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Bruins add two veterans on PTO contracts

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The Boston Bruins announced their official training camp rosters yesterday afternoon, with half the team heading to Shenzhen and Beijing, China and half the team remaining in Boston, MA. Interestingly enough, the Bruins have added two veteran players to their Boston, MA lineup on professional tryout contracts (PTO). Veteran NHLer Mark Fayne will patrol the blue line for the Bruins this preseason, while 26 year old forward Marcel Noebels will line up at center.

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The Boston Bruins have signed defenceman Mark Fayne and forward Marcel Noebels to professional tryouts.

The 31 year old Fayne, a native of Nashua, New Hampshire, last played in the NHL during 2016-17 season. Fayne played just four games for the Edmonton Oilers that season, but he was an NHL regular for the Oilers and New Jersey Devils for six seasons prior to getting on Oilers coach Todd MacLellan’s bad side. Last season the defensive blue liner put up three goals and five points in 39 goals with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Springfield Thunderbirds. In total he has 17 goals and 65 points in 389 career NHL games. Here’s hoping he can get his career back on track with the Bruins and find a home on the team’s third pairing.

As for Noebels, the Bruins have been rumored to be interested in him all offseason. It was even reported earlier in the offseason that the German forward had been offered a contract by the team, a development that his agent was forced to deny. “I think that was the German media jumping on something ahead of time,” said Noebels’s agent, Allain Roy. “We are talking with the Bruins, but there’s nothing concrete yet.”

Noebels was a key contributor to Germany’s silver medal winning squad at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea this past February. While there, the 6 foot, 2 inch, 205 pound center attracted the attention of NHL teams, including the Bruins. “He’s a big center who skates well for his size,” Roy said. “I think he would transition well to North America. But we haven’t got that far yet. I’m not going to deny we have been talking with the Bruins.”

Originally drafted in the 4th round (118th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Noebels played parts of three seasons in the Flyers organization before returning to his native Germany to play four seasons with the Berlin Polar Bears of the DEL. He scored 11 goals and 30 points in 62 games with Berlin last season and managed a career high 13 goals in just 43 games with the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms back in 2012-13.