|David Warsofsky deserves chance somewhere in NHL||09.07.14 at 9:33 am ET|
Being NHL-ready and stuck in the AHL because of organizational depth is tough, but sometimes there’s a solution.
If it were another player, it would be logical to thank the organization for the chance and respectfully ask the team to explore trade options, but it’s more complicated than that with David Warsofsky.
The chances of him cracking Boston’s lineup as long as Torey Krug is around and healthy are remote, but the Marshfield native grew up a Bruins fan and has family here, so the idea of parting with the organization isn’t as appetizing.
“I’ve got a big family around here, and everybody loves coming to the games, so that’s obviously easy for them,” Warsofsky said this week as he attended each of the Bruins’ semi-formal practices at Ristuccia Arena. “At the end of the day, it is a business, so I think wherever hockey takes me, that’s where it is. Right now it’s Boston, so I’m pretty happy with that.”
Warsofsky, who played at Cushing Academy before heading to Boston University for three years, has spent three seasons (parts of four) in Providence since being acquired from the Blues in 2010 for Vladimir Sobotka. In Providence, he’s played his game — that of an undersized puck-moving defenseman – and last season put up 32 points in 56 regular-season games and added nine more in 12 postseason games.
He also held his own in six games last season for Boston, contributing offensively by scoring his first NHL goal in his fourth game on Dec. 28 against Ottawa and assisting on a Chris Kelly goal against the Senators on Feb. 8.
“Obviously to get a couple games in and get that confidence that you can play at that level is obviously good,” he said. “In my head I obviously thought I could play at that level, but the reassurance of coming up here and playing well definitely helped a lot too.”
This offseason, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he considers Warsofsky to be in the group of nine NHL defensemen he feels the Bruins possess. He’s probably right, but as long as Torey Krug is in town and healthy, none of us can be sure.
Both players possess similar size (Krug is listed at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, Warsofsky is listed as being the same height and 10 pounds lighter). They’re both strong skaters and power play assets. Warsofsky, at 24 years of age, is less than a year older than Krug.
With all the defensemen the Bruins have, there isn’t room for that redundancy. Krug has spent the majority of his Bruins career as the team’s No. 5/6 defenseman in addition to his power play responsibilities. Warsofsky isn’t going to leapfrog him.
“It is a tough situation with all the defensemen they have here, and obviously Torey and me play a similar type of game,” Warsofsky said. “I’m just focusing on myself right now, [which] is all I can really do; control what I can control and I’ll see what happens [in training camp].”
So again, a player in Warsofsky’s position might look for opportunities elsewhere, much like how the Bruins have looked at trade options to give Jordan Caron an opportunity to be in an NHL lineup every night. As a restricted free agent this summer, Warsofsky could have tried to leverage his way to another team, but instead happily signed a one-year, two-way deal to stay with the B’s.
“Obviously I wanted to come back to the Bruins,” he said. “This is my hometown and I want to play for the Bruins for a long time.”
Whether that happens remains to be seen. The Bruins need to make some sort of trade in order to free up space if they want to give Krug and Reilly Smith, both unsigned entry level free agents, respectable contracts. Trading Warsofsky wouldn’t solve any of the team’s cap woes, but including him in a trade would both yield a better return and finally give Warsofsky the opportunity he seems to deserve.
|Bruins sign David Warsofsky to 1-year deal||07.24.14 at 12:30 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Thursday that they have signed defenseman David Warsofsky to a one-year, two-way contract.
Warsofsky’s contract will pay him $600,000 should he play at the NHL level. He has spent the vast majority of his Bruins career in Providence since being acquired in a trade with the Blues in 2010.
He did play in six games for the B’s last season, serving time on the power play and scoring a goal on Dec. 28 against the Senators.
The Marshfield native and Boston University product is a highly skilled puck-moving blueliner, which presents an organizational redundancy given the presence of Torey Krug on Boston’s back end. General manager Peter Chiarelli has said this offseason that he feels the team has nine NHL defensemen, a group that includes Warsofsky, and that he may trade one or multiple blueliners.
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|Bruins recall David Warsofsky||02.03.14 at 9:59 am ET|
The Bruins recalled defenseman David Warsofsky on Monday as the team enters the final week before the Olympic break.
The B’s have three games this week, two of which will be played without Zdeno Chara due to his duties as Slovkia’s flag-bearer in the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics. Given that the team had been carrying just six defensemen, a call-up was going to be required.
Warsofsky already has played in four games for the B’s this season, recording one goal and no assists with an even rating. In 42 games for Providence, the Marshfield native has three goals and 23 assists for 26 points with a plus-12 rating.
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|Carl Soderberg out vs. Senators; Bruins recall David Warsofsky and Nick Johnson||12.28.13 at 12:37 pm ET|
Carl Soderberg did not travel to Ottawa and will not play Saturday night against the Senators, according to the Bruins. With both Soderberg and Dennis Seidenberg out, the Bruins have recalled forward Nick Johnson and defenseman David Warsofsky from Providence.
This is the second injury of the season for Soderberg, who missed the first six games with an ankle injury suffered during the preseason. He joins Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton, Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly and the suspended Shawn Thornton as players currently out of Boston’s lineup.
Johnson and Warsofky had been up with the Bruins this month and had played seven and three games, respectively. Both players were sent down Tuesday.
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|B’s send Nick Johnson, David Warsofsky to Providence||12.24.13 at 3:25 pm ET|
The Bruins on Tuesday assigned forward Nick Johnson and defenseman David Warsofsky to AHL Providence, an indication that some of the injured B’s are ready to return.
Johnson, a former Dartmouth College star, played in seven games since his call-up on Dec. 10, recording no points or penalty minutes, with six shots on goal.
Warsofsky, from Marshfield and Boston University, made his NHL debut on Thursday against the Sabres. He collected five shots but no points in three games.
Forward Daniel Paille (out seven games with concussion symptoms) and defenseman Dougie Hamilton (out since Dec. 8 with a lower-body injury) have made progress as they’ve recovered from their injuries, but Paille did not travel to Nashville for Monday’s game and Hamilton, though he has been skating, has yet to practice with the team. The B’s could ice six defensemen without him and Warsofsky thanks to the recent return of Adam McQuaid. With McQuaid returning to the lineup Monday, the B’s made Matt Bartkowski a healthy scratch against the Predators.
|Bruins forced to send Kevan Miller down; David Warsofsky recalled||12.18.13 at 1:22 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins had to make a tough move Wednesday, sending defenseman Kevan Miller back to Providence for the sake of making sure he remains in the organization.
Miller, who has been recalled twice for the B’s and has done well with the opportunity given to him, was about to play his 10th game, which would have meant the team would need to put him through waivers if they B’s tried sending him down later.
“We felt that Kevan would probably be a waiver pickup by somebody,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “We didn’t want to risk it, so I spoke to Kevan beforehand and he understood. I told him I felt good about his play up here, and probably the next time we bring him up will be for good.
“It’s kind of a cold business decision, but I first asked him, ‘Have you been counting games?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Do you know what game it is tomorrow night?’ He goes, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Well what do you think?’ He understood.”
With Miller back in Providence, the Bruins have recalled defenseman David Warsofksy. That will make for a rather different look for the B’s blueline, as Miller is a bigger, more physical defenseman while Warsofsky is an undersized offensive-minded blue liner.
“Kevan Miller was up, and he’s kind of cut in the mold of Adam McQuaid,” Chiarelli said. “A size/strength guy, right shot. Now you have a guy [in Warsofsky] who’s cut a little in the mold of Torey Krug, so we’ve maybe gone from one extreme to the other, but they all play the same defensive zone coverage in Providence, so you see a pretty seamless transition with these guys and I would expect the same for Warsofsky.”
Warsofsky, who is a Marshfield native and a product of Boston University, has two goals and 14 assists for 16 points in 26 games for Providence this season. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder suffered an upper-body injury in Providence’s game Friday, but he was skating with the P-Bruins Wednesday and will be ready to go for the Bruins.
“He’s played very well,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a little undersized, but a very good skater, moves the puck well, and he’s had a real good year. He got dinged up a little on Friday, but he’s good to go.”
The Bruins also returned Craig Cunningham to Providence after he was recalled for Tuesday’s game on an emergency basis.
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|Bruins cut Craig Cunningham, David Warsofsky, Mike Moore||09.23.13 at 11:53 pm ET|
The Bruins made three cuts from camp Monday night, sending Craig Cunningham and David Warsofsky to Providence and placing Mike Moore on the waivers for the purpose of assignment to Providence.
None of the three cuts were surprises, as these were relatively minor moves. With two preseason games left and 28 healthy players, expect bigger cuts in the coming days leading up to next Thursday’s regular season opener.
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