Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

WILMINGTON –€” The Bruins opened development camp Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena, with prospects taking the ice to get better acquainted with the organization.

Malcolm Subban was the last player in attendance to get on the ice, as he was dealing with cramps. Wednesday marked the first time 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak hit the ice in a Bruins’€™ sweater, though general manager Don Sweeney shared that Pastrnak had only brought his skates to the camp and thus had to use all new equipment.

Fourth-round pick Danton Heinen is not at the camp because he is currently enrolled in college classes at the University of Denver. Players enrolled in college courses are not allowed to be excused for professional camps. Matt Grzelcyk will miss Thursday’€™s session because he has class at Boston University.

The development camp will continue through Sunday at Ristuccia.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins have signed a letter of intent with Boston Landing to build a new practice facility in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood.

The facility will include 25,000 square feet of locker room, training and office space. A statement released by the team indicated the B’s are in the “€œdesign phase” of the project, with construction estimated to begin in spring of 2015 and completed in the fall of 2016.

The Bruins will continue to practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington until their new facility is completed.

Following is the press release:

The Bruins have signed a letter of intent with Boston Landing to build a new practice facility in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood.

The facility will include 25,000 square feet of locker room, training and office space. In a statement released by the team, they are currently in the ‘€œdesign phase’€ of the project, with construction estimated to begin in spring of 2015 and completed in the fall of 2016.

The Bruins will continue to practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington until their new facility is completed.

Following is the press release:

BOSTON, MA ‘€“ Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, Tuesday, July 8, that the Bruins have signed a letter of intent for a long term-lease with Boston Landing, a mixed-used development in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston, to build a new professional standard hockey rink that will serve as the team’€™s practice facility.

‘€œI am thrilled that we have found the Bruins a new practice home within the Boston city limits,’€ said Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs. ‘€œOur goal is to set the industry standard in everything that we do, and we are confident that our new practice facility will do just that. As we enter the design phase of the project, we look forward to sharing details as they become available.’€

In addition to ice time, the agreement includes approximately 25,000 square feet of dedicated locker room, training and office space. Construction is estimated to begin in Spring 2015 with completion for Fall 2016. Elkus Manfredi Architects will do the design and John Moriarty & Associates will handle the construction.

‘€œSince joining the Bruins in a front office capacity, a goal of mine has been to move the Bruins into a first-class practice facility and this agreement moves us closer to accomplishing that goal,’€ said Neely. ‘€œThe vision that New Balance has for the Boston Landing project is exactly what we were looking for, and we are confident that through this partnership, we will build a facility that our entire organization will be proud of.’€

Boston Landing is a 14-acre mixed-used development in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston that includes the new world headquarters of New Balance, which will be completed in Fall 2015. A commuter rail station will also be built on the Framingham-Worcester line with completion for Fall 2016. In addition, the development includes additional office buildings, retail and restaurant space, a hotel and a sports complex.

‘€œWe are thrilled to welcome the Boston Bruins, a truly world-class organization, to Boston Landing,’€ said Jim Halliday, Managing Director for NB Development Group LLC. ‘€œThis agreement reflects our vision of Boston Landing that transcends typical brick and mortar real estate development by truly enhancing and activating the area’€™s experience for tenants and residents, and also creating a destination use for visitors.’€

Participating brokers included Steve Purpura and Chris McCauley from Transwestern/RBJ and Sean Gildea and David Smookler from The Dartmouth Company. Boston Landing is being co-developed by HYM Investments, headed by Tom O’€™Brien.

The Bruins previous practice facility, Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, MA had served as the Bruins practice home since the 1987-88 season.

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DJ Bean

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The NHL Players’€™ Association has announced the 20 players that have elected salary arbitration. Among them is Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski, who was the only Bruin to file.

Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski

The NHL Players’€™ Association has announced the 20 players that have elected salary arbitration. Among them is Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski, who was the only Bruin to file.

Bartkowski, who is a restricted free agent, can still reach a new agreement with the Bruins leading up until hearings are held from July 20 to Aug. 14. If a deal isn’€™t struck by then, a hearing will be held with an independent arbitrator, who will then determine the amount of money the player will be paid by the team.

Should Bartkowski be deemed worth more than $3,500,000 by the arbitrator (which is very unlikely), the Bruins would have the option of walking away and letting Bartkowski sign elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent.

The 2013-14 season marked Bartkowski’€™s first full season in the NHL. He skated in 64 regular season games and eight playoff games, contributing 18 points (all assists) in the regular season and one assist in the postseason. Bartkowski, who scored in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs two seasons ago, has yet to score a regular-season goal in 84 games in the NHL thus far.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins announced their roster for their development camp Thursday. The camp will take place from July 9 to July 13 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

Among the players set to attend the development camp are recent draft picks David Pastrnak and Ryan Donato, as well as 2012 first-rounder Malcolm Subban.

The roster is as follows:

Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

The Bruins announced their roster for their development camp Thursday. The camp will take place from July 9 to July 13 at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

Among the players set to attend the development camp are recent draft picks David Pastrnak and Ryan Donato, as well as 2012 first-rounder Malcolm Subban.

The roster is as follows:

Forwards: Cole Bardreau, Kyle Baun, Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh, Peter Cehlarik, Mitchell Dempsey, Michael Doherty, Ryan Donato, Ryan Fitzgerald, Alex Globke, Colton Hargrove, Simon Norberg, David Pastrnak.

Defensemen: Linus Arnesson, Matt Benning, Matt Grzelcyk, Emil Johansson, Rob O’€™ Gara, Wiley Sherman, Billy Sweezey, Oleg Yevenko.

Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Malcolm Subban.

Of the players attending, Bardreau, Baun, Doherty, Globke, Norberg, Sweezy and Yevenko will attend the camp on an invite basis.

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The Bruins signed goaltender Jeremy Smith to a one-year, two-way contract Wednesday. The contract is worth $80,000 at the AHL level and $550,000 at the NHL level.

The signing comes a day after general manager Peter Chiarelli said that Niklas Svedberg, who was signed to a one-year, $600,000 deal last week, was not guaranteed the backup job behind Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins signed goaltender Jeremy Smith to a one-year, two-way contract Wednesday. The contract is worth $80,000 at the AHL level and $550,000 at the NHL level.

The signing comes a day after general manager Peter Chiarelli said that Niklas Svedberg, who was signed to a one-year, $600,000 deal last week, was not guaranteed the backup job behind Tuukka Rask.

“I think he’€™s almost ready, if not ready,”€ Chiarelli said Tuesday. “€œIt doesn’€™t mean he gets the job; it doesn’€™t mean we won’€™t add somebody at some point to challenge him.”

With all due respect to Smith, it would be a surprise if he were to beat Svedberg out for the backup job. Instead, it’€™s more likely that Smith will take Svedberg’€™s job on the Providence roster, sharing AHL goaltending duties with 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban.

The 25-year-old Smith was drafted by the Predators in the second round of the 2007 draft. He has never played an NHL game, as he has spent the first season of his professional career in the ECHL before playing the last four seasons in the AHL. The brunt of his AHL experience to this point has been with the Milwaukee Admirals, though he played for the Springfield Falcons last season as a member of the Columbus organization.

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DJ Bean