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The Boston Bruins will have a few extra bodies at NHL training as it gets going this week, but there won’t be any big name tryouts for a B’s roster that’s already pretty stacked with contracted players for this upcoming year.

A 31-year-old veteran defenseman Aaron Ness will be in camp with the Bruins after their training camp roster was announced on Tuesday, along with former Preds draft pick Jack Dougherty and goaltender Jeremy Brodeur, who was solid in rookie camp over the last few days. The 31-year-old Ness played one game for the Coyotes last season and 24 games for Arizona two seasons ago and has played 72 career NHL games for the Coyotes, Capitals and Islanders during his 10-year pro career.

His best AHL season as five goals and 55 points for the Hershey Bears in 2018-19 while playing with Reading, Mass. native Steven Whitney and St. John’s Prep alum Brian Pinho.

Ness will undoubtedly serve as veteran depth for the Boston Bruins if he earns a contract at the end of camp, but there’s absolutely an opening for that kind of role with Steve Kampfer now off playing in the KHL. Ness and the rest of the Boston Bruins hopefuls will get going with NHL training camp starting with off-ice testing on Wednesday, and on-ice practices to follow after that for the Black and Gold along with the rest of the NHL.

Here’s the official roster for the Boston Bruins training camp:

Forwards: Samuel Asselin, Patrice Bergeron, Anton Blidh, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, Matt Filipe, Nick Foligno, Steven Fogarty, Trent Frederic, Jesper Froden, Curtis Hall, Taylor Hall, Brett Harrison, Erik Haula, Cam Hughes, Joona Koppanen, Karson Kuhlman, Jakub Lauko, Curtis Lazar, Fabian Lysell, Brad Marchand, Ian McKinnon, Tomas Nosek, David Pastrnak, Zach Senyshyn, Craig Smith, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka, Eduards Tralmaks, Alex-Olivier Voyer, Chris Wagner

Defensemen: Jack Ahcan, Victor Berglund*, Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton, Josiah Didier*, Noah Dorey, Jack Dougherty, Derek Forbort, J.D. Greenway*, Matt Grzelcyk, Tyler Lewington, Brady Lyle, Ryan Mast, Charlie McAvoy, John Moore, Aaron Ness, Andrew Peski, Mike Reilly, Urho Vaakanainen, Nick Wolff, Jakub Zboril

Goaltenders: Callum Booth, Jeremy Brodeur, Troy Grosenick, Kyle Keyser, Jeremy Swayman, Linus Ullmark

Here are the rest of the BHN Puck Links:

*Boston Bruins coaches were “shocked” when they got a look at Jack Studnicka this fall after he gained 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason. It’s a huge crossroads kind of season for the 22-year-old where he needs to start reaching his potential at the NHL level. (Boston Hockey Now)

*Washington Capitals skater Bear Hughes has taken an unorthodox road to the NHL and it’s made all the difference for the youngster with the great hockey name. (Washington Hockey Now)

*Rough start for the Philadelphia Flyers with Kevin Hayes out to start the season after undergoing abdominal surgery. Ouch. (Philly Hockey Now)

*There’s a few rookie forwards that are looking for opportunities as the Detroit Red Wings get ready for NHL training camp. (Detroit Hockey Now)

*Good stuff between FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rob Simpson and John Forslund about the anticipated Vancouver Canucks/Seattle Kraken rivalry for this upcoming season. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

*It’s a big yikes for the Toronto Maple Leafs as it sounds like Auston Matthews is going to be limited to start NHL training camp due to a wrist injury.

*A Q&A with Jim Hughson as he steps into retirement and away from being the voice of Hockey Night in Canada after a generation have known him as the voice from EA Sports hockey video games as well. Here’s a stick salute to a great gentleman and a great announcer. (Sportsnet)

*Anybody up for a New York Rangers mailbag? (The Athletic)

*This definitely made my day. Letterkenny is damn funny Canadian TV.

*For something completely different: Stranger Things and Black Widow’s David Harbour reveals his weight loss strategy which includes just not eating anymore. Why didn’t I ever think of that? (Page Six)

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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