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With blueline banged up, B’s recall Trotman

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Following news that Adam McQuaid would be out 6-8 weeks with a broken thumb, the Bruins made another adjustment to their patchwork defense on Thursday by recalling Zach Trotman from AHL Providence.

From the club:

Trotman is expected to join the Bruins for their 11:00  am practice at TD Garden on Thursday and travel with the team on their upcoming trip to Columbus.

Trotman has skated in nine games for Boston this season, notching two assists, with one coming against the Ottawa Senators on November 1 and other against the Minnesota Wild on October 28.  In his NHL career, Trotman has appeared in 11 games for Boston.

Prior to the McQuaid injury, Boston was already without the services of defensemen Zdeno Chara (knee) and David Warsofsky (groin); Kevan Miller (shoulder) is cleared to play but has yet to return to the lineup.

Should Miller be unable to play Friday against Columbus, Boston could be rolling with a defense comprised of Trotman, Dennis Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Joe Morrow.

Bruins assign Morrow to AHL

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The Boston Bruins have assigned defenseman Joe Morrow back to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.

Morrow was recalled Friday along with Zach Trotman following the news captain Zdeno Chara would miss 4-6 weeks with a PCL injury.

Trotman made his regular season debut Saturday night in Boston’s 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs – his third career NHL game.

The 24-year-old had 12:23 in time on ice in the win registering two shots on goal and hit.

Morrow meanwhile was a healthy scratch.

The 21-year-old has a goal and an assist in five games with Providence this season.

Trotman and Morrow era set to begin in Boston

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The Boston Bruins begin life without captain Zdeno Chara tonight as they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Boston didn’t have a morning skate, but based on how both Zach Trottman and Joe Morrow were talking following the team’s optional practice, it sounds like Trottman will draw into the lineup tonight.

“It helps that I’ve been here before. Definitely helps with confidence, I know I can play here,” said Trotman. “That’s one thing I’m not worrying about going into the game tonight. Kind of show up, go business as usual and just play my game.”

Trotman, 24, has an assist in five games this season with Providence. Originally the Bruins seventh round selection (210th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft, Trotman has appeared in two career NHL games with Boston.

The 6-foot-3, 219 pound blue liner logged 16:41 in time on ice during a loss in Ottawa on Dec. 28, 2013 – his NHL debut and then played 13:19 in a win against the L.A. Kings Jan. 20.

“I’m a mobile two-way defenseman,” Trotman said. “I think the biggest thing for my game is I need to end plays and keep the puck going the other way. The offensive side kind of takes care of itself.”

Morrow, 21, was the Pittsburgh Penguins first round selection (23rd overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft. Morrow was acquired from Dallas in the seven player trade, which saw Tyler Seguin go to the Stars. Morrow has a goal and an assist in five AHL games this season. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

“(I) just bring a bit of speed, good skating, good first pass for breakout situations, things like that – the ability to close on plays and just little things like that,” Morrow said describing his game. “I hope I can bring that to the table and do the best I can.”

Morrow has yet to appear in an NHL game, but he’s familiar with being summoned from the AHL. He was recalled by both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars while part of those organizations.

“Definitely used to the process,” he said. “It’s a little different actually being in a position to play your first game, I still haven’t played yet so that’s a little different, but other than that pretty comfortable being up and down.”

With Chara expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a PCL injury, the likelihood of both blue liners getting into game action is strong.

Both rookies know it’ll be a group effort to alleviate the loss of Chara.

“It’s just a whole team thing, everybody’s got to buy in to the situation,” said Morrow. “He’s not going to be here for a while. Everybody’s going to have to pull their own weight and maybe a little bit more.

“It’s a team game and one guy out of the lineup you definitely lose some leadership and some skill with him being one of the best defensemen in the league, but other than that, you’ve got to come together as a team and just work through it, there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Added Trotman, “I think everyone’s just trying not to get too worked up about it. All we can do is just go out and play our best. If we do that, we have a good group of (defense) so we’ll be fine. I think everyone right now is just trying to focus on their game – go out and play as well as you can and obviously play together.

“Play the best game you can play without trying to do too much.”

Following tonight’s game, Boston heads home to host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

Report: Bruins recall defensemen Trotman and Morrow from Providence

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With Zdeno Chara reportedly out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury, the Boston Bruins have begun preparing for life without their captain.

According to a report, the Bruins have recalled blue liners Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow from their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.

Trotman, 24, has an assist in five games this season with Providence. Originally the Bruins seventh round selection (210th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft, Trotman has appeared in two career NHL games with Boston.

Morrow, 21, was the Pittsburgh Penguins first round selection (23rd overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft. Morrow was acquired from Dallas in the seven player trade, which saw Tyler Seguin go to the Stars. Morrow has a goal and an assist in two AHL games this season. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

Chara was injured Thursday night following a knee-on-knee collision with New York Islanders captain John Tavares.

Boston is already without defenseman Kevan Miller, who dislocated his shoulder during a fight with Nicolas Deslauriers of the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 18.

The Bruins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.

Bruins’ Seidenberg done for season with torn ACL/MCL

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The Bruins will have a huge hole to fill on their blue line for the rest of the season.

The team announced defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee during their win against Ottawa last night. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said it’ll take him 6-8 months to recover from the injury.

Seidenberg was hurt after getting his leg tangled up with Sens forward Cory Conacher. He left the game and did not return and, as we’ve found out today, for good reason.

In 34 games this season, Seidenberg had one goal and nine assists while averaging over 21 minutes per game. Losing him for the season after losing Andrew Ference over the summer in free agency to Edmonton makes the Bruins defense look very green.

The Bruins have three steady veterans in captain Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, and Adam McQuaid. More will be asked of all three of them as well as younger guys like Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski. Those guys have played admirably this season, but none have been as steady as Seidenberg.

The Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman on an emergency basis to fill Seidenberg’s spot in the meantime and sent goalie Niklas Svedberg back to Providence.