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John Moore (shoulder) will be out to begin Bruins training camp

John Moore (shoulder) will be out to begin Bruins training camp

BOLTON, Mass – At the very least, the Bruins are going to be down at least one regular player when the season gets going next month.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed on Monday at the Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament at the International that D-man John Moore won’t be ready to start training camp after shoulder surgery this summer.

The 28-year-old Moore made it all the way through the Stanley Cup Final with a banged up body and then succumbed to shoulder surgery on June 26 that’s estimated to sideline him for 4-6 months. The earlier end of that timeline would leave Moore out for pretty much all of the preseason, and leave him out to start the regular season as well.

Moore is hopeful that he’ll be back sooner than later, but it will well ahead of schedule if he’s available to play much before the beginning of November.

“I feel good. It’s been kind of a process getting back and doing rehab. I’ve been here all summer just grinding away,” said Moore. “This surgery really kicked my ass, but every day I’m just trying to take little steps and make little improvements.

“I definitely won’t be ready to go off the start, but I hope I’ll be ready to go shortly thereafter. You base it off what the surgeon says. There are guidelines and I’m optimistic I’ve been hitting all of them that it will be sooner [for a return] than later. Initially when we started the process 4-6 months was the window and I’m hoping it will be more toward the fourth months.”

Moore finished with four goals and 13 points in 61 games this past season, his first as a member of the Bruins, and is among a number of Bruins defensemen that might not be ready to start the regular season for a number of reasons. Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) may be out to start training camp as well and both Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo remain unsigned with NHL training camp set to begin on Thursday morning.

While Moore’s absence will be among a number of factors testing Boston’s depth on the back end, it also opens up some salary cap flexibility to start the season as he will most assuredly begin the season on long term injured reserve. This means the B’s will be able to use his $2.75 million in cap space while attempting to resign McAvoy and Carlo ahead of October’s start to the regular season, and put off any cap moves until well into the regular season.

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Bruins' Jake DeBrusk 'more aware of what to expect' as RFA after watching McAvoy, Carlo

Bruins' Jake DeBrusk 'more aware of what to expect' as RFA after watching McAvoy, Carlo

BRIGHTON, Mass. — Jake DeBrusk will be one of 10 potential free agents for the Bruins when this upcoming hockey season comes to a close, and further complicating things, the 22-year-old will be a restricted free agent. DeBrusk is coming off a career-high 27 goals scored during the regular season and a fairly disappointing postseason when he managed just four goals and 11 points in 24 playoff games.

Of course, the hindsight breakdown of DeBrusk’s postseason also includes that he may have been playing through a bit of a fog after absorbing a Nazem Kadri cross-check to the face in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Still, after averaging 21 goals and 42 points in his first two NHL seasons, DeBrusk will be looking at a substantial raise next summer provided he can put together another season with those kinds of numbers. So the Bruins left winger was watching things fairly closely with Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy this summer knowing that it will be his turn a year from now when he’s a part of another talented restricted free agent class.

“Obviously that’s going to be my situation [as an RFA]. Hopefully not [as a holdout], but maybe, possibly next year just looking around the league you see different things with guys dragging it out,” said DeBrusk, who will be joined by Brett Ritchie and Matt Grzelcyk as next summer’s restricted free agents for the Bruins. “It’s one of those where you ask questions on the business side of it. Things change and different stuff happens with talks, but at the same time I mostly just try to stay out of it. I try to stay dialed in to get ready for training camp and the season. I guess when that time comes, though, I’ll be more aware of what to expect.”

Certainly guys like Carlo and McAvoy will be more than happy to pass on whatever pearls of wisdom they derived from their RFA situations with the Bruins this summer.

“I’d say just to remain calm and don’t be shocked by different things with the back and forth, and how long [the entire] process might take. For me I didn’t expect it to be that long. I was excited when the season was over to sign back real fast, but it took a little bit more time than anticipated,” said Carlo. “You just try to be as patient as you can, but it’s really hard to be patient in that scenario with your first larger deal off your entry level. [At the end of the day] you’ve done everything you can do up to that point, so just stay calm [in negotiations].”

One would expect that DeBrusk saw a couple of guys from his draft class, Brock Boeser (3 years, $17.625 million) and Travis Konecny (six years, $33 million), both top $5 million per season on second contracts they signed less than a week ago, and knows that kind of payday awaits him as well. Boeser is in a bit of a different class given his upside and production, but DeBrusk and Konecny are pretty comparable players provided DeBrusk surpasses 20 goals and 40 points this season.

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Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 preseason loss to the Blackhawks

Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 preseason loss to the Blackhawks

FINAL SCORE: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

IN BRIEF: Swedish free-agent signee Par Lindholm scored his first goal with the Bruins but Patrick Kane's goal in overtime gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 preseason victory over the B's in Chicago. Ryan Fitzgerald scored the other Bruins goal. BOX SCORE 

BRUINS PRESEASON RECORD: 1-0-2

HIGHLIGHTS:

PATRICK KANE'S OT WINNER:

SWEDISH CONNECTION: OSKAR STEEN TO PAR LINDHOLM IN 3RD:

BRANDON SAAD BEATS MAXIME LEGACE FOR CHICAGO LEAD:

B'S RYAN FITZGERALD TIES IT AT 1 ON A PENALTY SHOT:

DYLAN STROME ON THE POWER PLAY GETS HAWKS ON BOARD:


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Vs. Flyers, Monday, 7 p.m., NESN Plus

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