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Kaspars Daugavins not at morning skate, David Krejci wouldn’t want a teammate to pull his shootout move

Posted By DJ Bean On April 2, 2013 @ 12:20 pm In General | 1 Comment

Bruins forward Kaspars Daugavins was expected to have his work visa issues squared away for Tuesday, but he was not on the ice for the team’s morning skate.

The Bruins claimed Daugavins from the Senators last Wednesday, but the Latvian-born player has been unable to get his work visa because the US Embassy was closed from Good Friday through Easter Monday. The B’s had aimed to have everything in order for Tuesday. Whether that will still happen remains unclear.

“I really don’t have that answer,” Claude Julien said. “I know that he was supposed to meet people today because the Easter holiday’s over, so people are back at work, so he [was supposed to be] meeting this morning. I’m not quite sure. We expect him today. Whether it happens or not, I don’t know.”

As for whether Daugavins would be a possibility to play against his former club on Tuesday night, Julien said such a scenario is unlikely.

“I doubt it,” he said. “I’m not going to say no. If he shows up and we feel if we need him, I haven’t talked to upper management about that situation more than, right now they’re trying to get his visa status resolved more than worrying about anything else right now.”

In 19 games for the Senators this season, Daugavins has one goal and two assists for three points. He’s more of a defensive forward, though he is perhaps best known for being an absolute laugh riot with his shootout attempt against Tuukka Rask earlier this season.

Asked about the shootout move, David Krejci says he wasn’t a fan and wouldn’t want his teammate to attempt it.

“I wouldn’t like it if my teammate tried [it], because we know we need points. If he scored, it would be different, but you need points. You don’t want to put on a show. You just try to put the puck in the net and that’s how you go [about it] in a shootout. I thought it was creative — I’d never seen anything like that, but I wouldn’t like it if my teammate tried.”

Daugavins actually scored using the move in the AHL, but he’s just 1-for-4 in shootouts in his NHL career.

Also missing from the morning skate was forward Lane MacDermid, who Julien said “suffered a minor injury.”


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