|Carl Soderberg skates, Bruins get silly in practice||10.07.13 at 12:43 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Carl Soderberg returned to the ice Monday, skating before the team’s practice at Ristuccia Arena as he works his way back from an ankle injury. Soderberg did not participate in practice, with Jordan Caron remaining on the third line left wing.
“He skated this morning, so he’s getting closer,” Claude Julien said of Soderberg.
After Soderberg finished up and the ice was cleaned, the Bruins acted silly by doing drills with the opposite-shot sticks. After doing offensive zone drills for about 10 minutes, they had a shootout, with a left-handed Shawn Thornton actually scoring on Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins last skate with opposite-shot sticks in a laugh-a-minute practice last season, so with four days between games (they took Sunday off and play the Avalanche Thursday), Julien took the opportunity to keep things light.
“For me, the [hardest] drill in practice is finding a warmup drill where you allow guys to get guys to get their legs and goaltenders feeling pucks,” Julien said. “It was one of the things we’ve done before, give them a chance to loosen up and have fun with it. We’re three days away from the next game, so I don’t think we have to be too hard on them in a Monday morning practice.”
|David Krejci to play in opener||10.03.13 at 11:50 am ET|
The Bruins will have their new alternate captain in the lineup for Thursday’s season-opener against the Lightning, as David Krejci will be in the lineup after being questionable with back spasms.
Krejci was on the ice for morning skate centering his line with Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, while Carl Soderberg (left ankle) was once again absent and will not play Thursday. With Soderberg out, Jordan Caron will play left wing on the third line with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith.
For the time being, the Bruins will not call up another forward from Providence.
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|Carl Soderberg out for opener, David Krejci a game-time decision||10.02.13 at 1:41 pm ET|
Carl Soderberg will miss Thursday’s regular-season opener due to a left ankle injury suffered last Friday in the Bruins’ preseason finale. He is currently on injured reserve (retroactive to this past Saturday), so he could be eligible to play in this Saturday’s game against the Red Wings if he is healthy enough.
Soderberg did not practice Wednesday, and though he said he has “no idea” when he’ll be able to return to the ice, he’s optimistic that it won’t be too long.
“The foot feels much better, so we’ll see,” he said. “It could take a couple days, but we have no idea.”
With Soderberg not available, Jordan Caron will skate on the third line with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith.
David Krejci, who had previously been off the ice due to back spasms, returned to practice Wednesday and is a game-time decision for the season-opener.
“I felt better,” Krejci said. “Hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow and feel even better. It’s going to be a game-time decision. Obviously I want to play, but if I can’t, then I can’t.”
If Krejci is unable to go, look for the B’s to recall Ryan Spooner, who was one of the team’s best players in camp but was sent to Providence because of the Bruins’ logjam at center.
The Bruins also made a roster move Wednesday, placing defenseman Kevan Miller on waivers with the intention of assigning him to Providence.
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|Carl Soderberg ‘highly doubtful’ for Thursday’s season-opener||10.01.13 at 3:23 pm ET|
Claude Julien told reporters at Tuesday’s practice in Vermont that forward Carl Soderberg is “highly doubtful” to play in Thursday’s season-opener with swelling in his ankle. Soderberg was listed as being on injured reserve when NHL’s opening-day rosters were released Tuesday.
Julien added that David Krejci, who also did not practice Tuesday, will skate Wednesday, making his status for Thursday a lot better than Soderberg’s.
With Soderberg likely out, expect Jordan Caron to play in his place as the third-line left wing.
Soderberg suffered the injury in the preseason finale Friday, when he hit a right in the Bruins’ exhibition against the Jets.
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|Bruins waive Nick Johnson; David Krejci, Carl Soderberg ‘day-to-day’||09.29.13 at 12:01 pm ET|
Both David Krejci and Carl Soderberg were absent from Bruins practice Sunday, with the B’s placing forward Nick Johnson on waivers just prior to the skate. The team made the move with the intention of sending Johnson to Providence, but he must clear waivers first.
Krejci missed Friday’s preseason finale with back spasms.
“Right now I would say they’re just day-to-day,” Claude Julien said after Sunday’s practice. “Maybe as we move further it might be better. To be honest with you, with Krej it might be better.
“With Carl, I’m not sure yet, because the injury was suffered when he hit a rut the other night. It’s still up in the air as far as the seriousness of it. We had first deemed it minor and now it’s questionable.”
Johnson being placed on waivers means that the team’s roster is more or less set. Jordan Caron will be the team’s 13th forward, while the team will keep eight defensemen (with Kevan Miller the eighth).
Assuming all players are healthy, the roster should look like this for opening night based on the players currently on the roster:
Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller
|Chad Johnson, Carl Soderberg lift Bruins over Red Wings||09.21.13 at 10:00 pm ET|
Chad Johnson bounced back amidst a shaky preseason and Carl SÃ¶derberg scored twice as the Bruins beat the Red Wings, 2-0, Saturday night in Detroit.
Johnson, who had allowed three goals on eight shots Monday in Montreal, stopped all 18 shots he saw vs. the Red Wings. This came two days after the Red Wings (with a stronger lineup than the one they iced Saturday) scored eight goals on Malcolm Subban.
SÃ¶derberg, meanwhile, was playing on a line with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith for the first time this preseason. As things currently stand, that is a good bet to be the Bruins’ third line when the season starts next month.
|Bruins roster projection: Reilly Smith early favorite for third line||09.18.13 at 7:11 pm ET|
With the first round of cuts done with, here’s something that we haven’t had to do in years with the Bruins: guess who makes the team.
Here’s the first projection:
Thirteenth forward: Jordan Caron
Smith makes it and the Bruins sport an all-lefty third line. Not to worry, as the young forward acquired in the Loui Eriksson trade has plenty of experience playing the off wing, so there won’t be an awkward adjustment period for him. Of the group competing for the job, Smith is clearly the most prepared for it given that he played the majority of last season for the Stars. The B’s really like his two way game and, as is needed in Boston, grit.
“He’s very smart,” Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday of Smith. “He makes good plays in small spaces. He’s got a real good shot. … Very good stick, so on the wrong side he picks pucks very well and is very good on the wall. He’s not the biggest guy, but I think he plays with an edge. He’s got a lot of the things that we like. We’ll have to look at him more closely, but he’s caught my eye a little bit.”
It should be noted that the left side wasn’t just handed to Carl Soderberg either. In fact, he’s only played center to this point in camp (in between Matt Fraser and Craig Cunningham), but he has looked good enough to show that he should be on the NHL roster and playing. The Bruins will need to see just how he fits on the left wing, but they see things in his game that they feel could make him a productive winger and even power-forward-like. Specifically, they like players that think to shoot, and that’s what he is.
The Caron thing remains something of a head-scratcher. On a one-year, one-way deal, Caron may simply be running out of time while the B’s might be running out of patience. He’s never gotten the prolonged stay at the NHL for him to show whether he can hack it, and he’s spent enough time in Providence. He could still seize a third-line job for this season, but it seems Caron will never have a safe spot in the lineup for as long as he’s in Boston.
Seventh defenseman: Matt Bartkowski
Really wanted to be (kind of) bold and toss Zach Trotman in Hamilton’s slot, but after Chiarelli’s words on Wednesday it would appear that Trotman still has a bit of work to do to convince him he’s a better NHL option right now than Hamilton.
Bartkowski, meanwhile, is a victim of being a left shot, just like Hamilton was a victim of being a right shot during the playoffs. The playoffs finally showed us that Bartkowski is legit, and he’d be a no-brainer to make the team were it not for Krug’s quick rise.
This is very subject to change, as Chad Johnson was bad enough in the first few days and preseason game to give Svedberg the edge, but there is still plenty of camp and preseason to determine who is best suited to replace Anton Khudobin.