The Bruins have been readying themselves for the season, but behind the scenes, they have been working on finding new ice for just that purpose.
The team continues to work toward finding a new practice facility to replace Wilmington’s Ristuccia Arena. The hope at this point would be to incorporate a facility into the plans for the old Boston Garden space, adjacent to the current TD Garden.
“My hope would be that we would have a premier, world-class training facility,” Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs said. “Not to say that we don’t have one at Ristuccia, but we think we can do better, a little bit of an upgrade.
“If it works out with our partners at Boston Properties — and we’re still penciling the numbers — there is a good chance that we would have one right next door, in addition to obviously some retail, some mixed-use, some restaurants.”
If that doesn’t happen, he said, the team will continue discussions with New Balance on a facility in Brighton, and with the Skating Club of Boston.
“There are a number of different opportunities out there for us,” Jacobs said. “This might be Option 1 in my book, at the moment. Things change, though. It’s an evolving process.”
He said the team has looked at models across the NHL, but this would be the most optimal because it would complement some of the other aspects of the development on the old Garden site.
There is no timeline, but the plans have been submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The expectation is they will be reviewed in November with a preliminary permit potentially forthcoming.
“I think it would benefit us greatly if we were to have our own practice facility right here,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs said he watched the Blackhawks raise their championship banner Tuesday night before switching the channel to the Bruins’ own show, “Behind the B.”
“Really?” said team president Cam Neely. “I did not watch it. I would prefer to watch our own.
“You have a hard time watching someone else lift the Cup and raise a banner, so I didn’t watch it. Hopefully we’ll be watching one in the near future here.”
And that doesn’t seem like such a far-fetched idea.
“The keynote is to say we’re really not going to play for second place,” owner Jeremy Jacobs said. “We’re here to win and I think that the organization is in a good place to do that. I think we’ve got the right combination.”
Carl Soderberg was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Friday’s game against the Jets in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, when he injured his left ankle. That means he will not be available for Thursday’s opener against Tampa Bay, but could play Saturday if he has improved. He said he didn’t remember how it happened, though coach Claude Julien had said Soderberg caught a rut on the ice. “It felt really bad after the game,” said Soderberg. “It’s felt much better every day.” As for when he could return, “I have no idea,” he said. “It feels much better, so we will see. We can take a couple of days, but we have no idea.” Jordan Caron is expected to skate as the third-line left wing in his place, along with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith.
Let’s make a deal
It sounds as though the Bruins are working toward a deal with defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, one of the few key members of the team without a contact for next season. Seidenberg, who has said it’s not easy to play in a contract season, was signed to a four-year deal after being traded with Matt Bartkowski from Florida. Asked how high a new contract was on the agenda, general manager Peter Chiarelli said, “It’s pretty high. We’ve had discussions, and we’ll figure something out there.” . . . Chiarelli said the team could use its three young defensemen — Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton, and Bartkowski — similar to a platoon in baseball, based on what’s needed that particular night . . . The Bruins placed defenseman Kevan Miller on waivers Wednesday, with the purpose of assignment to Providence of the AHL. Miller had survived the last cuts of training camp, but was the eighth defenseman on a team that usually carries seven.