Montreal GM Marc Bergevin has built himself a pretty deep blueline over the last few seasons, and now he gets to see how truly deep it is.
With Sergei Gonchar sidelined and Alexei Emelin leaving Wednesday’s loss to Ottawa with an upper-body injury, the Canadiens have recalled former first-rounder Jarred Tinordi from AHL Hamilton.
Tinordi, 22, was the 22nd overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and has appeared in nine games for the Habs this year, averaging 12:01 TOI per game. His recall may have come sooner, had he not suffered a concussion during this fight versus AHL Utica tough guy Andrey Pedan:
With Emelin out, Montreal was stuck playing five defensemen against the Sens last night: Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban, Tom Gilbert, Greg Pateryn and Nathan Beaulieu. Mike Weaver, who was scratched on Wednesday, will presumably draw into the lineup and Tinordi will sit as the extra.
It’s also worth noting the Habs have veteran d-man Bryan Allen still down in AHL Hamilton, should their injury woes on the blueline continue. Allen, acquired from Anaheim earlier this season, has appeared in five games for Montreal this season.
Tuukka Rask was first off from this morning’s skate but, shortly thereafter, Boston head coach Claude Julien refused to say if it would be Rask or Malcolm Subban in goal tonight versus Edmonton.
There are compelling arguments for both. Subban, Boston’s first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was recalled from AHL Providence yesterday — where he’s fared remarkably well this season — and would be making his big-league debut against a relatively weak Oilers team.
Rask, however, is the club’s clear-cut No. 1 at present time and the Bruins are desperate for a win. The team heads into tonight’s contest having lost five of six, sitting just two points up on Florida for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
If we had to guess, it’ll be Rask that gets the nod.
For Edmonton, Ben Scrivens will start.
Habs at Sens: Dustin Tokarski vs. Andrew Hammond
Wings at Hawks: Jimmy Howard vs. Corey Crawford
Wild at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, no word yet on a Minnesota starter.
Kings at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, no word yet on a L.A. starter.
Bolts at Ducks: John Gibson for Anaheim, no word yet on a Tampa Bay starter.
Kekalainen ‘worried’ about Murray’s development after three injury-plagued years
To say Ryan Murray’s had a difficult start to his NHL career is an understatement.
Since being selected second overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Murray’s undergone major shoulder surgery and battled through significant knee and ankle injuries. As a result, he’s only appeared in 73 career games for Columbus — the guy taken one spot after Murray, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk, has played 169 — and now, Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is expressing concern about just how much time his prized youngster has missed.
“I’m worried about Murray in particular. Two out of three seasons, he really hasn’t played,” Kekalainen explained, per the Columbus Dispatch. “That’s all development time. I think as soon as he gets healthy he’s got to get back to playing.”
Kekalainen’s quotes came during a conversation about potentially shutting down Murray and fellow Columbus prospect Boone Jenner for the remainder of this season. With the playoffs a longshot, some suggest getting Murray back to full health would be in the club’s best interest (same goes for Jenner, who’s only played 20 games this year while dealing with a broken hand and stress fracture in his back.)
The Blue Jackets GM wasn’t having it, though, saying his youngsters need to play as much hockey as they can.
“There is no need for them to recover beyond what their recovery time is,” Kekalainen said. “When [Jenner] is fully healed, he is going to play.
“He’s a young player and he’s got to get back to playing.”