Even though the big boys do not convene until Friday, which is the opening day of veteran's training camp, the baby bear cubs (also known as the Bruins rookies) where in action earlier this week.
They began training camp last Friday and they had their first rookie game on Monday night against the New York Islanders. Prized prospect Ryan Spooner scored two goals and tallied two assists in an 8-5 win. Spooner picked up right where he left off last year as the former second-round draft pick made the final cuts in last year's Bruins camp. This year he might actually challenge for a roster spot, with the worst case scenario being him getting a call-up when an injury exists among the top Bruins players.
Reports say that Brad Marchand is hoping to get a new deal done by the time camp opens, which is in three days time. If that does not get done there is speculation that Marchand might not be a Bruin by the time the regular season starts. We all know that Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin, and Jordan Caron are likely candidates to fill his spot on the second line if that occurs. But are the Bruins willing to seek re-enforcements outside of the organization?
There is a rumor that the Bruins are willing to pull the trigger on a trade that will send Marchand to the Washington Capitals for left winger Alexander Semin. A solid player with speed and scoring ability, Semin scored 28 goals and tallied 26 assists last season. He spent time on the first and second lines for the Capitals. This player is a mirror image of Marchand, but Boston would lose the agitator quality he possesses. The trade rumor makes sense. Will fans go for it? Very doubtful.
On a side note, Marc Savard will indeed get his name engraved onto the Stanley Cup. After missing the majority of the season with concussion symptoms, the Bruins petitioned for the veteran center to get his name on hockey's greatest prize.
The rules say that a player must play 41 regular season games or one Stanley Cup Final game to be eligible to get on the Cup. Defenseman Steve Kampfer played 38 regular season games and he will not get onto the Cup. That is very disappointing to me. If he did not suffer that mild concussion in the middle of last season, his name would be right next to Savvy's name. Shame.