November 29, 2010
Matt Hunwick had been traded to the Colorado Avalanche. In return the Bruins will receive defenseman Colby Cohen. Colby is a 6’2” 200 pound right handed shooting defenseman. A former second round pick out of Boston University, Cohen is expected to join Providence when he arrives to the Bruins organization.
With this trade, expect Adam McQuaid to be in the lineup as the 6th defenseman. Another potential move could be calling up Matt Kampfer or Matt Bartkowski, who were both impressive in training camp. With Marc Savard’s return on the horizon, shedding Hunwick’s 1.45 million salary may be the first of many moves in attempts to get Savard and Sturm back on the team and under the cap.
November 28, 2010
David Krejci will miss tonight’s game because of the flu. Jamie Arniel as been recalled on an emergency basis. Arniel is expected to play on the fourth line as a winger. Blake Wheeler will shift over to center the second line.
November 19, 2010
Marc Savard has passed his latest conditioning test and has been cleared to practice in non contract drills. An early December return is not out of the question, as is the same for Marco Sturm. Krejci is expected back within a game or two, meaning the Bruins will be at full health in just a couple weeks. However, there is always the cap issue, one that may force Peter Chiarelli to demote or trade off valuable assets from the current team. For Sturm and Savard to be activated from LTIR, they will need to shed 4.9 million in salary to fit both under the cap. Who should the Bruins move to fit Savard and Sturm in? Remember, the Bruins are carrying two additional players on the active roster.
Here is a potential lineup:
As the lineup above is broken down, Blake Wheeler(2.2), Andrew Ference (2.25), and Daniel Paille (1.075) are the guys shipped. In this scenario the Bruins would be below the cap by 625K. Jordan Caron would be a reserve forward, however, he may be better suited in Providence, with the Bruins recalling a defenseman in case of an injury.
November 18, 2010
David Krejci is making his way back from a concussion and is now listed as day to day according to NESN. Krejci has already missed five games since his collision with T.J. Oshie.
This is excellent news for Krejci who is probably a game or two away from returning to action. With Krejci back it allows everyone to slide down one spot in the lineup, pushing Bergeron back to the second line pivot. Also going forward, look for Tyler Seguin to be an option on Bergeron’s wing with Wheeler getting an opportunity to continue playing center.
November 12, 2010
According to WEEI.com, Johnny Boychuk hopes to return to the Bruins lineup as early as next weekend against the Los Angeles Kings. Boychuk broke his forearm when he was slashed by Brandon Dubinksy of the New York Rangers. With Boychuk’s return, expect Adam McQuaid to be back on the bench. McQuaid has played well in his brief stint thus far. He adds a physical game to the back pairing but its hard to see him beating out Matt Hunwick for the final defense spot.
November 8, 2010
Peter Chiarelli has stated that Krejci’s concussion is considered “moderate”. That may be an indication that his concussion will keep him out longer than just one week.
Brian McGratton has been placed on waivers for the purposes of sending him to Providence. This move is clearly for cap purposes and roster limitations, so expect to see either Joe Colborne or Zach Hamill get called up. However, at the same time, knowing how Claude Julien likes to coach, seeing Jeremy Reich with the club would not be a surprise either.
With Krejci out, Blake Wheeler has moved to center. Wheeler has the size an speed to play center, but his smarts and awareness may make this a difficult transition. With Wheeler now at center, Daniel Paille is now forced back into the lineup. Here is the rest of the lineup:
November 7, 2010
According to John Bishop, David Krejci will be out at least a week after suffering a mild concussion against St. Louis last night. Krejci was hit by T.J. Oshie and appeared to hit his head on the boards after the hit.
In Krejci’s absence, look for Blake Wheeler to move to center for a few games, unless a player is brought up from Providence. Zach Hamill may be an option, but he has struggled this season in the AHL. Additionally, it leaves the Bruins without their top center and best overall player, meaning Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin become that much more important.