NHL commissoner Gary Bettman released a statement Wednesday after the plane carrying KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed, killing 43 people including former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon (the head coach of the team), as well as former NHL players Ruslan Salei, Pavol Demitra, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins and Josef Vasicek.

Former Bruins enforcer Lyndon Byers, now a morning co-host at WAAF, joined sister station WEEI Friday morning for a discussion about problems with brain damage caused by repeated hits to the head in hockey.

Wade Belak died this week -- reportedly a suicide -- and became the third NHL enforcer of playing age to die in the last four months, joining Rick Rypien and Derek Boogaard.

Byers said he's not treating Belak's case the same as the previous two.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told the Boston Globe on Monday that Marc Savard -- still suffering the effects of post-concussion syndrome -- will not play in 2011-12 and that the career of the center is very much in jeopardy.

“Marc Savard won’t play this year,” Chiarelli told the Globe. “Nothing has changed in our monitoring. He’ll be examined and he’ll be declared unfit to play.”

Since winning the Stanley Cup, Bruins forward Nathan Horton has had the shortest offseason of his career by a large margin.

LOWELL -- Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said Wednesday that he is ready to go for the coming season after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee following the Bruins' Stanley Cup victory.

Appearing at teammate Milan Lucic's Rock and Jock softball game, the 2009-10 NHL leader in save percentage and goals-against average said that he spent much of his offseason recovering and that he is ready to go for next season.

LOWELL -- Bruins right winger Nathan Horton said Wednesday that he is healed from the concussion that knocked him out of the playoffs in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. Horton has not skated yet, but he said he has been working out and will be ready for the start of training camp in September.

Horton took a blindside hit from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome in the first period of Game 3, ending his postseason. He indicated Wednesday that he took exception to Rome, who was suspended for four games, not properly apologizing or seeing how he felt.

LOWELL -- Bruins' left wing Milan Lucic threw out the first pitch at the Lowell Spinners' game vs. the Batavia Muckdogs Friday at LeLacheur Park, and afterwards took time to reflect on the team's Stanley Cup championship season and the coming campaign. Lucic noted that he has kept in contact with linemate and friend Nathan Horton, who was knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs on a hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome, and said that Horton's "head is all good" after the right wing's concussion.

Speaking with Jean-Francois Chaumont of Radio-Canada.ca, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo said he regrets telling the media that he would have stopped the Maxim Lapierre goal allowed by Tim Thomas in Vancouver's 1-0 win in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.

“Yeah, for sure,” Luongo said when asked whether he regrets his words. “If I could do it again, I wouldn’t say it. I didn’t want to create the buzz that it did. After the fifth game, I had never been so emotional and I got carried away."

MIDDLETON – Last year, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was joined by teammates Tuukka Rask and Milan Lucic at the Ferncroft country club in Middlet

MIDDLETON -- Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said prior to his second annual "Putts and Punches for Parkinson's" golf tournament at the Ferncroft country club Monday that he likes the way the team is set up as it looks to defend the Stanley Cup. The moves have been limited for the Bruins, with few changes to the roster coming with Benoit Pouliot replacing Michael Ryder, Joe Corvo taking the place of Tomas Kaberle, and a youngster figuring to take the retired Mark Rechhi's spot in the lineup.