Zach Hamill showed flashes of his first round potential early in his most recent stint with the Bruins, but it obviously didnt last as the Bs placed the forward on re-entry waivers Monday.
A source confirmed to CSNNE.com that Hamill was placed on waivers at noon on Monday after it was first reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie. Hamill can be claimed by any team before noon tomorrow, and the claiming team would assume the rest of Hamills 1,316,667 annual cap hit.
The aim is to send the 23-year-old Hamill back to the Providence Bruins in the AHL, but hell have to pass by the other 29 NHL teams after playing more than 10 games andor 30 days with the Bs during his longest stint in Boston.
There is some question as to whether the former 2007 top-10 first round pick will get through waivers given his relative young age and affordable price tag, but his time in Boston had run its course. Hamill was originally called up to the Bruins when Rich Peverley was fighting injuries, and had points in two of his first three games in Boston this season.
But Hamill had gone 13 games without a point through the two months of January and February, and appeared to have a difficult time gathering the NHL strength to survive in the NHL. Perhaps the perfect example of this occurred in last weekends loss to the Penguins when Hamill was in the exact perfect spot to pounce on a rebound in the third period of a one-goal game.
But Hamill was buried by Tyler Kennedy right in front of the Pittsburgh net before he could even squeeze a shot off against Marc-Andre Fleury. Some might have screamed out interference or for some other soft-hearted penalty on the play.
But its more than likely the Bruins evaluators saw that as a hockey player unable to stand in and make a play when things got nasty in front of the net. Thats unacceptable on a team that plays physical, in-your-face hockey in the style embraced by the Bruins, and its something the 5-foot-11, 173-pound Hamill needs to improve at if he hopes to win a full-time NHL gig. The newly recalled Jordan Caron will take over as the spare forward for the Bruins moving forward.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo.
*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other.
*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week.
*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda.
*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out.
*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL.
*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.
BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara said he is “feeling better” after going through a full practice with the Bruins, but the captain won’t be making the one game road trip to Buffalo for Saturday afternoon’s matinee game vs. the Sabres.
Chara was going through line rushes and battle drills with the rest of his teammates while practicing for the second day in a row, but made it clear that his lower body injury hasn’t been cleared for game action yet.
“It’s day-to-day. It feels better…yeah. But it’s still day-to-day,” said a rather laconic Chara when it came to questions about his injury. “It would feel much better [to play] than it feels [not playing].”
Claude Julien said his 39-year-old defenseman has moved into true “day-to-day” status as he nears a return after missing what will be his sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, but that he isn’t quite ready to go just yet.
“[Chara] and [Noel] Acciari won’t be on the trip,” said Julien. “I think [Chara] is getting pretty close. When you see him at practice things are going pretty well for him. I think that the term day-to-day is fitting for him right now. A lot of times when we say day-to-day we don’t know whether it’s going to be two days, three days or even a week. But in his case I would say that day-to-day is really day-to-day now with him.”
One thing the Bruins can be heartened by is that they’ve managed to survive without Chara: the B’s have gone 2-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the five games since their No. 1 defenseman went down. They have been able to continue collecting points in sometimes ugly, workmanlike fashion.
That gives the Bruins the luxury of not rushing their D-man along before he’s ready and gives some of their other defensemen added confidence that they can effectively do the job with or without their 6-foot-9 stopper.