The Boston Bruins have recalled forward Craig Cunningham from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.
As CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty points out, Cunningham’s recall is likely insurance for David Krejci (lower body), who remains a question mark.
Simon Gagne is also unavailable Thursday when the Bruins play host to Chicago as he has taken a leave of absence to be with his ailing father.
Cunningham was recalled by the Bruins on Nov. 30, but did not appear in a game before being reassigned Dec. 3.
The 24-year-old appeared in three games with Boston to start the season averaging 11:26 in ice time.
Cunningham is pointless in five career NHL games with the Bruins.
In 21 AHL games this season, Cunningham has five goals and 15 assists.
Boston center David Krejci is “100 percent” worried about re-aggravating the hip/groin ailment that’s kept him out of the Bruins’ lineup for all but 11 non-consecutive games.
So he’s going to play it safe this time. Maybe he returns tomorrow against Chicago (with Zdeno Chara), maybe he waits a little longer.
He just doesn’t want any more setbacks.
“I don’t feel like this is some injury that it’s going to bother me the whole year,” Krejci said, per the Boston Globe. “I think that when it’s done, it’s done, and we can move on.”
The Bruins are hoping he’s right, given his importance to the team, which has gone 8-8-1 without him, compared to 7-4-0 with.
Simon Gagne missed his second straight day of practice on Wednesday, a situation that raised eyebrows after Boston head coach Claude Julien said the veteran winger’s on an “indefinite” leave of absence.
Details of said leave are not known. Gagne is reportedly dealing with a personal matter.
The 34-year-old, who returned from a one-year hiatus to sign with the Bruins this fall, has spent the majority of this season as a fourth-liner. Gagne’s made 23 appearances, scoring three goals and four points, and scored the game-winner in his last outing — a 5-2 win over the Coyotes in Arizona on Saturday.
It remains to be seen if Gagne will miss any game action while on leave. The B’s are in the midst of a four-night break and won’t play again until Thursday, when they host Chicago at TD Garden. From there, though, things will get busy — the Bruins play four times between Dec 13-19 with games against Ottawa, Nashville, Minnesota and Winnipeg.
Update: From TVA’s Renaud Lavoie…
The Boston Bruins had a couple of key players back practicing today. And one of them sounds like he should be ready to play Thursday versus Chicago.
That one would be defenseman Zdeno Chara, who hasn’t played since hurting his knee on Oct. 23.
The other is center David Krejci, who hasn’t played since Nov. 18 due to a hip ailment.
From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:
The Bruins have been struggling of late, with just two wins in their last seven. But if Chara returns Thursday, they’ll have gone a reasonable 11-7-1 without their most important player in the lineup.
Longtime NHL defenseman Ian White has been released from his professional tryout with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence, per the Journal.
White, 30, scored a goal and five points in eight games with the B’s but finished his stint with a minus-5 rating. The former Leaf, Flame, Hurricane, Shark and Red Wing — who has over 500 big-league games on his resume — is probably done with the organization; Boston had nine defenseman practicing this morning, including the injured Zdeno Chara, meaning some of the club’s farmhands could be on their way back to Providence.
White’s last NHL action came with Detroit during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign. He spent part of last season with KHL Chelyabinsk before giving it a go with Providence this year.