The Boston Bruins will have another young defenseman in the lineup tonight in Buffalo, where 23-year-old David Warsofsky will make his NHL debut against the Sabres.
“You’ll see he’s a very good skating, smart, heady player,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said, per NHL.com. “We have one of those like Torey Krug, so I’m anxious to see how our [defense] will look tonight with two of them.”
Warsofsky will replace Kevan Miller, who played his ninth game Tuesday versus Calgary and, for that reason, is being assigned to AHL Providence.
“Ten games – once you play your tenth game, you’re exposed to waivers if you send the player down,” said Chiarelli, per the Bruins’ website. “So we felt that Kevan would probably be a waiver pickup by somebody. We didn’t want to risk it, so I spoke to Kevan beforehand and told him. He understood and I told him I felt good about his play up here and probably the next time we bring him up, will be for good.”
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Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat