David Warsofsky

With blueline banged up, B’s recall Trotman


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.

NHL on NBCSN: Hot Bruins, Leafs continue one of NHL’s oldest battles

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NBCSN will feature a doubleheader for Wednesday Night Rivalry. In the first half of the event, the Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Boston Bruins at 8:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

Boston isn’t at 100 percent strength – in fact, the team is nowhere near it. The Bruins have been playing without blueliners David Warsofsky, Kevan Miller, and Zdeno Chara. They got Torey Krug back on Monday, but yesterday the team revealed that David Krejci would miss at least two more contests.

None of that has slowed them down. The Bruins have still cruised to five straight victories to improve to 10-6-0 this season. They’ll look to make it six against a very familiar foe.

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The Maple Leafs faced Boston in the 2013 playoffs in a series that is difficult for any Torontonian to easily forget. Toronto had a 4-1 lead midway through the third period of Game 7 when the Bruins started a comeback run that eliminated the Maple Leafs. Patrice Bergeron netted the game-tying and winning goals in that contest and he’s remained a thorn in Toronto’s side since that contest.

When Boston and Toronto met for the first time this season on Oct. 25, Bergeron had two assists to aid the Bruins in their 4-1 victory. That was also the night Bergeron reached the 500-point milestone and given that he’s taking a four-game point streak into tonight’s contest, it’s fair to say that he remains a series threat for the Maple Leafs.

As does goaltender Tuukka Rask, should the Bruins decide to put him between the pipes tonight. There are few teams he torments more than the Maple Leafs as he’s posted a career 10-2-0 record, 1.59 GAA, and .945 save percentage against them in 14 career regular season contests.

As they always do, the Toronto Maple Leafs will look to Phil Kessel to lead the charge tonight, but while he is typically an imposing player, the Bruins have traditionally done a great job of shutting him down. Since he was traded from Boston to Toronto, Kessel has just three goals, 14 points, and a minus-24 rating in 27 regular season contests against his former squad. He was held off the scoresheet and was minus-two in Toronto’s loss to Boston earlier this season.

The silver lining is that the Leafs’ secondary scorers have stepped up lately. Toronto won back-to-back games over the weekend and its 10 goals over that span were scored by nine different players. If the Maple Leafs display that kind of depth tonight against Boston then the Bruins’ winning streak will be in serious jeopardy.

Bruins’ Warsofsky taking Krug’s spot


Boston Bruins defenseman David Warsofsky is the benefactor of restricted free agent Torey Krug not being at training camp.

Warsofsky skated along side Kevan Miller at the Bruins’ first day of on-ice activities Friday.

According to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, the Bruins and Krug remain $750,000 apart on a one-year deal.

As a result, Warsofsky, 24,  finds himself where Krug would otherwise be on the team’s defensive depth chart.

“Getting a couple of games last year and kind of proving myself at this level definitely gives me a lot of confidence going into this camp,” said Warsofsky. “Something is going to happen with the defensemen, but nobody really knows right now. Until that time I’m focusing on myself, and controlling what I can control.

Originally a fourth-round selection of the St. Louis Blues (95th overall in 2008), Warsofsky had six goals and 32 points in 56 games for the Providence Bruins last season and added a goal and an assist in six games with Boston.

“Obviously the situation with Torey will get resolved at one point or another,” he said. “We’re the same type of players, but right now I’m just focused on myself and the situation will take care of itself. Like everyone, I’m on social media and see things, but the more I can not pay attention to it (the better). I just need to go out and practice the way I know I can play, and prove myself in the games.”

Should Krug come to terms, it’s hard to see Warsofsky sticking with the big club, but he’s optimistic.

“Hopefully it’s here in Boston. I love the city and I’m obviously from here,” he said of an NHL opportunity. “I want my [NHL] opportunity to be in Boston, but wherever the course takes me. That’s the business, and I’d have to deal with it.”

Warsofsky will likely find himself victim of the numbers game once the dust settles in Boston.

Related: Bruins GM on Krug, Smith: “They’re not going anywhere”

With Soderberg and Seidenberg hurt, Bruins recall pair from minors


The Boston Bruins have a sort of M.A.S.H. unit going on as they hit the road to face the Ottawa Senators tonight.

While defenseman Dennis Seidenberg left last night’s game with a lower-body injury, forward Carl Soderberg is also banged up and did not make the trip to Ottawa. The Bruins recalled defenseman David Warsofsky and forward Nick Johnson on an emergency basis to fill their spots.

As CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty shares, Claude Julien didn’t specify what the injury was to Soderberg but it’s believed to be a concussion after he was hit into the glass partition between the benches last night.

Johnson and Warsofsky have had turns already this season in Boston. Johnson played in seven games and did not register a point. Warsofsky played in three games after taking Kevan Miller’s spot to save him from having to hit waivers.