Seventeen B's games on national TV

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A total of 17 Bruins games in the 2014-15 season will be broadcast nationally on NBC or the NBC Sports Network. Twelve of those games will be broadcast exclusively on one of the networks exclusively, while the other seven will also be broadcast locally on NESN.

Here’s the list:

Bruins games on NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):
Wednesday, October 8 vs. Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15 at Detroit at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 28 vs. Minnesota at 7 p.m. (also on NESN)
Wednesday, November 12 at Toronto at 8 p.m.
Monday, November 24 vs. Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. (also on NESN)
Wednesday, December 17 at Minnesota at 8 p.m.
Monday, December 29 vs. Detroit at 7 p.m. (also on NESN)
Wednesday, January 7 at Pittsburgh at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 4 at New York Rangers at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 8 vs. Montreal at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17 vs. Buffalo at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 2 at Detroit at 7:30 p.m. (also on NESN)
Wednesday, April 8 at Washington 8 p.m.

Bruins flex games on either NBC or NBCSN:
Sunday, February 22 at Chicago 12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, March 8 vs. Detroit at 12:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. (NBC/NBCSN)
Sunday, March 15 at Washington at 12:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. (NBC/NBCSN)
Saturday, April 11 at Tampa Bay 3 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. (NBC/NBCSN/NESN)

Bruins sign Caron, Florek, four others

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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins on Friday announced six separate player signings.

The team signed forwards Jordan Caron, Craig Cunningham, Tyler Randell and Justin Florek, plus defensemen Tommy Cross and Zach Trotman.

Caron's deal is a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000. Cross's deal is a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $72,500 in the AHL. Cunningham's contract is a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 in the AHL. Florek's one-year, two-way deal is worth $600,000 in the NHL and $90,000 at the AHL level.

Randell's deal is a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL. Trotman's contract is a two-year deal. In Year 1, it's a two-way deal worth $600,000 (NHL) and $80,000 (AHL). In Year 2, the contract is a one-way deal worth $650,000 (NHL).

Penguins hire Mark Recchi as coach

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired seven-time All-Star Mark Recchi as the franchise's player development coach.

The 46-year-old Recchi will be in charge of working with prospects throughout the minor leagues as well as at the college and junior levels.

Recchi spent the last two years as a senior adviser with the Dallas Stars. He scored 577 goals during a 22-year career that included stints in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal, Boston and Carolina. Recchi won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins, the Hurricanes and the Bruins. He retired after the 2011 season.


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Source: Caron agrees to one-year deal

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The Boston Bruins have signed forward Jordan Caron to a one-year, one-way deal worth $600,000, according to a league source.

The deal is a $40,000 decrease from the one-year, one-way contract he played under with the Bruins during the 2013-14 season.

Prior to the start of the free-agent period on July 1, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted other organizations had contacted him about the possibility of acquiring Caron’s services. Even though the Bruins have re-signed the 23-year-old forward, it’s still possible Caron will be traded.

Caron, a first-round pick (25th overall) in the 2009 draft, has played a total of 132 games in parts of four seasons with the Bruins and has registered 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. He spent much of last season as a healthy scratch, but played 35 games during the regular season and seven during the playoffs.

“I think he can be a full-time player,” Chiarelli said earlier this month of Caron. “I’ve gotten a couple calls on him today and I have talked to him about this. It may be that it is time for him to get a chance with another team. As I said at the draft, I’ve talked to a few teams about him and Jordan wants to stay in Boston, but he would welcome another opportunity also. So I will continue to explore those.”

Bruins sign Bartkowski, Pastrnak

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Scott Audette/Getty ImagesMatt Bartkowski's first full season with the Bruins resulted in 18 assists and a plus-22 rating in 64 games.

The Boston Bruins have re-signed defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year deal and inked recently drafted forward David Pastrnak to an entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday.

The Bruins and Bartkowski avoided an arbitration hearing with the deal, which is worth $1.25 million.

"It's always good if you can come to an agreement before the hearing. So I think it sends a positive message to Matt that we want to have him back," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement.

Bartkowski, 26, played his first full season with the Bruins in 2013-14 and registered 18 assists in 64 games. He also had a plus-22 rating and 30 penalty minutes.

"I'm grateful to be able to sign with the Bruins organization, because I know we have a chance to win every year and I'm excited for the upcoming season," Bartkowski said.

He began the season as a healthy scratch and eventually worked his way into the lineup after Boston's blue line suffered numerous injuries.


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Teams with new No. 1 prospects

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Now that we've had some time to consider how each team's haul from the 2014 draft fits into their pipeline, we can identify which clubs now have a new No. 1 prospect in their system.

A reminder on the term "prospects" as I define them: Players outside the NHL are eligible if they have played fewer than 25 NHL games in any season, and fewer than 50 career NHL games total. So players like Evgeny Kuznetsov, Mikhail Grigorenko and Teuvo Teravainen are eligible, while Brett Connolly and Beau Bennett are not.

Here, in alphabetical order, are NHL clubs that now have a new No. 1 prospect in their system thanks to the 2014 draft.

David Pastrnak, RW, Boston Bruins

2013-14 team: Sodertalje (SHL-2)

Pastrnak had one of the most productive seasons in the lower Swedish league for an under-18 forward in decades, despite a late back injury that kept him out of the under-18 championships. His 24 points in 36 games surpassed Filip Forsberg's 17 points when the Nashville Predators prospect was in this situation. His hockey IQ is really high, as he sees all his options, processes the game very quickly and understands how to play with pace. He's a good skater with shiftiness and an above-average top gear, who also possesses a quick release on his shot.

The top few prospects in the Bruins' system are all small, skill forwards with Pastrnak joining Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev. Pastrnak is a level higher in terms of the skill/hockey IQ combination, so even though they all have similar skill sets, Pastrnak's potential is a level higher. He has fringe top-line potential.

Sam Reinhart, C, Buffalo Sabres

2013-14 team: Kootenay (WHL)

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruce Cassidy talked about the prospects at Bruins development camp from the perspective of an American Hockey League head coach, but there's always on eye on the bigger prize.

"I want to be in the NHL every year," the Providence Bruins head coach said Thursday, "simple as I can say."

Those words come as Boston has a vacancy on its bench. Last month, Bruins longtime assistant coach Geoff Ward resigned to take a head coaching job in German after serving for seven seasons on Claude Julien's staff, and Cassidy has been mentioned as a possible replacement.

"Well that's where I am now," Cassidy said of his status with Providence. "So whatever happens down the road with the vacancy here will happen. But I'm always preparing for Providence. You know, if something else changes, well give me a call and I'll talk to you about it."
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Malcolm Subban completed his first season as a professional with the Providence Bruins of the AHL in 2013-14, but there's a reason he's among a group of amateurs at the Bruins' annual rookie development camp this week.

For example: The 20-year-old goaltending prospect was nearly 45 minutes late getting onto the ice for the first day of camp Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena. After the session, Subban explained he experienced leg cramps after the dry-land running drills and needed to ice down before he put his equipment on to join the others on the ice.

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Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY SportsMalcolm Subban is focused on making the most of his opportunity at Bruins development camp.
"Well, we told him to drink a little bit more water on a hot day," said Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney with a laugh.

There's still plenty Subban needs to learn about being a pro, and that's why he's here.

"As a young goaltender, we felt that the time he would be able to spend with [goalie coach] Bob [Essensa] would be very, very instrumental in continuing his development," Sweeney said. "So, he had a really good first year, had some ups and downs, had to fight through some things, and try and try and battle for the net. It's healthy for him to be around kids really his own age, to be honest with you, even as a first-year pro. So we're happy that he's here and going to be able to take advantage of that extra time."

The Bruins selected Subban in the first round (24th overall) of the 2012 NHL entry draft, and he spent the entire 2013-14 season with the P-Bruins, posting a 15-10-5 record and a 2.31 goals-against average, with one shutout in 33 games. Sharing the net (with Niklas Svedberg) was something Subban was not used to doing in his career.

"I'm used to playing a lot of games and being the go-to guy, so it was kind of tough being the secondary guy," Subban said. "I just tried to stay focused mentally, and that was the hardest thing for me mentally was to stay focused and earn my way. You don't play as much, so when you get a chance to play you got to play well, and that's what I tried to do."

Added Subban: "Last year was huge for my development I felt, adjusting to the game and seeing where you belong and what kind of style you have to play. Obviously, you don't want to change too much, but I felt I needed to make a couple of adjustments coming into the AHL. I thought it went really well, to be honest."

The Bruins recently signed Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000 to serve as Tuukka Rask's backup.

If that plays out during training camp and Svedberg earns the backup role, Subban will see plenty of rubber in Providence next season. Subban said he's prepared for anything, so when the Bruins informed him that he would participate in development camp, the response was typical. He told Sweeney, "Hey, man, whatever you want," explained the assistant GM.

"He's very easygoing that way," Sweeney said. "Great nature, and really wants to be on the ice. [I] felt that he would be able to take advantage of it as I described it, and [he] was very, very receptive."

With Rask locked up through the 2020-21 season, where do Subban and Svedberg fit into the Bruins' plans, beyond having depth at the goaltending position and a healthy internal competition?

"I think the book on goaltending is that you should be patient to allow them to go through some ups and down and experiences," Sweeney said. "Tuukka is a great example of that, spending time in the American League, coming up, having an apprenticeship, so to speak, then getting the net."

Now that Rask is the true No. 1 goaltender for the Bruins, Svedberg and Subban find themselves as the so-called apprentices.

"[Svedberg] is going to try and go in and be that backstop, the complementary piece to Tuukka," Sweeney said. "The other guys are going to move along the path that they're supposed to be."

Subban doesn't lack for confidence, but he understands his role in the organization and will prepare this summer to compete for the backup role in Boston or be ready for another season in the AHL. So the fact that he's back at development camp does not bother Subban or ruffle his ego.

"It's good," Subban said. "It keeps you sharp for the rest of the summer, and it's good to get back on the ice and see the guys. It's a fun camp, besides the run test."

Subban is disappointed about one thing: He left his Xbox at home. David Pastrnak, Boston's first-round pick (No. 25 overall) in this June's draft, has an extremely outgoing personality and is already chirping that he's better than Subban at NHL14.

"I wish I brought it, but we might go get one," Subban said with a smile.

Realistically, Subban needs more time to develop at the pro level. He knows he has to be outstanding in order to earn a spot and play in the NHL for the Bruins. That progress began last summer at development camp, and it continues now.

"I'm just focused on getting better this summer and competing for a spot in September," he said, as he took a drink of water.
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Hockey can be equated to a classic Disneyland ride.

"It's a pretty small hockey world," Boston College forward and Massachusetts native Ryan Fitzgerald said Thursday after skating in the second day of Bruins development camp, "to be this far down the line and still be playing with kids that I played with when I was 10."

It's been a common occurrence for the Bruins in the last several years.

Boston has drafted a Massachusetts-born player in each of the last three drafts. The organization hasn't really seen a bumper crop of New England-born players from the region's secondary schools since the period from 1984 through 1992 -- a span that also happens to coincide with what many view as the zenith of high school hockey in Massachusetts.

Many of the recent draft picks have ties to the team. Both Fitzgerald and Ryan Donato, this year's second-rounder, have fathers (Tom and Ted, respectively) who donned the spoked B. Charlestown native and current Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who was selected out of the United States National Team Development Program in the third round in 2012, is the son of John Grzelcyk, longtime member of the "bull gang" at TD Garden.

In addition, the Bruins drafted defenseman Robbie O'Gara out of Milton (Massachusetts) Academy in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. Although O'Gara is a native of Long Island, he and 2013 fifth-rounder Wiley Sherman (Hotchkiss School/Greenwich, Connecticut) add further New England roots.

All are in attendance at development camp this week.

"I think half the guys here are from Massachusetts," Providence Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy quipped after Thursday's skating session.

It underlines one of two recent trends in the Bruins' draft philosophy.

In the same years the organization has increasingly pulled from its backyard, the Bruins are also looking to Sweden. Boston has taken five players from the country's junior ranks in the last two years, headlined by the Bruins' first picks in each of those years -- 2014 first-rounder David Pastrnak and 2013 second-rounder Linus Arnesson.

The Bruins also have beefed up their presence in the area, adding former fan favorite P.J. Axelsson as a European scout, in addition to Svenake Svensson, who also is based in Sweden and has been with the team for 24 years.

It points to the evolving nature of hockey at home and across the pond -- one that has brought two schools of philosophy closer together.

"I think the game's becoming more centralized," Cassidy said Thursday. "The North American game has gone more toward the European game -- with puck possession and the way the lineups are filled out. And the European game has moved a little bit toward the North American styles. Some of these Swedes that are coming over here and they're gritty, they're hard on the puck, they're hard to get the puck from, they compete for it, whereas in years past you might not have said that."

It should come as no surprise that the Bruins' assistant director of amateur scouting is a local as well. Scott Fitzgerald, brother of Tom Fitzgerald and uncle to Ryan, is part of the brain trust that has charted a course to familiar waters.

"It's pretty special putting on the black and gold, but it's awesome to be able to do it with a couple of Mass. guys as well," Ryan Donato said Thursday. "It shows how good Mass. hockey is. I think it just shows that Mass. hockey is getting better."

There might just be a symbiotic relationship to hockey in the area. For all the rinks and hockey careers Bobby Orr inspired, the same might be able to be said of the Bruins' most recent Stanley Cup victory.

"You watch [Donato's] family realize how exciting it is, both Ryans for that matter [Donato and Fitzgerald], and Grizz's [Matt Grzelcyk] family is a great story," Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said on Wednesday. "They weren't drafted because of the story, but the best part about it is they get to add another chapter. And if they do go on to fulfill their dream, then it becomes that much better, that much more rewarding for everybody involved because the Bruins are part of the fabric of this community."

While tight-knit, there are six degrees of separation sometimes in the hockey community.

Despite growing up in the same state, having fathers who played for the same team and being separated by only a couple of years in age, the younger Donato and Fitzgerald had never met until joining the team at Ristuccia Arena this week. The centers have more in common than not. Besides their first name, they share the same outlook regarding the name on the back of their sweaters.

"He'll probably say the same thing, we've had it our whole life," Ryan Fitzgerald said about the pressures of growing up in an NHL family. "It's something that we've dealt with. We don't feel that much pressure to be honest with you."

Donato reflected on the impact he and his fellow local Bruins could have on the younger generation. It's also possible that Massachusetts could produce next year's overall No. 1 draft pick in Chelmsford's Jack Eichel -- a former teammate of Donato's at the youth level -- in addition to several potential first-rounders in a rich draft class.

"Little kids will look up to them and a bunch of the guys here and want to be like them," Donato said. "That's a pretty special thing."

A world of hockey that's pretty small, after all.

Pastrnak hopes to stick around a while

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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- David Pastrnak’s experience in the United States has consisted of a trip to Philadelphia for the NHL Draft and a visit to Massachusetts this week for Bruins development camp.

But the 18-year-old native of the Czech Republic is making his case to stay in North America. In fact, the Bruins’ first-round draft pick might not have any choice in the matter for some time. He told reporters on Thursday that he lost his passport.

His agent told him that he might have “lost it on purpose” in an attempt to stick in Boston.

At 6 feet and 173 pounds, it’s a bit premature to imagine this year’s 25th overall selection sticking in Boston, but he’s turned heads in his two-day stint thus far.

“He’s fast, he plays at a very high rate of speed,” Bruce Cassidy, the head coach of the Providence Bruins, said after Thursday’s camp session at Ristuccia Arena. “He’s got great one-on-one ability, body control. He’s a high-end skill player. It’s hard to evaluate his overall skill at this point, obviously, because it’s mostly one-on-one, but you can see why he’s a high pick.”

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Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesDavid Pastrnak has already impressed Providence Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy at development camp. "He's got great one-on-one ability, body control. He's a high-end skill player," said Cassidy.
Pastrnak played in 36 games with Södertälje (SSK) in Sweden last year, posting eight goals and 16 assists with its Allsvenskan (juniors) league squad. He also was a part of the Czech Republic’s bronze-medal-winning U-18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. Pastrnak made the move to the Swedish junior ranks for the 2012-13 season after playing with AZ Havirov in his homeland.

“There is a time when I changed my game,” Pastrnak said of his time with SSK. “I think I’m a two-way forward now. It’s important, you have to be a two-way forward if you want to make not just the NHL but any big league.”

The decision came with much debate, after considering coming to play junior hockey in North America. Pastrnak said the move away from home was difficult enough and admitted to being home sick.

If he’d come to North America earlier, Pastrnak added, “They would have crushed me here.”

Another benefit to playing in Sweden -- and aiding his potential move to the Americas -- was Pastrnak learning a new language. He took it upon himself to learn English, in order to talk with this teammates.

There’s another part of Pastrnak’s game that translates as well.

“If you can skate, you can play anywhere,” he said.

While Pastrnak’s raw skill is apparent, he’s only begun his physical development.

“You’re playing against men -- violent, angry men a lot of nights,” Cassidy said of life in the NHL.

However, the Bruins are depleted in a category Pastrnak can satisfy: right-hand-shot forwards. And that, in addition to his eye-popping skill that had him ranked fourth among European skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s midterm report last year, could bolster his odds to stay.

“That’s an area of need,” Cassidy said of the Bruins' depth on the wing, “so he has that going for him as well.”

Pastrnak wasn’t looking past this week’s camp.

“It’s hard to say, you never know,” he said of his chances for making the big club out of the chute.

“I just want to show them they made the right decision.
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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images"Honestly, I blacked out when I got drafted," Ryan Donato said of his immediate reaction to being selected by the Bruins.

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- When Ryan Donato heard his name called at the NHL entry draft last month at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, he experienced a moment of shock upon being selected by the Boston Bruins.

"Honestly, I blacked out when I got drafted," Donato said with a big smile.

The Bruins selected Donato, 18, in the second round, the 56th overall pick. The 6-foot, 174-pound forward from the Dexter School is the son of former Bruins forward and current Harvard men's ice hockey coach Ted Donato.

Ted Donato played nine seasons for the Bruins, and when he heard his son's name called last month in Philadelphia, Ted gave Ryan a big hug.

On Wednesday, Ryan Donato was on the ice as an official member of the Bruins' organization. Donato joined 22 other potential prospects, most of whom were wearing the spoked B for the first time, on the first day of rookie development camp at Ristuccia Arena.

"It's incredible," Donato said. "Watching my dad, and being around the rinks growing up, and now being able to put on the Black and Gold myself felt really good."


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Orr & Messier & YzermanGetty ImagesWho's the best player from their respective franchises? Vote now!
Time to step up, people.

We want you to name your favorite player from your favorite team -- of all time. Not just this season, not just the past five years, not just that one time when they should have won the Stanley Cup but were robbed by a bad call. Of all time. Columbus Blue Jackets fans, you've got less work to do than, say, fans of the Montreal Canadiens. And keep in mind that the player is representing the franchise, not just the team. New Jersey Devils fans, don't forget about your complicated lineage. Winnipeg Jets fans, remember those long, hot winters in Atlanta. Etc.

So, who's it going to be? Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque or Zdeno Chara? Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull or Jonathan Toews? Marcel Dionne or Jonathan Quick? Mike Modano or Cesare Maniago? Yes, it's a tough gig, picking players from different positions and different eras. Who cares if Bobby Clarke had to finish his career wearing Cooperalls? The bottom line: Does he deserve to be named Mr. Flyer over Bernie Parent? Or Eric Lindros (wouldn't that be ironic)?

We need representation from all 30 teams, or it's just not going to work, so vote now and vote often. Vote for players on teams you love, vote for players on teams you don't.

You can cast your ballot in three ways: in the comments section below, through our Facebook page or, if you're hitting us up from the Twitter, use the hashtag #ESPNplayerNHL. We'll sift through all of the comments and isolate the most insightful and invective-free for a grand and provocative unveiling later in the summer.

The time for bellyaching is over. You can't complain if you don't vote. Now, go!
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday that they have signed a letter of intent for a long-term lease with Boston Landing to build a new practice facility in the Allston-Brighton complex that is set to open in fall 2016.

Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2015 on the 14-acre site that includes the new world headquarters of New Balance. A commuter rail station will also be built. Also, additional office buildings, retail shops, restaurants, a hotel and sports complex will be developed on the site.

For years, the Bruins have been talking about a new, state-of-the-art practice facility in order to keep up with other NHL organizations. The Bruins discussed and studied many options until deciding on the New Balance site.

“I am thrilled that we have found the Bruins a new practice home within the Boston city limits,” said Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs. “Our goal is to set the industry standard in everything that we do, and we are confident that our new practice facility will do just that. As we enter the design phase of the project, we look forward to sharing details as they become available.”

The Bruins have been using Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Mass., as their practice rink since the 1987-88 season. Over the years, the Bruins have made renovations to the rink to accommodate the players, but the facility is not up to league standards. Most NHL teams have top-notch facilities.

“Since joining the Bruins in a front-office capacity, a goal of mine has been to move the Bruins into a first-class practice facility and this agreement moves us closer to accomplishing that goal,” said Bruins team president Cam Neely. “The vision that New Balance has for the Boston Landing project is exactly what we were looking for, and we are confident that through this partnership, we will build a facility that our entire organization will be proud of.”

Since many of the players live in the city, this new practice facility will make it more convenient for players and fans.

Fraser excited for opportunity

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BOSTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is confident the organization’s development system is ready to make significant contributions for the salary-cap challenged team in 2014-2015.

Before the free-agent period opened Tuesday, Chiarelli had said he would not go full force into the market. Instead, he believes the organization’s prospects are ready to make an impact for the Bruins.

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Francois Lacasse/NHLI/Getty ImagesMatt Fraser (No. 25) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against the Canadiens in Game 4.
The way the roster looks right now, Chiarelli said there will be four or five players competing for two forward spots. Those players include: Matt Fraser, Ryan Spooner, Justin Florek, Bobby Robins and Alexander Khokhlachev.

Bruins coach Claude Julien would have to tweak his lineup to accommodate those two spots, depending on which players prove their worth during training camp. Fraser, who made an impact during his brief stints with the Bruins last season, can play either wing and is ready for the opportunity.

“I think it’s exciting that they’re leaning towards presenting that opportunity to some players, because as a player that’s all you want, you want a spot there that’s open that could be yours,” Fraser said in a phone interview. “For myself, I’ve got to take what I learned from this past season, in the American League and in the NHL, and you’ve got to put it to good use and you’ve got to learn from that experience and rely on that experience and let everything else take over.”

Fraser arrived in Boston as part of a seven-player trade that sent Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Joe Morrow. Hampered by injury, Fraser was limited to 44 regular-season games with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. He registered 20 goals and 10 assists for 30 points for the P-Bruins. During the Calder Cup playoffs, he had three goals and two assists for five points in five games before he was recalled to Boston and played four games for the Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“Obviously, the whole experience was pretty invaluable for my development as a player and development in this organization,” Fraser said. “I think anytime you can get your feet wet in the NHL, whether it’s the regular season or the playoffs you gain that experience and you get a little more comfortable with the guys and how stuff is done. When camp rolls around in September you’re not so nervous and you can be yourself, on and off the ice, and you can relax when you’re out there and you’re not gripping your stick so tight because you know you’ve done this before and it’s just another day out there. Overall, it made me feel just a little more comfortable on the ice, knowing that I can play and keep up and do the things I need to do to stay there.”

Fraser suffered a displaced fracture in his right foot while playing for the P-Bruins in Game 1 of their Calder Cup playoff series against the Springfield Falcons. He finished that five-game series and then played four games for the Bruins with the injury. He said at the time he would rather cut off his foot than be taken out of the lineup.

Fraser had surgery a week after the season ended and he’ll continue to rehab this summer. He returned to Boston last week for an examination and the healing process is progressing well. He expects to be 100 percent for the start of training camp in September.

“They said everything was looking good and everything was ahead of schedule,” explained Fraser.

He’s working closely with the team’s training and medical staff to make sure it heals properly. Currently, he’s working on his upper body while his foot heals for another month and he’s scheduled to start skating in early August.

“I want to make sure it’s 100 percent and that I’m not taking steps back in the summer, so I can make sure I don’t have any more problems with it,” he said.

After the surgery, he returned home to Red Deer, Alberta and was finally able to reflect on his first season in the Bruins’ organization. The biggest moment of the season came when he scored the game-winning goal at 1:19 of overtime to help the Bruins to a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series on May 8 at Bell Centre in Montreal.

“Obviously scoring that goal, words can’t describe it,” he said. “Coming home and seeing how much support you have that you didn’t even know about and that’s kind of when it sinks in. Two weeks after being home, you see your friends and people come out of the woodwork and talk to you and things like that. After a few weeks it sank in and you realize what you accomplished, but at the same time I would imagine when Lucic goes home, or Bergy goes home they get that all the time and that’s because they’ve done it game in and game out, season in and season out. For me, it was one game but it gave me a taste of what kind of player I wanted to be in this league.”

Fraser has the opportunity to make an impact for the Bruins in 2014-2015 and beyond and he’s ready for the challenge.

Bruins set dates for development camp

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The Bruins announced their preliminary practice schedule and roster for their annual development camp.

The camp will be held from Wednesday, July 9 through Sunday, July 13 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. All on-ice sessions are open to the public and the media.

The camp features 23 players -- 13 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders. That includes 17 players within the Bruins organization, counting Boston’s four selections in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and six additional players attending on an invite basis.

Here are the players:

Forwards: Cole Bardreau*, Kyle Baun*, Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik, Mitchell Dempsey, Michael Doherty*, Ryan Donato, Ryan Fitzgerald, Alex Globke*, Colton Hargrove, Simon Norberg*, David Pastrnak.

Defensemen: Linus Arnesson, Matt Benning, Matt Grzelcyk, Emil Johansson, Rob O’ Gara, Wiley Sherman, Billy Sweezey*, Oleg Yevenko*.

Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Malcolm Subban.

* invite basis.

CAMP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, July 9 (Ristuccia Arena)
-- On-ice practice, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 10 (Ristuccia Arena)
-- On-ice practice, 11:00 a.m.

Friday, July 11 (Ristuccia Arena)
-- On-ice practice, 10:00 a.m.
-- Community event locations and times TBD

Saturday, July 12 (Ristuccia Arena)
-- On-ice practice, 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 13 (Ristuccia Arena)
-- On-ice practice, 10:00 a.m.


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