First things first, Bruins defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith signed one-year deals last week because they had no other choice.
There’s no telling what the actual roster will look like by the time the Bruins take the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams.
But one thing we know for sure is center David Krejci won’t be facing his longtime nemesis in black and orange.
With just paper maneuvers left to make prior to and after the 5 p.m. deadline for setting the Bruins’ opening night roster Tuesday, general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed that at the very least that forwards Matt Fraser, Bobby Robins and Ryan Spooner would be part of the group that starts the season against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bruins center David Krejci did not practice Tuesday and his availability for the season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday is up in the air.
NHL players had to be waived by noon Monday in order to be eligible for removal from the roster prior to the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to cut opening night rosters to 23 men.
Defenseman David Warsofsky will be heading to Providence of the American Hockey League, and forwards Jordan Caron and Craig Cunningham will be sticking around Boston a little longer.
All three players cleared waivers at noon Sunday.
After explaining the trade of Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders on Saturday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli explained what the options are for prospect David Pastrnak.
The Bruins’ 2014 first-round pick was limited to two preseason games because of a shoulder injury suffered on the first day of training camp.
Bruins forward Simon Gagne is still without a contract even now that training camp is officially over.
However, Gagne is sticking with the Bruins at least a little longer before they have to set their roster for opening night by Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Although the Bruins officially announced their trade of Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders for draft picks during the early afternoon Saturday, many of his former teammates didn’t get the news until they were at the rink for their preseason finale against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden on Saturday night.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said Saturday after the morning skate that the plan is for forward Ryan Spooner to be recalled from Providence (AHL) and probably play wing in the last preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden.
First-round pick David Pastrnak will also be in the lineup.
Forward Simon Gagne wasn’t promised anything more than a chance when he decided the Bruins would be the right team for him to attempt a comeback after sitting out the 2013-14 season.
The Bruins have given Gagne a long look, as he’s played in four of their five preseason games.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron didn’t practice Thursday at TD Garden.
Coach Claude Julien said Bergeron had the day off and there was “nothing major to report there.”
The Bruins assigned centers Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev, and winger Justin Florek to the Providence (AHL) farm club on Wednesday.
Goaltender Jeremy Smith was also assigned pending him clearing waivers.
In his brief time being around former Bruins energy forward Shawn Thornton, Bobby Robins took some important lessons to heart.
“A lesson from him is that first and foremost, guys like us, we have to be out there playing hockey and playing really good hockey because this is the best league in the world and you can’t be a liability out there,” Robins said. “And that one-dimensional fighter is pretty much out of the game now. Now it’s just more geared toward the hard-nosed forechecking winger who isn’t afraid to mix it up when the time comes.
Bruins coach Claude Julien on Monday was asked about a couple rules changes that were put in this year that will most affect his team.
First he was asked about diving and the new rules where potential diving plays can be reviewed and result in fines for players, and eventually, coaches. Obviously this becomes a bigger issue when you play in the same division as the Montreal Canadiens.