Colin Kaepernick is not playing in the World Cup of Hockey for a couple of reasons. For one, he doesn’t play hockey. For another, the World Cup of Hockey is a sporting event, and Kaepernick doesn’t participate in sporting events these days because Blaine freaking Gabbert took his job.

David Backes is entering his first season with the Bruins. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

David Backes is entering his first season with the Bruins. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Colin Kaepernick is not playing in the World Cup of Hockey for a couple of reasons. For one, he doesn’t play hockey. For another, the World Cup of Hockey is a sporting event, and Kaepernick doesn’t participate in sporting events these days because Blaine freaking Gabbert took his job.

Still, Kaepernick was a popular topic at Team USA’s training camp, where both the coach and its players were asked about Kaepernick’s recent peaceful protests in which he sat and kneeled during the national anthem. While coach John Tortorella had a rather harsh response, saying he would bench any player who sat during the national anthem, Bruins forward David Backes was a bit more sensible.

“I think as athletes we have a great platform and to use it to influence social change is within our right,” Backes told USA Today. “Whether you should do that during the anthem, which stands for our country and salutes those who have given their lives for our country, allowing athletes to play, is a matter of debate. I have my opinions on that.”

Backes is a strong advocate of rescuing pets, something he displayed when he brought some of Sochi’s stray dogs back from the 2014 Winter Olympics. The veteran forward also heads up Athletes for Animals, a foundation that aims to control the pet population by finding homes for animals to getting them spayed and neutered.

On the subject of the anthem itself, the Minnesota native was respectful of Kaepernick but said that he personally would never sit.

“He is going to do his thing, but I salute those who have stood for our country, who have died and given limbs and lives for us,” Backes said. “I will salute that flag every time it is raised.”

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DJ Bean

Anton Khudobin signed a 2-year deal to return to the B's. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports)BRIGHTON — Anton Khudobin could kiss Boston right on the mouth. 



Zach Senyshyn was a notable absence from this summer’s development camp, and it now appears that the flashiest of Boston’s three 2015 first-round picks could miss training camp as well.

Zach Senyshyn

Zach Senyshyn

Zach Senyshyn was a notable absence from this summer’s development camp, and it now appears that the flashiest of Boston’s three 2015 first-round picks will miss training camp as well.

Senyshyn, who was held out of development camp due to mono, had surgery for appendicitis on Sunday, according to Brad Coccimiglio of Sootoday.com. The piece cites the general manager of Senyshyn’s OHL team (the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) as noting that the surgery will keep Senyshyn out of Bruins’ training camp, which begins on Sept. 15 for rookies. Coccimiglio writes that Senyshyn will “likely miss much, if not all of the Bruins camp.”

The Bruins were highly criticized for selecting Senyshyn 15th overall last summer, as the right wing was projected to go in the second round. Senyshyn was expected to make a statistical leap after playing on lower lines in his drat year however, something he when he jumped from 26 goals in his draft year to 45 goals in 2015-16.

Though unfortunate, Senyshyn missing camp would not be particularly harmful to the 2016-17 Bruins, as Senyshyn would have been considered a major longshot to make the team. Because he is 19, Senyshyn would have to return to junior if he didn’t make the NHL anyway.

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DJ Bean

According to Czech television reporter Zdenek Matejovsky, David Krejci has dropped out of the World Cup of hockey.

Injury will prevent David Krejci from the World Cup participation ! -Czech GM Martin Rucinsky just confirmed !

— Zdenek Matejovsky (@zedmat) September 2, 2016

According to Czech television reporter Zdenek Matejovsky, David Krejci has dropped out of the World Cup of hockey.

Krejci, who has skated this week at Warrior Ice Arena with teammates, is coming off April hip surgery. He said Monday that he was in touch with the Czech team weekly and that the team was aware that he might not play.

“If you asked me a long time ago, then yes, but right now I just want to get to 100 percent,” Krejci said Monday. “If I’m ready, then that will be awesome, but if not, you have to do what you have to do to be 100 percent.”

Krejci expects to be ready for the start of the NHL season.

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DJ Bean
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

BRIGHTON — Brad Marchand has made a stop in Boston before he heads to practices with Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey. Thursday served as an opportunity to skate with some Bruins teammates at the new Warrior Ice Arena and face the inevitable questions about his contract status.

Marchand, 28, is entering the final year of a four-year, $18 million contract. If he doesn’t sign an extension, which he’s been eligible to do since July, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.

“I know that everyone wants an update and everything, but I really can’t comment on what’s going on, but we are talking and hopefully we’ll figure something out,” Marchand said.

Marchand’s next deal would figure to command upwards of $6 million annually at the very least (and likely much more). One of the league’s best two-way forwards, Marchand is coming off a career year in which he led the Bruins with 37 goals in 2015-16.

Last month, B’s general manager Don Sweeney said the team considered Marchand a core player, but that it took “two sides” to come to an agreement. Marchand reiterated his preference Thursday to be a Bruin for the rest of his career.

“This is an incredible organization and one that I think we’re all very fortunate to be part of,” Marchand said. “It would be great to be able to be here my whole career, and you see how rare that is nowadays. It doesn’t happen often, so it would be an incredible thing, but a lot of things have to line up for that to happen, not only now but down the road, so we’ll play it year-by-year.”

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DJ Bean

The Bruins announced four signings Tuesday, inking 36-year-old forward Dominic Moore and depth defenseman Alex Grant to one-year contracts. The B’s also re-upped Chris Casto and Brian Ferlin, both of whom have spent their entire pro careers in the Boston organization, to one-year deals.

The Bruins will be Dominic Moore's 10 team. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today Sports)

The Bruins will be Dominic Moore’s 10 team. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today Sports)

The Bruins announced four signings Tuesday, inking 36-year-old forward Dominic Moore and depth defenseman Alex Grant to one-year contracts. The B’s also re-upped Chris Casto and Brian Ferlin, both of whom have spent their entire pro careers in the Boston organization, to one-year deals.

The Bruins will become Moore’s 10 team, tying him with Lee Stempniak as the most travelled active player in the league. A graduate of Harvard, Moore lived in Cambridge with his wife Katie, who died in 2013 of liver cancer. He was awarded the Masterton Trophy after returning to the NHL a season later with the Rangers.

Last season, Moore scored six goals and added nine assists for 15 points in 80 games for the Rangers. His best season came in 2010-11 with the Lightning, when he scored 18 goals and had 14 assists for 32 points in 77 games.

Moore’s contract, which carries a $900,000 cap hit, is the only one-way deal of the four, with Grant, Casto and Ferlin all receiving two-way deals. Ferlin’s deals worth $725,000 at the NHL level, Casto’s is worth $650,000 in the NHL and Grant’s is worth $600,000 in the NHL.

Grant, 27, played in five games for the Coyotes last season but spent most of the season with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound defender had 42 points for the Falcons in 69 games.

An undrafted signing of the Bruins after two years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Casto has played three seasons for P-Bruins. Last season, he skated in 68 games, scoring seven goals and adding 16 assists for 23 points.

Limited last season by a concussion, the 24-year-old Ferlin played in just 23 games for Providence last season, scoring six goals with eight assists for 14 points. He played in seven NHL games in 2014-15, registering one assist.

Ferlin was drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. The Cornell product is entering his third professional season.

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DJ Bean