Boston Bruins Place Forward David Backes on Waivers

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

As per numerous reports on social media, including from The Athletic’s Joe McDonald (@JoeyMacHockey on Twitter) and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC on Twitter), the Boston Bruins have placed forward David Backes for assignment to the Providence Bruins.

David Backes, 35, has played in 16 games this season for the Bruins, scoring one goal and two assists for three points and a -2 rating. Backes has not played a game since Boston’s 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets on January 9th where he skated for eleven shifts totalling 8:35 of ice-time. He has not scored a point since December 5th against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Boston signed the Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA native to a five-year, $30,000,000 contract ($6 million AAV) on the opening day of free agency back in the 2016 off-season. Prior to the signing, Backes had been the captain of the St. Louis Blues, totalling 727 career regular-season games with the Blues, scoring 206-254-460 numbers in that span. It was a tough move for him to make, but he felt he had a better shot to hoist the Stanley Cup if he signs with the Bruins.

Since the signing, Backes has not turned out to be what Boston expected. In 217 regular-season games for the Black and Gold, Backes scored 29-55-94 numbers along with 12 points in 39 playoff games dating back to the 2016-17 campaign. Backes scored two goals and three assists during Boston’s 2019 Stanley Cup Finals run as well.

The move to send Backes down is an interesting one, considering the move to put Brett Ritchie on waivers earlier in the week (he cleared). With players such as Karson Kuhlman and even Anton Blidh pushing for more consistent spots on the roster, older veterans like Backes simply don’t have the space on the team anymore. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy re-iterated that in a much simpler way.

The likelihood of Backes getting claimed by one of the other 31 NHL franchises is slim, but there is a benefit to him going to the Providence Bruins as well. As Bruins Network (@BruinsNetwork on Twitter) stated, if the 35-year-old clears waivers, the Bruins will free up $1 million in salary. With the trade deadline looming around the corner, every dollar counts and Backes’ $6 million cap hit right now is a lot to continue paying if he continues to be in the press box.

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Bruins Place Forward Brett Ritchie on Waivers

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

According to insider Elliotte Friedman, the Boston Bruins have placed forward Brett Ritchie on waivers with purpose of assignment to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. This comes one day after Ritchie played 10:27 over 14 shifts in Boston’s 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road.

Last offseason, the Boston Bruins signed Ritchie to a one-year contract that will pay him $1 million for the 2019-2020 campaign. Prior to signing with the Bruins, the 26-year-old forward played 241 career regular-season games with the Dallas Stars. Highlighted by his 2016-17 season where he put up 16-8-24 numbers in 78 games played, Ritchie finished his five-year tenure in Dallas with 33-21-54 totals.

The Orangeville, Ontario, Canada native scored four goals and two assists for six points in 53 games during the 2018-19 season, but when his contract expired, the Stars opted to let him walk, allowing the Bruins to sign him in free agency. Boston did not have the available cap space to sign some of the more well-known free agents, so the organization settled on depth players with Ritchie being one of those players.

Ritchie scored the first goal of the 2019-2020 season for the Boston Bruins, half of his entire goal output in 27 games skated for the Black and Gold. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy has tried Ritchie all over the place, seeing minutes with Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci on the second-line, to minutes on the third and fourth lines as well. Unfortunately for him and the Bruins organization, he has not been able to find his game offensively whatsoever.

Now, if Ritchie does indeed clear waivers, he will report to the AHL’s Providence Bruins, who are third in the Atlantic Division with a 22-15-1 record through the first 40 games of the season. In the case that Ritchie joins Providence, his $1 million salary will still be on the bill for the Boston Bruins, where as if he is claimed, he is off the books and no longer apart of the B’s at all.

The big question with this transaction is what it means for a possible future transaction. With the injury of goaltender Tuukka Rask last night in Columbus and the recent losses on their record, changes were expected and predicted – this just brings up that question about what exactly this new change will be. Within the next 24 hours, we will know the next stages of Brett Ritchie’s future with the Boston Bruins.

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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 Forward David Krejci Injured, Will Not Travel To New Jersey

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By: Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

In a post-practice press conference on Monday, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy stated that forward David Krejci will not travel with the team to New Jersey on Tuesday.

Krejci is dealing with a lower-body injury, presumably sustained during last night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Krejci finished the game and logged 14:17 of ice time. He was credited with the primary assist on Jake DeBrusk’s game-winning goal just under three minutes into the third period.

Krejci has skated in 34 games for the Bruins so far this season, recording 8 goals and 20 assists and a plus-16 rating. He has centered the second line for most of the year, but has also played first-line center in Patrice Bergeron’s absence. The loss of Krejci is a significant one for the Bruins, both on and off of the ice, as he provides leadership and experience as one of the longest-tenured Bruins and an alternate captain.

The Bruins have not yet given details on Krejci’s injury. Bruce Cassidy stated on Monday that it is possible that Krejci will be playing on Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but did not give any guarantees. According to The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa, Par Lindholm is expected to fill in for Krejci as the second-line center.

The Bruins will face the Devils in New Jersey on Tuesday at 1:00 pm. This will be the third and final time this season that these two teams play each other. Boston will be seeking to sweep the season series, having defeated New Jersey 3-0 on October 12th and 5-1 on November 19th.

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It’s The Holiday Season… And The Bruins Aren’t Merry & Bright!

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By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @00EvanMichael

Whether it’s The Twelve Days of Christmas ORR The Eight Crazy Nights of Hanukkah ORR even the Festivus Feats of Strength…the Boston Bruins aren’t giving us a lot to be merry and bright about this holiday season–on the ice that is (unless of course we’re Airing Our Grievances ala Tuukka Rask).

There’s no discounting the team’s steadfast community support around the giving season, as this Black N’ Gold blogger has documented time and time again.

But, having only one regulation win over the past nine-game time-span — the majority of which has been played at home surrounded by festive fans yearning for yuletide celebrations — well, that constitutes a Grinch-like showing at the very least for Boston.

And “the very least” is exactly what we’ve been gifted since the beginning of December, as the Bruins have been woefully short on every aspect of winning hockey that the team so strongly adhered to in October and November.

Specifically, the inability to protect or extend leads; no clutch goal-scoring; no timely goaltending; and dumbfounded coaching decisions at the end of games and into OT (nevermind the embarrassment that’s called the shootout where the B’s are winless going on almost a year now).

Yet, somehow, someway, the Bruins still have a nine point lead over Toronto in the Atlantic Division. I guess OT losses are better than getting blown out, right? Well, that’s the type of thinking akin to the kid who didn’t get what he wanted under the tree or by the Menorah but was happy that he or she at least got something.

Basically, B’s fans have become the “Ralphie” of holiday hockey supporters — grateful for what they’ve got, but not truly satisfied because what they really want may be slipping through their fingertips (and could shoot their eye out).

Then again, we’ll take ANY shot the B’s want to give us since it’s something they don’t do enough of these days, especially in MUST SCORE situations:

It’s a message that should be emboldened on any and every gift a B’s player receives between now and the New Year — even if it’s “coal” as Brad Marchand hopes to get Torey Krug. What do us Bruins fans hope to get from our favorite team and players?

A WINNING STREAK. Starting Christmas Eve Eve / Hanukkah Night Two / or my favorite holiday of all time: Happy Festivus… for the Rest of Us!

Now, where’s Tuukka Rask hiding the pole?

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Boston Bruins Injury Update

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By: Lucas Pearson  |  Follow Me On Twitter @LucasPearson_

It’s been a rough holiday season for the Bruins. After a hot end of November and two straight wins to begin December, the Bs have entered a 1-8 stretch and have not looked like the Bruins that we know. So what better to cheer up the black and gold fans with some injury news.

The first bit of news is far from great. Per Bruce Cassidy, Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara will be out against the Washington Capitals on Monday. The same jaw he injured during the Stanley Cup Finals last season needs some more work done. The area where he had surgery on has gotten infected, so the plates and screws need to be taken out. This is some certainly troubling news, especially when considering the Bruins’ recent success against the Capitals. Over the past six years, Boston has gone 1-16-0 against the team from the nations’ capital.

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It’s going to be a tough loss for this struggling Bruins club. Despite being the ripe old age of 42, the big man is enjoying yet another good season for the Bs. In 37 games he’s played this season, Chara has five goals and 13 points while continuing to be a rock the Bruins need on D.

Luckily, there is a bit of good news among this nightmare of a month. Youngster Karson Kuhlman seems to be nearing his return to a Bs team that could use a much-needed spark to their lineup. Kuhlman was originally injured during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 19th. He suffered a “hairline non-displaced fracture of his right tibia” after taking a shot off his foot according to Don Sweeney.

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Before his injury, Kuhlman hadn’t registered a point in eight games but that wasn’t from a lack of trying. The 24-year-old speed was evident every shift he was on the ice and was able to pull something out of nothing because of his legs. Last season he proved he had the talent to be an everyday NHLer. He notched three goals and two assists in his short stint in the big leagues and added another three points in the playoffs. With the Bruins searching for a fix at the right-wing slot, Kuhlman may prove to be a much-needed addition.

As for Kevan Miller, it was reported earlier this week that he had yet another procedure on his knee. That procedure will extend Miller’s absence for even longer and there remains no real timetable for his return. The veteran defenseman has yet to lace his skates up this year and was limited to just 39 games last season.

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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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Boston’s Unknown Talent: Par Lindholm

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By: Michael DiGiorgio  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BostonDiGiorgio

July 1, 2019, marked the first day of NHL free agency. NHL fans across the nation have hopes and dreams of their team signing the most attractive named talents. Unfortunately, the NHL salary cap limits numerous teams in who they can sign. Most General Managers will sign for needs rather than wants. The Bruins’ General Manager (Don Sweeney) had $12 million in cap space when free agency began, with three restricted free agents awaiting new deals: Charlie McAvoy, Danton Heinen, and Brandon Carlo.

Most fans and analysts were convinced Sweeney would have to trade a current roster player in order to sign all three. Thankfully, he was able to sign all three to team-friendly deals and had a few extra million dollars leftover. Noel Acciari had been a staple on Boston’s fourth line but received a hefty raise from the Florida Panthers in the off-season. The Bruins found themselves with a need for trustworthy bottom-six talent. With the leftover cap room, Sweeney signed a few inexpensive role players: Brett Ritchie and Par Lindholm.

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Par Lindholm entered the league as an undrafted free agent, signing his first NHL deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018. The 26-year-old Swedish forward played in the Swedish Elite League from 2014 through 2017, racking up 148 points and a plus 42 rating in 193 games. He has the ability to play both left-wing and center, which is a coveted trait amongst NHL players. He featured in 61 games with the Leafs, before being traded to Winnipeg at the deadline for Nicolas Petan. Lindholm only played 4 games with the Jets and became a free agent in 2019.

The contract with Boston is a low-risk, high-reward situation. They aren’t investing much into Lindholm, but if he can help in small areas it will pay dividends for the team down the road. Elliotte Friedman (Canadian Sportsnet journalist) writes a weekly article called “31 Thoughts” explaining league news and his reaction to all NHL stories. In his latest article, he gave Lindholm an unexpected but warranted praise: “There is one player in the NHL with more than 100 minutes of ice-time who has not been scored against. It is Boston’ Par Lindholm. Jinx!” Unfortunately, this accolade was broken when the Capitals defeated the Bruins on November 16, but it highlights and recognizes his contributions that go unnoticed. It’s great to watch highlight-reel goals and tic-tac-toe passing, but the ability to resist the offense from scoring is equally as important and endearing.

This type of play is no surprise to Sweeney since he had done his homework on Par before signing him. “We only had one left-shot centerman, (Lindholm is) very good on faceoffs, also kills penalties, certainly in his previous years in Sweden he had 18 goals,” I don’t believe he’ll score just one.” Seventeen games into the season, Lindholm has scored that one goal and fittingly enough, it came against his former team.

Thankfully, he wasn’t signed for his offensive game; but instead for stats that never seem to gain the recognition it deserves. His NHL career has just begun but he has yet to post a total season’s negative stat in the plus/minus column. He’s logging an average of 11:08 of ice team a year, which is normal for a bottom-six forward. If he can give the Bruins 11 shutout minutes a night, this can catapult his teammates in situations that allow them to win the game.

Face-offs are also incredibly important to a team’s success. If a team cannot win the necessary face-offs, it could be the difference between a win or a loss. An example of a key situation is when a team (say the Capitals for argument sake) trail the Bruins and pull the goalie for an extra attacker. The strategy in these situations for a head coach starts with the grouping he wants to deploy. Normally, a coach will deploy a group that tends to kill penalties because the Capitals extra attacker is a man-advantage situation. The head coach also ensures his lineup consists of more than one center-man in case his number one center is thrown out of the face-off dot for a violation.

Patrice Bergeron is, unfortunately, a repeat offender of these violations (deservedly so or not), so Head Coach Bruce Cassidy will want a player like David Krejci or Par Lindholm on the ice for his replacement for the key defensive zone draw. If Bergeron, Krejci, or Lindholm cannot win the defensive zone face-off, the Capitals could get a quality scoring opportunity. Successful teams do the little things right and these successful plays often come from under-the-radar players. Lindholm is a career 49.3% face-off winner, which is a necessary and trait for a bottom-six forward especially on special teams. The best players generally have a face-off percentage of 52% for the year.

Lindholm will certainly not be winning any awards in the near future or be featured on the NHL Network’s Top 5 Goals of the Week. But, he will be doing all of the little things that don’t show up on the score sheet. He was able to work third line duties while the Bruins recover from the injury bug, so there’s an opportunity for him to build on other areas in his game. He has returned to fourth-line duties. Regardless of the line, he plays on, Lindholm has won face-offs, denied scoring opportunities, and kills penalties; which is exactly the reason Sweeney called him on July 1.

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Bruce Cassidy Provides Update on Injured Bruins

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By: Yanni Latzanakis  |  Follow Me On Twitter @yanlatz

The Bruins have hardly been completely healthy in what seems like a very long time. That trend will continue on Sunday night in Boston when the Bruins host the Canadiens for their third matchup with their all-time rivals this Month and their first at TD Garden this year. The Bruins will be without one of their most valuable players again with Patrice Bergeron set to miss his fourth straight game this week.

After the Bruins took the ice for practice on Saturday at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Bruce Cassidy gave updates on the banged up Bruins. Patrice Bergeron was not on the ice again and it was announced that he will not play tomorrow night against Montreal with his lingering lower-body injury. Bergeron has missed his last four games and six out of the last eight games for the Black ‘N Gold.

Earlier this season, Cassidy has stated that he would rather keep Bergeron out until he is 100% healthy rather than rush him back into the lineup and risk further injury. There is no reason for Bergeron to come back unless he is more than healthy enough to return. The Bruins are continuing to roll this season and have won six in a row and have points in 10 straight games including an 8-1 thumping of the Canadiens last Tuesday night.

The Bruins continued their dominance on Black Friday during the Thanksgiving Showdown game when they hosted Henrik Lundqvuist and the New York Rangers for the traditional matinee Thanksgiving game. The Bruins fell behind by 2 but were able to comeback and win the game in overtime to continue their dominance at home. The Bruins still have yet to lose a regulation game at home and have a 10-0-4 record on Causeway Street.

Brad Marchand was also not on the ice as he was playing through flu-like symptoms yesterday but was able to finish the game. As a result he was held out of practice on Saturday and the team will assess how he feels tomorrow. Brad Marchand was also hit up high from an elbow by Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba in the second period. The NHL’s concussion spotter did not pull Brad Marchand from the game until early in the third period which did not make Brad Marchand very happy after the game:

“The guy’s up there eating pizza’s and cheeseburger’s and can’t watch the game. Maybe next time he’ll pull his head out of his butt and watch the game.”

Marchand later apologized in a tweet for his comments stating that his emotions got the best of him and that he did not want to miss a shift when the Bruins were down in the hockey game.

Brett Ritchie was also not skating at practice but Bruce Cassidy did shed some light on some positive news stating that David Backes and John Moore are very close to returning to the lineup.

The Bruins continue to be banged up in the forward group and the defense core but are continuing their dominance over the NHL and have soared to the top of the NHL’s overall standings.

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