The Bruins’ goaltending picture is beginning to clear, although the matter is far from resolved.
Boston announced that goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban have been reassigned to AHL Providence, ending their individual campaigns to secure Boston’s number two slot behind Tuukka Rask.
While neither goaltender was the favorite to win the backup job, either one would have been an intriguing choice. Subban, 21, is a former first round pick (24th overall, 2012) and has two strong seasons in the AHL under his belt. McIntyre, 23, is just starting his pro career, but he was the 2015 Richter Award winner as the NCAA’s top goaltender for his work with the University of North Dakota.
It’s likely though that the Bruins felt their development would have been better served splitting the goaltending duties in the minors rather than spending most games warming the bench in the NHL.
With both of them off of the training camp roster, the battle for the number two spot is between Jeremy Smith and Jonas Gustavsson. Smith, 26, posted a 2.05 GAA and .933 save percentage in 39 AHL contests last season. Gustavsson, who has been attending the Bruins’ camp on a tryout basis, has the edge in experience though with 148 NHL games under his belt.
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The Winnipeg Jets struggled on the ice tonight, but head coach Paul Maurice’s dry wit was a cut above.
After suffering an 8-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild tonight, Maurice seemed to disapprove of Wild coach Mike Yeo’s decision to put out his top players in a preseason game that had already been decided.
“You get in those games, and they’re going to keep putting out good players,” Maurice said. “Like when they got an 8-1 lead. They got a power play. The best is coming out. In an exhibition game.”
He was deadpanned in his delivery, which prompted a reporter to ask Maurice if his initial comment should be taken as a sign that he’s frustrated with Yeo.
“No, no, I thought it was just an honor to be in the same building with him tonight,” Maurice replied.
You can watch it for yourself below:
The silver lining in all of this for Winnipeg is that, of course, the game didn’t count.
Minnesota’s Justin Fontaine probably won’t be available for the start of the season and it has nothing to do with David Clarkson.
While Clarkson was booted early from Thursday’s preseason contest for kneeing Fontaine, the Wild forward is dealing with an ailment from a separate hit that occurred later in the contest. Fontaine did exit the game after the Clarkson hit, but he attempted to return before leaving again.
Wild coach Mike Yeo described Fontaine’s ailment as a “sore side,” per the Star Tribune. The bench boss described the decision to hold Fontaine back as “precautionary” as they don’t want to “risk him injuring anything any worse.”
If he does miss Minnesota’s opener as expected, then it will be the second straight season a training camp injury has cost Fontaine.
His projected absence could lead to Tyler Graovac or Brett Bulmer potentially starting the season in the NHL.
The Arizona Coyotes announced that they have cut 11 players from their training camp roster and the 12th overall pick from 2014, Brendan Perlini, was included in that list.
“Rookie camp was very good for him (but he) just wasn’t able to translate to an NHL level yet,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. “He’s a young player that still has lots of work to do and that’s going to happen. There’s a process you have to go through and he made huge strides this year. He’ll go back and continue to push his game forward in junior.”
Even if he won’t be making the team, the 19-year-old forward impressed the Coyotes with his skill level and speed.
Perlini will continue his development by playing for the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs where he had 26 goals and 60 points in 43 games last season. He’ll be competing against Christian Dvorak, who was also included on the Coyotes’ list of cuts.
Dvorak’s another highly regarded young forward, but Arizona has a lot of prospects that fit that description and that makes it easier for them to be patient with him and Perlini.
“With Max (Domi), Anthony Duclair, Dylan Strome, Henrik Samuelsson, newcomer Matthias Plachta and the strong play of Jordan Martinook all competing for the opening day roster, plus the need to get out established NHL players ready for the regular season, Dave Tippett and I feel this is the prudent, long-term decision,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney said.
Arizona has 31 players left on its roster.