The college signings continue with two moves by the Boston Bruins, in both cases with fifth-rounders from the 2011 NHL Draft.
In Tuesday’s case, they signed defenseman Rob O’Gara (pictured in his Yale sweater) and forward Sean Kuraly (who played for Miami of Ohio). The Bruins selected O’Gara with the 151st pick in 2011 while the Sharks initially drafted Kuraly 133rd of that same year and round.
“We are excited to have Rob O’Gara and Sean Kuraly join the Bruins organization,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said. “They were outstanding college players and both young men have tremendous character and leadership qualities.”
These signings along with Brandon Carlo coming from the WHL will bolster an already-strong P-Bruins roster; the team currently sits third in the Atlantic Division, and has three of the league’s top fifteen scorers, including two of the top five in Seth Griffith and Alexander Khokhlachev.
For Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, Thursday went from humbling to grumbling.
The Florida Panthers beat his Bruins 4-1 tonight, moving to first place in the Atlantic Division, at least for the time being.
It wasn’t just a loss for the Bruins; it was also a fifth defeat in a row. Add in an injury and a frustrating call or two, and Julien’s franchise wins record is probably not on the tip of many tongues.
John Michael-Liles suffered a lower-body injury and was unable to return. It’s unclear how bad it might be beyond that.
INJURY UPDATE: John-Michael Liles will not return due to a lower-body injury.
He reached back to stop the puck on the goal line — the play was reviewed to see if the puck completely crossed the line, but there wasn’t conclusive evidence to overturn the call — and deny Lee Stempniak on the rebound.
The Rangers went on from there to defeat the Bruins by a final score of 5-2 to stay four points ahead of the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division.
Julien: "we control our own destiny, and right now, we’re giving teams below us some hope, so we’ve got to turn this around quick"
Prior to the beginning of Wednesday’s NHL game at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers, their fans, and the Boston Bruins observed a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday.