Zdeno Chara practices, but could miss opener

“You hit a bump along the way – it doesn’t mean that everything else explodes”, Julien said as he prepared for his ninth season on the Bruins bench. With the 38-year-old now taking part in practice, it potentially opens the door for his availability to a Bruins team that badly needs him for the October. 8 season opener against the Winnipeg Jets.


“Well I guess the torch the gets passed along, right?”

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Boston Bruins have placed the 31-year-old forward on waivers for the goal of assignment. He came to the Bruins last season in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche and posted three assists in 18 games as Boston faltered down the stretch. The young Bruins defense behind Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, who is out for the next several weeks after back surgery, was going to be tested even with Chara in the lineup. There is a bit of returning experience behind them in Adam McQuaid (283 career games), Torey Krug (160) and Kevan Miller (88), while ex-Shark Matt Irwin has played 153 games over three National Hockey League seasons, but whether it’s Zach Trotman (29 games), Joe Morrow (15) or newcomer Colin Miller (none), at least one rookie, and perhaps more, will always be in the lineup.

But I don’t think there’s literally any way that the Bruins can be as bad as they were a year ago. It’s day-to-day, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s practice. “Yeah, 100 percent”, goalie Tuukka Rask said. If you’re taking offensive chances, you’re going to be exposed at times. We’re not saying that this is it, and this is what we’re going with for the whole season.

Their quest for more offense aside, the Bruins aren’t supposed to leave their goalies high and dry.

“I do think we understand the thing they are able to do offensively”. “We’re retaining our alternatives wide-open generally there as well”.

His phrasing made a little more sense Tuesday evening, as the B’s announced that they had loaned Smith to the Iowa Wild, the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. The future for Talbot, who practiced Tuesday despite being placed on waivers a day earlier, had yet to be determined when he met with the media after learning he’d gone unclaimed.


One player must come off the roster when Chara is activated.

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