The opening of training camp means a renewed sense of optimism no matter which team is gearing up.



Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday at TD Garden that Marc Savard notified him late in the summer that he is suffering from "symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome." As a result, Savard, who is in Boston with his teammates as they open training camp, will not skate. The symptoms shown by the veteran center are undoubtedly a result of the March 7 hit from Penguins forward Matt Cooke.

 

Former Bruins coach Pat Burns voiced his displeasure about a widely distributed report late Friday morning that indicated he had died. The 58-year-old Burns has waged a long battle with lung cancer but remains feisty.

 

UPDATE: Numerous outlets reported late Friday morning that former Bruins coach Pat Burns died at the age of 58 after a battle with lung cancer. CTV in Ottawa, which had the original report, has since retracted it, indicating: "We had erroneous information on Pat Burns. We have nothing to report about his medical condition at this time."

 

Ryan Spooner, a third-round pick in June's NHL draft, scored both of the Bruins' goals, the second of which sealed a 2-1 overtime victory as the Boston rookies swept the two-game showcase in front of 14,180 fans at TD Garden Thursday night.

 

The first of Spooner's tallies came at 17:37 of the second period, when he beat Islanders netminder Kevin Poulin in batting down a waffling rebound from a shot off the stick of Max Sauve. The speedy Sauve picked up assists on both of Spooner's goals. 

 

According to a report from La Presse, former Boston College forward Brian Gionta will be named captain of the Montreal Canadiens when the team opens its training camp on Thursday. Gionta, 31, will be the team's 28th captain and first since Saku Koivu.

 

BOSTON -- There wasn't much for Bruins fans not to like as they got a glimpse at their team's future on Wednesday night.



BOSTON -- Jordan Caron scored an empty netter in the game's final minute to give him a hat trick in the Bruins' 5-2 win over Islanders rookies at TD Garden on Wednesday night. Second overall pick Tyler Seguin picked up a pair of assists in the game, his first in a Bruins uniform. 

 

WILMINGTON -- Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas indicated Wednesday at captain's practice that he sees himself retiring after his current deal expires. Thomas, 36, is entering the second season of a four-year, $20 million contract signed following the 2008-09 season.

 

"If I had to speculate right now I'd say odds are, probably yeah," Thomas told WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, while also adding that how he recovers from offseason hip surgery will go a long way in determining whether he attempts to play into his 40's.

 

BOLTON — The Bruins and friends teed off for their golf tournament at The International, meaning practically all of the players were available to chat Monday morning in Bolton, the most interesting of which was Michael Ryder. The winger has been talked about plenty this offseason, but spoke for the first time Monday.