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Julien: "Not really very inspirational."

B's head coach says his team has work to do.

Wednesday, 09.23.2009 / 9:22 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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Julien: \"Not really very inspirational.\"
6:19 p.m.
"Timmy [Thomas] is gonna play tomorrow," said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien to the gathered press on Wenesday afternoon. "I’m not one hundred percent sure [if Tim will play on Friday or Saturday]. 

"Timmy should play two out of three. That’s my goal whether I go back-to-back with Timmy or...decide to keep him for Saturday -- I haven't decided yet.

"I think a lot of that will be decided on what I see in Montreal," he said.

6:09 p.m.
And then there were 36...
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has released four players from their main training camp.

Jamie Arniel, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jeff Penner and Kevin Regan have been assigned to Boston’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins.

36 players now remain in the team’s camp.

6:08 p.m.
Late update
The second session: Bitz, Thomas, Sobotka, Thornton, Rask, Savard, Sturm, Kobasew, Lucic, Krejci, Wheeler, Boychuck, Ryder, Ference, Bergeron, Recchi, Hunwick, Wideman, Morris and Stuart.

12:41 p.m.

The first session just ended. MacDonald, Hamill, Sabourin, McQuaid, Lehtonen, Bodnarchuk, Lefebvre, Marchand, Larman, Fata, LoVecchio, Whitfield, Arniel,  Wozniewski, Penner, McKelvie and Regan were on the ice.

11:05 a.m.
Modest House (of Pain)
B's beat cop, Shawn Thornton, has shown an offensive flair during Training Camp '09 and last night was no exception.

However, if you listen to #22, you might think that there is no skill involved -- on his part -- when it comes to any of his goals/assists/points

"My linemates did a great job on the forecheck and the puck came to me," he said of the pretty goal he shoveled off the backhand and by Columbus' goalie Matheiu Garon. "I wanted to slide it across to Trent (Whitefield), but that wasn't there so I just threw it on net and it was lucky enough to go in."

I tend to disagree with Thornton's self assessment, so I listened carefully when Marc Savard talked about Thornton's helper on #91's goal.

"That's funny because Claude was just yelling at the line before saying 'Go to the net. Go to the net.' And I just happened to come of the bench and he wasn't finished yelling it," explained Savard. "So I caught a piece of it just went to the net and Thortie threw one of his bombs at the net.

"It came on right on my stick and I was able to put it right on the inside of the post."

Thornton's assessment was that it must of been a "howitzer" of a shot from Savard.

"Yah I got a little bit of wood on it," said Marc. "But it was a good play by him getting pucks to the net."


10:28 a.m.
Goaltending Decision Soon?
It sounds as if the question as to who will be sharing goaltending duties with Tim Thomas will be answered in short order.

"We're getting down to three games here and in those three games Timmy has got to be able to play -- he's only had the one outing," said Julien. "I think you can figure out things pretty good from there.

"We'll take time to talk with upper management and make sure we're all on the same page."

9:26 p.m.

Wednesday's Work in Wilmington
B's head coach Claude Julien did not mince words when he came out of the office to talk to the gathered press on Tuesday evening.

"Not really very inspirational to say the least," was Julien's opinion of the Bruins 6-5 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

With his anger assuaged by the preseason context, Julien tempered his remarks somewhat by turning the page and focusing on the remaining time in training camp.

There is some work to be done here -- lots of work before the season starts," he said. "We will make some of those corrections and hopefully we can get better here in the later part of training camp.

"I think we have some players that have to be better for us. Those are obviously players that have been here and they have to find their game and that is why there is still some work to do."

Marc Savard, who has been a spark-plug in the two games in which he has appeared, had a similar assessment.

"It was pretty sloppy...all around," said the veteran center. "We kept trying to tie it least we got a point which still means something to us.

"You take the positives -- we battle back -- but it was a pretty sloppy game for us I think."

Boston will practice in two sessions beginning at 11 a.m.




1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50


P. Bergeron 76 21 32 2 53
L. Eriksson 76 20 24 2 44
M. Lucic 76 18 26 15 44
C. Soderberg 77 12 30 11 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
B. Marchand 72 22 17 5 39
R. Smith 76 13 25 9 38
T. Krug 73 12 25 15 37
D. Krejci 42 7 21 6 28
D. Pastrnak 41 11 16 14 27
T. Rask 32 19 12 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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