Going into the 2014-15 campaign, the Boston Bruins were in a tough cap position and trading a defenseman seemed like the best way to address it given their deep blueline. Their circumstances have changed though and now the Bruins have expressed an interest in acquiring a defenseman, according to the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver.
The Bruins have been hit hard by injuries lately and are consequently missing defensemen David Warsofsky, Kevan Miller, Torey Krug, and Zdeno Chara. The only silver lining is that Krug might be able to return on Monday.
This would naturally be less of an issue if the Bruins had found a way to stay under the ceiling without trading Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders on Oct. 4, but that’s being said with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.
Significant trades at this stage of the season are not unheard of, but they are rare. That being said, it’s not clear what the Bruins are looking for and they might be more interested in a stopgap measure that can help ease the team through this period until some of their regulars are healthy enough to play.
The Boston Bruins received more bad news on Sunday as David Warsofsky will miss the next two-to-four weeks with a groin strain and David Krejci is day-to-day. Embedded in the latest injury updates though was a glimmer of hope.
Defenseman Torey Krug (finger) took part in Sunday’s practice and thinks returning on Monday is a possibility.
“Yeah, definitely,” Krug told the Bruins’ website. “It’s realistic, it’s something that we’ve just got to talk about and make sure I feel comfortable with it, the coaches feel comfortable, and it’s going to be a group decision.”
The Bruins could use all the help they can get as they’re also missing defensemen Kevan Miller and Zdeno Chara on top of Warsofsky. If Krug can’t play, then Matt Bartkowski might come out of the press box after four games as a healthy scratch.
“He dug himself a hole, and now he’s got to dig himself out of it,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said, per CSN New England. “You only get so many chances, right, where if you keep failing then you go back up to the press box. It’s all about attitude. I think Bart has had a good attitude in practice, and he’s been working hard. I don’t think he’s hanging his head. He’s still a good teammate in the dressing room.”
Amid all of the Bruins’ injury woes, they’ve still managed to win their last four games. They’ll try to make it five when they face New Jersey.
After admitting following Thursday night’s win over the Edmonton Oilers that he was playing hurt, David Krejci missed Bruins practice on Sunday.
Krejci has missed five of Boston’s first 15 games due to the injury, which is believed to be a lower body. He initially suffered the injury during the preseason.
On Sunday, during the team’s line rushes, Krejci was replaced by Chris Kelly at center between Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith.
In 10 games this season, the 28-year-old has three goals and 10 points.
The Bruins return to action Monday when they play host to the New Jersey Devils.
Zdeno Chara. Torey Krug. Kevan Miller.
And now, David Warsofsky.
That’s the full, updated list of injured Boston blueliners — the latest, Warsofsky, was announced on Friday as the team said he’d be out “a while” with an undisclosed ailment suffered during Thursday’s win over Edmonton.
The Krug-like Warsofsky (still Brough’s best headline ever, by a mile) drew into the Boston lineup on Oct. 30 and has played well, averaging 17:46 TOI in four games while notching his first point of the season against the Oilers.
With Warsofsky gone, Boston’s top six blueliners project to be Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, Joe Morrow and Zach Trotman. If that is upsetting to B’s fans, don’t fret — the team is 5-1-0 in its last six and the defense is playing so well, some think now is the time to trade Chara. I am not one of those people, for the record.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Liam Fitzgerald is an eight-year-old who has Down syndrome and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at four. He battled with cancer for three and a half years and has beaten it. He’s also a big Adam McQuaid fan, to the point where Liam dressed up as him for Halloween in 2013. When McQuaid learned of him, the Bruins defenseman arranged for him and his family to be guests at a game in February. He was invited back on Tuesday and this was the result:
The Boston Globe recently did a feature on Liam.
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Flames head coach Bob Hartley thinks he’ll get the most out of Sean Monahan by putting him on the ice against the league’s best players. (Calgary Sun)
Japan isn’t regarded as a major hockey power, but 11-year-old Iguchi Aito is pretty impressive:
Here’s a list of what the top NHL head coaches reportedly make:
Keep in mind, it’s believed that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is looking for $3 million annually.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano was very happy with how his team played against the Los Angeles Kings last night. (LA Kings Insider)
The Anaheim Ducks’ recent injury woes have present Jason LaBarbera with his latest opportunity to prove himself. (Orange County Register)