The Bruins have a had a busy last few days with players still participating in the World Cup of Hockey, training camp beginning and a contract extension being signed. The WCH progressed into the finals, starting last night with Patrice Bergeron and recently extended Brad Marchand representing team Canada and Zdeno Chara representing Team Europe. Without three of the most important players on the team not with the club in Boston, the preseason has taken on a much different feel. Granted, most teams were going to have this problem with preseason games and the WCH colliding, but the Bruins are in a critical spot where they mostly likely need to make the postseason to prevent firings. Without key players though, younger players have needed to step up and they certainly have. Brandon Carlo had a very strong game Monday night in the B’s first preseason tilt, if he continues to play strong he has a great chance to make the team. One young player that hit a roadblock was Frank Vatrano who will miss the first three months of the year will torn ligaments in his foot. This injury means that younger players such as Austin Czarnik will need to step up. Perhaps with the injury, the Bruins will take a longer look at winger Peter Mueller who is on a professional try out. Likely Vatrano would have been slotted to be on the second or third line and is a versatile player who can play either wing. It hasn’t been all bad for the B’s as they were able to lock up Brad Marchand to an 8-year $49 million contract on Monday. The Bruins avoided a huge distraction with extending Marchand as now they don’t have to worry about it during the season. Marchand who scored 37 goals last season and has developed into one of the best players in the NHL. 8 years might be too long but with his talent, the risk is definitely worth it.