And so the Bruins’ roster for the trip to Europe is finally coming into focus.
Today the club assigned Zach Hamill, Steve Kampfer and Joe Colborne to Providence (AHL), which cuts the number of healthy bodies left to 25. That’s just about where head coach Claude Julien said he wanted to be before tonight’s flight to Belfast.
The team now has two extra defensemen, two extra forwards and a third goaltender. It would appear that with the remaining players, Tyler Seguin will be the third center, and Matt Bartkowski and Matt Hunwick are still in a battle to be the sixth defenseman, with Adam McQuaid probably relegated to seventh status.
Tonight’s home game with Washington will be the last chance for the players to make a pitch for playing time against NHL competition before the regular season starts.
Here is the roster Boston is scheduled to dress against the Capitals:
FORWARDS: Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brian McGrattan, Daniel Paille, Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder, Tyler Seguin, Blake Wheeler
DEFENSEMEN: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Matt Hunwick, Dennis Seidenberg
GOALTENDERS: Nolan Schaefer, Tim Thomas
Thomas will start in net. The healthy scratches are Shawn Thornton, Brad Marchand, Mark Stuart, Tuukka Rask and McQuaid.