|Bruins place Jonas Gustavsson on IR, recall Malcolm Subban and David Pastrnak||02.01.16 at 1:54 pm ET|
The Bruins made some roster moves upon returning from the All-Star break, most notably by placing goaltender Jonas Gustsavsson on injured reserve and recalling Malcolm Subban from Providence. David Pastrnak, who was sent to Providence to play games during the break, was also recalled.
Gustavsson had a health scare in last Tuesday’s contest agains the Ducks, as he left the game after one period due to an elevated heart rate and was taken to Mass General hospital. After spending the night in the hospital, he was discharged when preliminary tests came back negative. In a statement released Monday, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said that Gustavsson was only on IR pending final test results and that the team would take him off upon clearance. Because Gustavsson last played last Tuesday and All-Star break days can count as retroactive IR days, Gustavsson could potentially be able to come off IR as early as Tuesday’s game against the Maple Leafs.
The 30-year-old netminder has had three different heart procedures since coming to the NHL in 2009. He was on the ice prior to Monday’s practice working with goaltending coach Bob Essensa, but did not appear to be facing any shots. Instead, Gustavsson worked on positioning and puck management outside the net.
Adam McQuaid, who has been out since Jan. 5 with an upper-body injury and remains on IR, also skated Monday. The 29-year-old blueliner took passes from strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides in addition to skating and shooting.
Both Subban and Pastrnak were present for Monday’s practice. It is unclear how long the Bruins will keep Gustavsson out for, but Subban’s recall could potentially give him the opportunity to play his second NHL game. In his only NHL game to date, Subban only faced three shots in the first period, stopping them all, but then allowed goals on the first three shots he saw in the second period before getting pulled against the Blues on Feb. 20.
In 26 games for Providence tis season, Subban has a .913 save percentage, a 2.45 goals against average and one shutout, all of which lead the Baby B’s. The Bruins’ next three games see them host the Maple Leafs and then play the Sabres twice, so if the team were inclined to give him a start, at least it would be in one of their schedule’s more manageable games.
|David Pastrnak assigned to AHL Providence during All-Star break||01.27.16 at 7:07 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Wednesday that forward David Pastrnak was assigned to AHL Providence. The move was made so the 19-year-old can see some action during the NHL All-Star break, as he’s missed most of the season due to injury. He is expected to rejoin the Bruins next week, before their first game back Tuesday.
Pastrnak was sidelined two months with a fractured foot suffered in late October. He then had a brief stint with Providence before joining the Czech Republic for the World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland. Since rejoining the B’s on Jan. 8, he has three goals and two assists in eight games.
Providence hosts Springfield on Friday.
|David Krejci rejoins Bruins in practice, Adam McQuaid still not skating||01.18.16 at 10:43 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena saw a familiar face return, as injured center David Krejci practiced with Bruins teammates for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 27.
Krejci was wearing a green jersey, which is often worn in practice by players who are either injured or not on a line. Also in green was David Pastrnak, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury.
Both Krejci and Pastrnak will travel to Montreal for Tuesday’s game against the Canadiens.
With Krejci and Pastrnak on the ice, Boston’s practice lines on Monday looked like this:
Krejci said he has been skating since last week. He took limited contact in Monday’s practice and said that he has felt better with each passing day but is not yet comfortable enough to play.
“I need to feel 100 percent skating and 100 percent shooting,” Krejci said. “I’m getting there, but it was a good today.”
The Bruins have gone 4-4-1 without Krejci. Given that he was having the best regular season of his career (33 points in 35 games), they could certainly use him as they try to claim one of the top three spots in the crowded Atlantic Division.
“I’d like to play as soon as possible, but this kind of injury, at this point in time it’s kind of day-to-day,” Krejci said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow — hopefully better — but we’ll see how it feels tomorrow in warmups.”
In other injury news, Adam McQuaid has yet to take the ice as he remains out with an injury suffered on a Jan. 5 hit from Capitals forward Zach Sill.
|Eriksson-Bergeron-Pastrnak an intriguing option for Bruins||01.07.16 at 11:29 pm ET|
It looks like the Bruins are going to use David Pastrnak the right way.
After recalling the 19-year-old scorer from Providence, the Bruins skated Pastrnak on the right wing of Patrice Bergeron‘s line in Thursday’s practice. Loui Eriksson was at left wing, as Brad Marchand will serve the final game of his three-game suspension Friday night.
The line is extremely intriguing. Playing Pastrnak on Bergeron’s line has always seemed to make sense (see: Tyler Seguin‘s 29-goal 2011-12 season), but “the Bergeron line” usually means “the Bergeron and Marchand line.” Bergeron and Marchand have pretty much been a package deal since midway through the 2010-11 season, and for good reason. They’re among the best duos in the NHL.
Yet having Eriksson at left wing could have an interesting impact on Pastrnak. Both Eriksson and Marchand are scorers — they have 15 and 14 goals, respectively — but Marchand is more of an electric player with the puck on his stick than Eriksson. Bergeron, a very good scorer in his own right with 15 goals, can pretty much just dish to Marchand, count to three and be part of a scoring chance.
Eriksson does a lot of things, but he isn’t the skater or offensively ambitious player that Marchand is. With the exception of the 2011-12 season, when Seguin scored 29 goals, Marchand has always scored more goals than his line’s right wing.
Having Eriksson on the line could open up the door for the Bergeron line’s right wing to be more of a scorer.
“Brad creates a lot by having the puck and by me trying to send him with his speed,” Bergeron said. “I think Loui’s more territorial and possession and kind of slowing the play down a little bit more. They’re different in their own rights.
“Me being a righty, my tendency is to go to my left side a little bit more, so maybe my righties are not as happy with me, but we’re trying to use both sides. Brad’s got the puck a little bit more than Loui would. Loui likes to kind of send it and chip it and dump it a little bit more.”
Speaking after Thursday’s practice, Pastrnak seemed thrilled by the idea of playing with Bergeron. After not playing since Oct. 31 due to a foot injury and a lengthy rehab tour that took him to Finland for the World Junior Championships, he was probably just relieved to be back with the B’s.
Skating with both Eriksson and Bergeron will be a new experience for the young forward, but based on what Bergeron would want in a right wing on a line with Eriksson, Pastrnak sounds like a good fit.
“I think the righty needs to go a little bit more and use his speed more and try to [have] us find him,” Bergeron said.
Brett Connolly, who has spent a lot of time on the right wing of Bergeron’s line this season, has had both Marchand and Eriksson as his left wing.
“Obviously Marchy’s more gritty, in your face,” Connolly said. “Loui’s more [about] using his hockey sense to make some plays. He seems to always be in the right areas. Two good players. Two smart players.”
If Eriksson’s presence allows for more facilitating, Pastrnak could be beneficiary for at least a game. One would think Marchand and Bergeron would be reunited once Marchand’s suspension is up, but for now Claude Julien has an interesting line at his disposal.
|Don Sweeney explains David Pastrnak situation||01.05.16 at 11:30 am ET|
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney confirmed Tuesday that the Bruins’ demotion of David Pastrnak to Providence came as a result of a roster crunch and the fact that the player would not be in Tuesday’s lineup anyway.
Pastrnak, who was in Finland for the World Junior Championships, got to Boston on Monday afternoon. He did not practice on Monday, making it very unlikely that he would play Tuesday vs. the Capitals. With the Bruins only having 11 forwards at their disposal (12 on their roster due to the suspended Brad Marchand taking up a spot) and 22 total roster players, the B’s needed to activate Joonas Kemppainen from injured reserve in order to have a full group of forwards against the Capitals. Adding Pastrnak would have left the B’s over the 23-man roster limit.
“Really the only [thing] was he didn’t arrive until yesterday afternoon,” Sweeney said. “We had him checked out, and he’ll skate today and we’ll re-evaluate. Really, it’s a matter of we play tonight, Joonas in all likelihood will come off IR, so our roster is what it is at this point in time. We’ll make a decision going forward, and David will be a part of that process.”
Sweeney added that the Bruins are not concerned with a finger injury through which Pastrnak played WJC games. Sweeney was noncommittal when asked whether Pastrnak would play any games in Providence before returning to the NHL roster.
In 10 games this season, Pastrnak has two goals and two assists for four points.
|Bruins send David Pastrnak to Providence||01.04.16 at 12:23 pm ET|
[UPDATE: 2:43 p.m.] The Bruins announced Monday afternoon that they have sent David Pastrnak to Providence. Pastrnak is returning from Finland, where he represented the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championships.
Pastrnak was not at Monday’s Bruins practice, but the team planned to have him examined after he suffered a minor finger injury in Finland. The Bruins did not believe the injury would affect his availability, so the demotion could be due to a numbers game.
Joonas Kemppainen could return from an upper-body injury Tuesday against the Capitals. Kemppainen has not played since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 7.
“He’s day-to-day, meaning that he could be a possibility for tomorrow,” Julien said of Kemppainen.
If Kemppainen cannot play, the Bruins would need to either recall a forward from Providence or play seven defensemen. Kemppainen is currently on injured reserve, giving the Bruins 22 players including the suspended Brad Marchand. They will be able to activate Kemppainen without any corresponding moves, but Pastrnak’s eventual return would force the Bruins to demote a player in order to stay at the 23-man limit.
Patrice Bergeron returned to practice, giving the Bruins the following lines:
|David Pastrnak open to options for conditioning, but wants to stay in Boston||12.14.15 at 12:40 pm ET|
David Pastrnak made another small step in his recovery from a non-displaced fracture in his foot when he joined his Bruins teammates for Monday’s morning skate. There is no timetable for his return, but his next steps will include longer practices with physical contact and, eventually, perhaps some games. Where those games will come is an interesting question.
The 19-year-old right wing, who suffered the injury blocking a shot in the Bruins’ Oct. 27 win over the Coyotes, was in a boot from early November until earlier this month. Though he’s been skating for a week, he says that his conditioning is the biggest thing he needs to get back after being off his feet for so long.
“Even though I was on the bike and stuff, nothing compares to skating,” Pastrnak said. “It’s hard, obviously, but I’ve been skating for a week now. There’s no timetable now. [I’ll] take it slowly and practice hard every day.”
If and when the Bruins decide to get Pastrnak into some non-NHL games to help him get his legs back, they’ll have options. One would be to send him to Providence to play on a conditioning loan. The other would potentially be to send him to Finland to play for the Czech Republic in the World Juniors, which runs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5. Pastrnak said his priority is to play with Boston as soon as possible.
“I’m happy to be in this organization, and whatever they want me to do, I will be happy to,” he said of the idea of being sent to Providence.
The World Junior option might be more intriguing than a normal conditioning loan, as it would give him the opportunity to get up to speed while also representing his country. Pastrnak had a goal and six assists for seven points in five games for the Czech Republic at last year’s tournament. While he seemed willing to go again, he reiterated that his preference would be to stay in Boston.
“Obviously, I want to be here,” he said. “I want to help the team and [there’s] nothing else I’m focusing on right now. It’s tough, but it’s not my decision. Like I said, I want to stay here and see what the organization’s going to decide for me.”
Pastrnak has played in 10 games this season, two of which came after he blocked the shot against the Coyotes before his injury was realized to be more severe than initially suspected. The second-year pro has two goals and two assists for four points on the season.