Bruins Recall Maxime Lagace On Emergency Basis, Assign Dan Vladar

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced on Friday that the team has assigned goaltender Dan Vladar to the Providence Bruins, and recalled goaltender Maxime Lagace on an emergency basis. Vladar was recalled earlier this week after goaltender Tuukka Rask went down with what head coach Bruce Cassidy labeled a concussion.

Vladar served as backup to Jaroslav Halak in Boston’s 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. The 22-year-old holds a 6-5-0 record with a 1.84 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage two shutouts in 12 AHL contests this season.

Lagace has been strong with the P-Bruins this season since signing a one-year, $700,000 contract over the offseason. Through 23 AHL appearances this season, the 27-year-old boasts a 14-6-2 record to go along with five shutouts, a 2.49 GAA and a .915 save percentage. This is the first time the club has recalled him this season.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound netminder was with the Vegas Golden Knights organization over the course of the last two seasons, spending time with both the big club in Vegas and the team’s AHL-affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. In 17 career NHL appearances, Lagace holds a .868 save percentage and a 3.92 GAA. In 184 games in the AHL over his career, Lagace has a .904 save percentage and a 2.84 GAA.

The Bruins will return to action on Sunday as they will travel to Pittsburgh for a matinee rematch with the Penguins. Puck-drop is slated for 12:30 pm.

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Bruins’ Rask Suffers Concussion In Loss At Columbus

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Just 1:12 into the first period of Boston’s 3-0 loss at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask took a punch to the side of the head from Columbus forward Emil Bemstrom, who did not receive a penalty on the play. Rask had to leave the game and did not return; following the contest, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy announced that Rask sustained a concussion from the play.

Rask has a history of dealing with concussions and migraine issues. This instance comes almost a year (360 days, to be exact) after the 32-year-old suffered a concussion after taking the worst of a hard collision with New York Rangers forward Filip Chytil in a game at TD Garden last season.

This season, in 28 appearances, Rask has a 17-4-6 record to go along with a 2.27 goals-against average (fifth-best in the league) and a .925 save percentage (fifth-highest) en route to being selected to the Atlantic Division All-Star team. On Monday, the Finn announced that he would forgo All-Star Weekend in order to get some extra rest and time with his family.

While no announcement has been made as to who the Bruins might call up, Providence Bruins netminder Maxime Lagace, who has a record of 14-6-2, five shutouts, a 2.49 GAA, and .915 save percentage in the AHL this season, seems like the most likely option. Providence’s, Dan Vladar, who is 6-5-0 with two shutouts, a 1.94 GAA, and a .935 save percentage, is also an option. Goaltending prospect Kyle Keyser, who is with the Atlanta Gladiators Boston’s ECHL-affiliate, is out with a concussion.

The Bruins will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 16, as they will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden. Puck-drop is slated for 7:00 pm.

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Bruins’ Rask To Forgo 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will not participate in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, as announced by NHL Public Relations. Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevsky will replace Rask at the festivities on All-Star Weekend.

Rask spoke to the media on Monday evening before Boston’s visit with the Philadelphia Flyers, saying it was a tough decision that he put a lot of thought into. While the goaltender noted that it was an honor to be selected to the Atlantic Division All-Star team, he emphasized that he made his decision in order to get extra rest and time with his family.

“I had to be kind of selfish, thinking how much hockey we played last year, the short summer, wanting to play into June again, and [All-Star Weekend] falling right in the middle of our bye week.” Rask said to the media. “It was a selfish decision to go spend time with my family and get the mind and body rejuvenated.”

As is the case with players who decide to forgo All-Star Weekend after being voted in, Rask will be mandated by the NHL to serve a one-game suspension in the Bruins’ last game before the break or the first game following the break. Rask acknowledged the suspension during his media availability, saying it will probably be after the break.

The 32-year-old Finn also said that the organization supported his decision. In 27 appearances this season, Rask holds a 17-4-6 record to go along with a 2.27 goals-against average (fifth-best in the league) and a .925 save percentage (fifth-highest).

The Bruins will take on the Flyers on the road on Monday night at 7:00 pm before visiting the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Jaroslav Halak will get the nod in goal on Monday, while Rask is expected to start in Tuesday’s contest, per head coach Bruce Cassidy.

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Bruins Place Torey Krug On IR, Recall Steven Kampfer

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced this morning that the team has placed defenseman Torey Krug on injured reserve and recalled d-man Steven Kampfer from the Providence Bruins, Boston’s AHL affiliate, on an emergency basis. Krug left the Bruins’ game against the Washington Capitals on Dec. 23 with an upper-body injury.

Krug’s injury is likely the result of a hit he took from Capitals forward Tom Wilson. Krug was stickhandling the puck before passing it off when he took a hard hit from Wilson that sent him crashing awkwardly into the boards. The blueliner was slow to get up and went down the tunnel to the Bruins’ dressing room following the hit.

Through 33 games this season, the 28-year-old leads all Bruins defenseman in scoring with five goals and 21 assists for 26 points. In 495 career NHL games, all with Boston, the 5-foot-9, 186-pound blueliner has recorded 63-251-314 numbers with 23 goals and 147 points coming on the power play.

Kampfer skated in four games with Boston, registering a plus-two rating and two penalty minutes, before clearing waivers and being sent down to Providence. In six games with the P-Bruins, the 5-foot-11, 198-pound defender has notched four assists.

Kampfer was supposed to serve a two-game suspension with Providence this weekend for interference. In 205 career NHL contests, the 31-year-old has 13-19-32 totals.

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Bruins Prospect Jakub Lauko Injured At World Juniors

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Boston Bruins prospect Jakub Lauko appeared to have injured his right leg during his first shift for the Czech Republic at the 2020 World Junior Championship. The forward was trying to control the puck as he skated through center-ice, before being taken down by a trailing Russian forechecker and colliding with another Russian defender.

Lauko went down holding his knee, was slow to get up and had to be helped off the ice. As he went to the locker room, he did not put any weight on his right leg; he has been ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

The 19-year-old had just returned to action after suffering a concussion with the Providence Bruins, Boston’s AHL affiliate. The concussion came as a result of a scary incident, in which Lauko had to be stretchered off the ice, in the P-Bruins’ contest against the Utica Comets on Dec. 7.

Lauko has suited up in 18 games for Providence this season, which is his first professional campaign. In that span, Lauko has four goals and four assists for eight points to go along with a plus-four rating and 20 penalty minutes.

Don Sweeney and the Bruins selected Lauko 77th-overall in the third round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, the 6-foot, 170-pound skater posted 21-20-41 numbers in 44 games as well as 6-7-13 totals in 19 playoff contests with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL in addition to a goal and an assist in five games with the Czech Republic at last year’s World Juniors.

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Bruins’ Pastrnak Named Atlantic Division Captain For 2020 NHL All-Star Game

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

On Saturday evening, the National Hockey League announced that Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been voted Atlantic Division captain for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (Central), Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan), and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (Pacific) have also been voted as the three other division captains.

The honor comes as Pastrnak’s second consecutive All-Star selection of his career, having earned a spot in 2019. The right-winger won the Accuracy Shooting challenge at last year’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

Through 36 games this season, Pastrnak leads the league in goals with 28 to go along with 22 assists, combining for 50 points, the sixth-highest total in the NHL. The the 22-year-old Czech’s 13 power play tallies also lead the league in that category. With 20 power play points, the 6-foot, 194 pound forward leads Boston on that front, while coming in at third behind Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl among the league leaders.

Pastrnak holds the second-highest point total on the Bruins, one behind Brad Marchand’s 51 points, and leads the team in goals, 10 scores clear of Marchand’s 18 tallies. With a plus-11 rating, Pastrnak ranks fifth among Bruins skaters and is tied for the 12th-best mark in the league.

Pastrnak is now in the midst of his sixth season in the NHL after Boston selected him 25th-overall in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Over the course of his career, he has notched 160 goals and 174 assists for 334 points in 356 games.

The 2020 NHL All-Star Game will be held on Saturday Jan. 25 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Friday Jan. 24.

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Bruins Prospects Beecher And Hall Survive Preliminary Cuts, Will Head To World Juniors With USA

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Wednesday morning, USA Hockey named the 26-player preliminary roster for the 2020 World Junior Championship, which will be held in the Czech Republic. Among the skaters named to the roster were Bruins prospects John Beecher and Curtis Hall.

Beecher was selected by the Bruins with the 30th-overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver last June. This season as a freshman at the University of Michigan (Big Ten), the Elmira, N.Y., native is the team-leader in points and goals with 5-4-9 totals through 16 games.

Beecher won a bronze medal with the United States at the 2019 Under-18 World Championship, posting three goals and an assist in seven games. During the 2018-19 campaign, the 18-year-old notched 15-28-43 numbers in 63 games with USA Hockey’s U-18 National Team Development Program.

Boston selected Hall 119th-overall in the fourth round of the 2018 Draft in Dallas. The 19-year-old is in the midst of his sophomore season with the Yale Bulldogs (ECAC), posting six goals and an assist for seven points in nine games. Last season as a freshman, the Chagrin Falls, Ohio, native recording 5-6-11 numbers through 24 games.

The WJC will mark just the third time Hall has skated with the U.S. on the national stage, highlighted by a second place finish at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge, where he registered a goal and an assist in five games. Hall also finished second in team scoring at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup with 3-1-4 in four games. In 113 games over four seasons with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL), Hall had 20-32-52 totals.

The tournament will be held from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5. Team USA will begin play on Thursday Dec. 26, squaring off against Canada at Ostravar Arena at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Steven Kampfer Clears Waivers, Will Join Providence Bruins

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

On Monday, Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer cleared waivers, meaning he will report to the Providence Bruins. Yesterday, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced that the team had placed Kampfer on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Providence.

In four games with Boston this season, Kampfer has yet to record a point, but has a plus-two rating, two penalty minutes, and four shots on goal. In 35 games last year, the 31-year-old posted three goals and three assists for six points to go along with a minus-six rating and 22 penalty minutes. Kampfer also scored one goal in three playoff contests during last year’s campaign.

Kampfer spent three games with Providence last season during a conditioning stint while coming back from injury. In that span, the veteran blueliner notched a goal and an assist as well as a plus-three rating.

Through 252 AHL contests on his career, the Ann Arbor, MI., native 28-82-110 numbers. The University of Michigan product totaled 60 points in 147 collegiate games.

Kampfer was selected 93rd-overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, and on March, 2, 2010, Boston acquired him for a conditional fourth-round pick. Kampfer signed his three-year entry-level contract with Boston and joined the P-Bruins for the remainder of the 2009-10 campaign. He appeared in 38 NHL contests as a rookie in the 2010-11 campaign, recording 5-5-10 totals. During the offseason, Kampfer and the Bruins agreed to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value worth $800,000.

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Patrice Bergeron To Return To Lineup When Bruins Face Senators

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Per Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, Patrice Bergeron will return to the lineup for Monday night’s contest against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Bergeron had previously missed the team’s last seven games with a lower-body injury.

Bergeron, who was already set to accompany the team on the four-game road trip that will begin Monday, was a full participant at Boston’s morning skate, shedding the red non-contact sweater that he had donned over the last few sessions. The 34-year-old had already missed two games with the same lower-body injury in November, and returned for two games before going down again due to the same issue, per Cassidy.

In 21 games this season, Bergeron has eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points to go along with a plus-10 rating. 10 of Bergeron’s 24 points have come on the power play this season, including three of his eight goals.

In his absence, David Krejci filled in as center on the top line. Without Bergeron, the Bruins were able to stay the course, maintaining the second-best record in the NHL (20-4-6) to go along with the best goal-differential in the league at plus-32. The Bruins lead the Atlantic Division with 46 total points, 11 points clear of the second place Florida Panthers.

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Bruins Sign Coyle, Wagner To Multi-Year Extensions

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced on Wednesday that the team has signed forwards Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner to multi-year contract extensions. Both were set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of their current deals, which expire on July 1, 2020.

Coyle’s deal is for six years and will carry an average annual value of $5.25 million, running through the 2025-26 season, while Wagner’s is a three-year deal worth $1.35 million per season through the 2022-23 campaign.

Coyle’s current contract, which he signed in late 2014, went into effect during the 2015-16 campaign, carrying an AAV of $3.2 million. A native of East Weymouth, Mass. Coyle was dealt to the Bruins from the Minnesota Wild before last year’s trade deadline, and was originally drafted 28th-overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

This season, the Boston University product has 5-9-14 numbers through 24 games, making for 98-164-262 in 524 games on his career. In 68 playoff games, the “Mayor of Weymouth” has 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points.

As for Wagner, the Walpole, Mass. native signed a two-year deal worth $1.25 million per year with Boston prior to last season, after spending time with the Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, and New York Islanders organizations. Wagner was drafted 122nd-overall by Anaheim in 2010.

The “Mayor of Walpole” has 30-23-53 numbers in 273 career games, including a goal and four assists through 23 games this season; he also leads the team in hits with 65. In 33 career playoff games, Wagner has five goals to his name. Last season, Wagner was voted as the recipient of NESN’s 7th Player Award, going above and beyond the expectations of fans as he posted a career-best 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points to go along with a team-high 247 hits.

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