2016-2017 NHL preview: The Boston Bruins have a new practice facility

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The Warrior Arena has now opened in Boston. The Bruins used to train at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington since entering the NHL in 1924 and according to Cam Neely (Bruins President), the Bruin’s practices will remain open to the public.

The training room includes an underwater treadmill, to help them recover from injury or improve cardiovascular conditioning and according to Neely, it’s likely that the Bruins will have their day of game morning workouts at the new facility.

https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/warrior-ice-arenas-grand-opening/t-277437088/c-44641603

Off season overview

NHL Training camp to start in the coming weeks.

Captains practice – The captain and alternate captains took some practice sessions instead of the coaches.

The Bruins went to China from July 13-July 23 for the first time, hosting several youth hockey clinics in Beijing and Shanghai over 150 Chinese youth hockey players. The clinics consisted of both on and off-ice training.

Matt Beleskey enters the second of a five year deal with the Bruins and David Krejci will be missing the World Cup of Hockey due to recovery from his off season hip surgery.

Below is a list of the most notable changes to the Bruins roster for the 2016-2017 season.

Home Team

– Zdeno Chara (Captain)
– Patrice Bergeron (Alternate Captain)
– David Krejci (Alternate Captain)
– Tuukka Rask (Goalie)
– Adam McQuaid
– Brad Marchand
– Kevan Miller
– Torey Krug

Draft Picks

Charlie McAvoy: No. 14 (Boston University)

Trent Frederic: No. 29 (USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program)

Ryan Lindgren: Second Round, No. 49 (USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program)

Joona Koppanen: Fifth Round, No. 135 (gold with the Finland national team at the 2016 World Junior Championship)

Cam Clark: Fifth Round, No. 136 (The North American Hockey League’s Defenseman of the Year)

Oskar Steen: Sixth Round, No. 165 (Ranked 18th among international skaters by NHL Central Scouting)

Signed Free Agents

David Backes – Five Year captain of the St. Louis Blues
– Signs five-year contract with Bruins

Defenseman John-Michael Liles – Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes.
– Re-signed 1 year deal

Forward Riley Nash – Carolina Hurricanes.
– Signs 2 year contract

Colin Miller – Bruins
– Signs two-year contract with Bruins.

Joe Morrow – Bruins
– Signs one-year contract.

Transfers

– Loui Eriksson (Forward) – Vancouver Canucks
– Chris Kelly (Forward) – Ottawa Senators
– Jonas Gustafsson (Goal Tender) – Edmonton Oilers
– Lee Stempniak (RW) – Carolina Hurricanes
– Zach Trotman (Defense) – LA Kings
– Brett Connolly (RW) – Washington Capitals
– Landon Ferraro – St.Louis Blues
– Dennis Seidenberg’s 7-year contract ended – He was bought-out from the remaining two-years of his contract.

Don Sweeney on Seidenberg.

“Very, very difficult decision and call to make with Dennis,” said Sweeney. “I want to thank him personally, on behalf of the Boston Bruins organization. He’s a terrific person, first and foremost, and his family was a big part of our organization and the success that we have had in winning a Stanley Cup and getting back to the Finals.”

Last season

The Bruins top scorers from last season were Bergeron and Marchand:
Brad Marchand – 37 goals, 24 assists
Patrice Bergeron – 32 goals, 36 assists

Although the Bruins didn’t make it to the playoffs last year, they were first in their conference at one point and they only just missed a wild card spot at the end of the season. The Bruins lost Eriksson and Kelly, but it will be interesting to see how the new members of the team adjust to the Bruins playing style.

Let’s Go Bruins!

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