Many like to call the time around the trade deadline the “silly season.”
When it comes to coach’s comments, one could also apply that title to the playoffs.
Every spring coaches find new ways to respond to questions they don’t want to answer. A couple famous ones have been “game-time decision” and “undisclosed” injury. In response to questions about a replacement for suspended defenseman Andrew Ference Saturday, Bruins coach Claude Julien’s new approach was to bring up the possibility Matt Bartkowski could get a chance to play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Toronto instead of Dougie Hamilton.
Bartkowski has not been recalled from Providence by Boston, and was last seen on the bus to Hershey for a AHL playoff game being play Saturday night.
The Bruins lead the series, 1-0, but now have to live without Ference for a night. If Hamilton plays, and there’s little reason to believe he won’t, his teammates have faith that he’ll be able to handle his first NHL playoff action.
Up front, Rich Peverely skated with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr for a second straight day. So it appears Peverley will replace Kaspars Daugavins on that line. Peverley can provide a right-handed shot and faceoff man for that trio, as the Bruins try to get that line to join in the productive being provided by their other three lines.