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Lucic Is Staying: Will Not Return to Vancouver

Friday, 10.26.2007 / 3:44 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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Lucic Is Staying: Will Not Return to Vancouver
Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (62) sends Toronto Maple Leafs' Darryl Boyce to the ice during the second period of the NHL preseason hockey game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
Breaking News: Rookie forward Milan Lucic is staying with Boston and will not be returned to his junior squad.

"I talked to Milan this morning and I told him he would be with the team for the rest of the year," said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. "I told him to get a place.

"He was elated.

"I told him he still has some things to work on, and he agreed, but we like what he's brought so far and he's progressed...he's something the Bruins were looking for," he said.

Coach Claude Julien said that Milan is a valuable asset.

"I think he's shown us enough to allow him to stay with us this year," said Coach. "We think he is capable of getting better here and cerainly is capable of playing at this level."

More than anything, Milan looked as if a burden had been lifted from his shoulders.

"I guess you could say that it's been kind of a stressful (month)," he said. "But then again, I think I had good focus coming into camp -- I just wanted to work hard.

"I wanted to be one of those players that are hard to play against; a hard worker who gives 110%."

The 19-year-old has appeared in all nine games for the Bruins this year, recording 1 goal, 1 assist and 19 penalty minutes.  

Because of his age, Lucic was going to return to his junior club if the Bruins did not elect to keep him in Boston.

League rules allow players under the age of 20 to appear in 9 games before the first year of their contracts kick in.  Lucic's age prevents him from being assigned to Boston's AHL affiliate in Providence.

Congratulations to Milan! Go Bruins!

News and Notes...

The Bruins will look to continue their winning ways at the Garden on Saturday when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at 4:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030AM).  In three games this season, the Bruins are 3-0-0 at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Both the Bruins and Flyers have identical overall records entering Saturday's contest, with 6-3-0 marks.

The Bruins' most recent victory at home came at the hands of the Blackhawks on Thursday when two goals from Phil Kessel helped defeat Chicago, 3-1.  Meanwhile, the Flyers were tripped up by the Lightning in their last contest, 5-2.

The B's/Flyers game will start at 4:00 p.m. ET, not 7:00 p.m. ET as originally scheduled.

The Bruins decided to change the start time in order to avoid a conflict with the World Series, which begins at 8:00 p.m. ET.

"Being able to watch the Bruins on Saturday afternoon without missing a pitch of Game Three is a win-win situation for everyone involved," said Bruins Executive Vice President Charlie Jacobs earlier this week. 

Upcoming Game and Practice Schedule (Schedule is Subject to Change)
Saturday, October 27 (Boston, MA)
No pregame skate
4:00 p.m. ET, Game vs. Philadelphia Flyers (TV: NESN, RADIO, WBZ 1030)
Sunday, October 28 (Wilmington, MA)
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
Monday, October 29 (Wilmington, MA)
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
Tuesday, October 30 (Wilmington, MA)
10:30 a.m. ET - 12:00 p.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
Wednesday, October 31 (Wilmington, MA)
10:30 a.m. ET - 12:00 p.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
Thursday, November 1 (Boston, MA)
10:30 a.m. ET - 11:15 a.m. ET, pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden
7:00 p.m. ET, Game vs. Buffalo Sabres (TV: NESN, RADIO WBZ 1030)
Friday, November 2 (Wilmington, MA)
11:30 a.m. ET - 1:00 p.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
Afternoon, Travel to Ottawa

Media and Fan Information Line
Call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice schedule. Fans are encouraged to double check the schedule before heading to practice.

B's Points Leadeers as of 10/26
Rank/Player Goals/Assists/Points
1. M. Savard        1/7/8
t2. P. Bergeron   3/4/7
t2. P. Kessel       5/2/7
t4. P. Schaefer   1/4/5
t4. M. Sturm        3/2/5

W.B. Mason's Bruins Face-Off Live
Beginning a half hour before every NESN televised Bruins game, studio host Kathryn Tappen will preview the upcoming game along with Mike Milbury and Barry Pederson from the NESN HD Television Center.

After the game, NESN will deliver a complete wrap-up on Granite City Electric's Bruins Overtime Live, the network's half hour postgame show.

Text in your questions
NESN encourages fans to text their questions to NESN at 83733 to have them answered live by NESN analyst Andy Brickley during the game or by Bruins coaches and players during intermissions and postgame interviews.

"The Buzz" is Back, "Rubber Biscuit" Returns
Original NESN Entertainment delivers Bruins coverage at the start and end of every Saturday night.  NESN brings back two popular Bruins shows from last year- "The Buzz" with Hazel Mae and "Rubber Biscuit" with Rob Simpson.

"The Buzz" is a weekly fast paced Top 10 countdown of all things Bruins that will air every Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. ET and just before NESN's Bruins pregame show beginning October 13th.

"Rubber Biscuit" takes an up close and personal look at the Bruins players, coaches and fans every Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET beginning in November.

B's In the Community
10.30.07: Children's Hospital Boston has selected Patrice Bergeron as the 2007 "Champion Award."  He'll be honored at the hospital's October 30th Champions for Children's annual dinner and auction.

The award is given each year to a Boston athlete who exemplifies outstanding commitment to the community. Bergeron will receive the award from 10-year old David Youngerman, a patient with a rare brain disease called Moya Moya, whose life was saved by Children's Hospital.

More than 1,400 people-- including professional sports team owners, sports legends and business elite-- will gather on October 30 with the goal of  raising more than $4.5 million for Children's, the largest provider of care to low-income and underinsured children in Massachusetts.

Funds raised will help Children's continue its world-class care, cutting-edge research and community health programs.

Patrice and a friend at the Bruins Wives Carnival.




1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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