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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.7.2014 / 4:35 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - While the Bruins' opening night roster for the 2014-15 season was still in flux on Tuesday morning, Ryan Spooner, Bobby Robins and Matt Fraser knew that their names would be there before the puck drops against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

GM Peter Chiarelli announced that news with certainty on Tuesday morning, though the final 23-man opening day roster would later be submitted by 5:00 p.m.

They all know that being on the roster for opening night is merely an opportunity, but one that they'll gladly take.

"I'm excited. You know, extremely proud, and ready to go," said Spooner. "I've got a lot of strides to make. Right now, I'm just trying to play well and stay here."

"I've been up and down; I thought I've played well and had some stretches where I didn't play well, so it's about being consistent with it, and that's what I'm trying to do."

POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.7.2014 / 10:42 AM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - The Bruins hit the ice for practice at TD Garden on Tuesday morning, before the focus shifts to the home opener on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The opening night roster must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

David Krejci and David Pastrnak were both absent from the skate.

Krejci left Saturday night's final preseason game in the second period and did not return. Head Coach Claude Julien stressed that it was something "very, very minor" and that they just decided not to push it.

"But there won't be any issues there," Julien said postgame on Saturday.

Krejci joined the team on their weekend trip to Vermont.

POSTED ON Monday, 10.6.2014 / 4:25 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog - Following Saturday night's final preseason game, the Bruins hit the road for a team trip to Vermont.

The tradition of heading away on a trip prior to the start of the season serves as an opportunity for the group to get away from Boston for a few days, spend time as a team, and get refreshed before the test of 82-plus games.

Some may think it's not more beneficial than being on the ice for the past two days. But the players welcomed the change of scenery, especially given the emotionally tough day on Saturday after they let it sink in that Johnny Boychuk was headed to the Islanders in a trade that brought back three draft picks to Boston. They needed the time to regroup.

"It was an awesome weekend," said Torey Krug, speaking with pool reporters over the phone Monday on the bus ride back from Vermont. He sounded at ease. "I think anytime you go away with your teammates, it's always fun, first and foremost, and we were up at the Vermont Police Academy, hanging out having a good time."

"We went through a bunch of different educational exercises and training. We had a lot of fun with it - it was a great weekend."

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.4.2014 / 10:22 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - The Bruins dropped a 4-3 decision to Detroit in the shootout in their final preseason game on Saturday night. Patrice Bergeron scored a hat trick, forcing overtime.

But there was no talk of either topic postgame in the locker room.

News that came around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday just a few hours before puck drop was still difficult for the Bruins to take.

After six seasons in Black & Gold, Johnny Boychuk was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for for two second round draft picks and a conditional 2015 third round pick.

"It stings for everybody, and it stung for me too and the coaching staff and even we were quiet," Head Coach Claude Julien said postgame. "That doesn't mean we don't support - we obviously support our organization and understand why they had to make some of those tough decisions, but it doesn't mean the sting isn't there."

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.4.2014 / 6:32 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - On Saturday, General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins had acquired two second-round draft picks and a conditional 2015 draft pick from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

The two second round picks are the Philadelphia Flyers' second round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (acquired by the Isles in a March 4, 2014 Andrew MacDonald trade) and the Islanders' second round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Bruins would acquire the conditional 2015 third round pick from the Isles if New York trades Boychuk during the 2014-15 season to an Eastern Conference team.

Prior to the Bruins' final preseason game against Detroit on Saturday, Chiarelli addressed media at TD Garden regarding the transaction.

"This is a tough trade," said Chiarelli, stating what the gathered reporters in front of him already knew. "We all like Johnny."

"I spoke with him shortly after the trade consummated. I told him, 'you know, Johnny we brought you here from Colorado, you did everything we told you to do. You got better as a player. You were patient, you got better, you were part of the fabric of the team and this was really hard to do, but we've got - there's an element of business to it, an element of hockey and we tried to get ahead of it a little bit.'"

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.4.2014 / 11:42 AM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - The Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night at TD Garden in their final preseason game. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

The game will serve as the last tune-up for the Bruins before they open the 2014-15 season on Wednesday, October 8. Opening night rosters must be submitted to the League by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Most of the group hit the ice for a pregame skate at the Garden. Those who played Friday night in Bridgeport, Conn. as the Bruins earned a 6-1 win over the Islanders had the morning off.

The players called up from Providence - Chris Breen, Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Alex Khokhlachev, Justin Florek and Zach Trotman - were all reassigned to the P-Bruins.

"Yeah, they all went back last night after the game. We’re anticipating probably recalling Spooner for tonight again," Head Coach Claude Julien told media on Saturday morning. "So far, that would be the only one."

POSTED ON Friday, 10.3.2014 / 11:28 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Ryan Spooner has played more than 300 games over the past five years, including 27 in the NHL, as a centerman.

On Friday night, he was slotted into the lineup as a left wing, scoring a pair of goals en route to the Bruins' 6-1 preseason win over the New York Islanders at Webster Arena.

"I've played wing maybe once in the past five years, so it was definitely something that was a change for me," said Spooner. "But I just tried to be in the right spot, and I thought it went well."

Spooner was released from Boston's training camp on Wednesday, and joined Providence's camp. He was recalled on Friday morning for the game, with half of the Bruins' veterans getting the trip off.

"They told me - when I got sent down three days ago, they said that they might bring up a couple guys," said Spooner.

For him and the other recalls getting another shot in the Spoked-B, for no matter how long, it provided an opportunity to make a statement.

POSTED ON Friday, 10.3.2014 / 7:17 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BRIDGEPORT, CT - The Bruins face the New York Islanders tonight in a preseason tilt in Bridgeport, Conn. at Webster Bank Arena.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The tilt will be live streamed for fans on the Islanders’ website,

When the Bruins hit the ice for warmups, here were the line rushes and defense pairings:

POSTED ON Friday, 10.3.2014 / 3:24 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog - The Bruins continue their preseason action on Friday night against the New York Islanders in Bridgeport, Conn. at Webster Bank Arena.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The tilt will be live streamed for fans on the Islanders’ website,

Following a pregame skate at Ristuccia Arena on Friday morning, half of the Bruins’ training camp roster hopped on a bus to travel to Bridgeport.

Veterans like Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask got the trip off.

With the entire group not traveling, Boston recalled forwards Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Alex Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner, and defensemen Chris Breen and Zach Trotman, from the Providence Bruins for the game.

POSTED ON Friday, 10.3.2014 / 2:17 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON - It may have taken longer than anticipated, but David Pastrnak will get his opportunity.

Pastrnak is expected to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Islanders in Bridgeport, Conn., after being cleared by team doctors.

The forward tweaked his shoulder during just the second on-ice day of training camp, and had to sit on the sidelines as other young prospects received their chances to showcase themselves to the Bruins' brass.

"He's got the green light," Head Coach Claude Julien said, prior to Pastrnak and the Bruins' traveling squad making the three-hour bus ride to Bridgeport.

Pastrnak has been back on the ice skating for a week and a half, and working with Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides. He's ready to test his abilities against players at the next level.

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