Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bruins recall Rask, injury update

Before today's game against the Capitals the Bruins recalled goalie Tuukka Rask from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an emergency basis. A very big win for the Bruins against the Capitals who have had the upper hand in previous games this season vs the Bruins. It was good to see Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference, and Milan Lucic all back in the lineup for the Bruins. Here are some updates on other injured/out of the lineup Bruins:

Yesterday, Coach Julien gave updates on three of his injured players.

"[Manny Fernandez] is probably going to miss a few days here again," he said. "It's just...general soreness.

"It's really not that serious, but it's one of those things where we [could] give him a few days.

And Phil Kessel?

"When you've got mono [you] can't take any contact," said Julien. "So, that's why he stepped on the ice afterwards.

"Even if he wasn't participating in battle drills, if he collided with somebody that's a danger so that's why we put him on the ice later.

"His condition could change any day. If he gets tested and his spleen is fine then he's free to go. He's feeling good, obviously feeling much better, he seems to have a lots of energy, now it's just a matter of waiting for the medical clearance," he said.

Marco Sturm is out of commission, however.

"With the type of surgery he's had, he’s done for the year," said Julien, who indicated that Sturm's surgery went well. "It's normally almost an eight-month process, I think, and I know there's other guys six months later they're back."


The next Bruins game is on Thursday vs the New Jersey Devils.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bruins news & Bruins All-Stars

On Thursday, the Bruins sent forwards Vladimir Sobotka and Martin St. Pierre, and defenseman Matt Lashoff to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

All-Star weekend news:

The Boston Bruins return to action after the NHL All-Star Break on Tuesday, January 27th when they host the Washington Capitals at 7:00 p.m. ET. Five Bruins will participate in this weekend's NHL All-Star festivities, with Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard and Tim Thomas suiting up for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, head coach Claude Julien coaching the Eastern Conference All-Stars and rookie Blake Wheeler participating in the 2009 YoungStars game. Milan Lucic was selected to play in the YoungStars game but he will be unable to participate due to injury. The All-Star festivities will be televised nationally in the U.S. on VERSUS on Saturday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET (SuperSkills Competition) and Sunday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m. ET (All-Star Game).


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sturm update and roster moves

On Tuesday it was announced that Bruins forward Marco Sturm underwent successful surgery to repair his meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, which will force Sturm to miss the rest of the 2008-2009 NHL season.

Other roster moves that were made was: the Bruins recalled defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an emergency basis. They also assigned goalie Tuukka Rask to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Today the Bruins recalled forward Vladimir Sobotka from the Providence Bruins (AHL) and assigned forward Martins Karsums to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Monday, January 12, 2009

Bruins make more roster moves

The Bruins made some more roster moves later today. They sent defenseman Matt Lashoff and goalie Kevin Regan to the Providence Bruins (AHL). Then the Bruins recalled goalie Tuukka Rask and forward Martin St. Pierre from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an emergency basis. The Bruins also placed forward Phil Kessel on injured reserve (mononucleosis). Both Rask and St. Pierre should dress for tomorrow's game vs the Montreal Canadiens.

Rask sent down, Regan called up

After the game on Saturday, the Bruins sent goalie Tuukka Rask back down to the Providence Bruins (AHL). Today the Bruins have recalled goalie Kevin Regan from the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Regan, a South Boston native, has appeared in 14 games this season for Providence and posted a 6-4-1 record with a 3.33 Goals Against Average and .875 save percentage.


The Bruins next game is tomorrow vs the Montreal Canadiens. I don't think we'll see the "circus" that we saw the last game between these two teams when Georges Laraque kept following Milan Lucic around the ice trying to get Lucic to drop the gloves, as Laraque has a continuous groin injury, and Lucic has missed the past two games.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Bruins recall Bitz and Karsums

Instead of recalling Vladimir Sobotka and Martin St. Pierre, today the Bruins have recalled forwards Byron Bitz and Martins Karsums from the Providence Bruins (AHL). They should be playing in today's game vs the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bitz has registered three goals and seven assists in 37 games for Providence this year. The 24-year-old scored 13 goals and made 14 assists in 61 games with the Providence Bruins last year. Before joining the P-Bruins in 2007, Bitz played four seasons at Cornell University with 28-60-88 totals and 155 penalty minutes in 124 career games.

Karsums is currently the leading scorer for Providence with 16 goals and 23 assists in 38 games, and ranks 8th in points overall in the AHL. Recently named an AHL All-Star, he will play for the Planet USA team in the AHL All-Star Classic on January 26.


Update @ 12:30pm
The Bruins have recalled goalie Tuukka Rask from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on an emergency basis.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bergeron vows to return this season

Bruins Patrice Bergeron who suffered his second concussion in the last fourteen months, said today that he is symptom free and vowed to play again this season. Some quotes from Bergeron:

"I'm very confident I will play this year," Bergeron said in the Bruins locker room as his teammates practiced at the TD Banknorth Garden. "It's a matter of when."

"For me, right now it's really taking it day by day and see what happens," he said.

"It's frustrating," he added. "I worked my way back from last year. I was starting to feel a lot better on the ice and now that hit happened, but I'm trying to stay positive."


I do hope that Bergeron takes all the time and even more to make sure he is definitely ok to come back. I wouldn't want to see him to come back too soon or hear that he experiences any of those symptoms.

The same article also states that Bruins forward Marco Sturm will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus.

Sobotka and St. Pierre sent down

Today the Bruins sent forwards Vladimir Sobotka and Martin St. Pierre down to the Providence Bruins (AHL). The Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday and I would expect both players to be recalled for that game.

In other Bruins news, Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, and Tim Thomas have been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star roster for the 2009 NHL All-Star game. This will be Chara's fourth All-Star appearance, Savard's second All-Star appearance, and Thomas's second All-Star appearance as well. Congrats to all three.