Chiarelli: 'It's 5050 that Turco clears waivers'

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Chiarelli: 'It's 5050 that Turco clears waivers'

TORONTO Peter Chiarelli called the sudden change in the Bruins goaltending situation the imperfect storm with Tuukka Rask going down in Boston, and top AHL goaltender Anton Khudobin unavailable due to a wrist injury that will keep him out for roughly another two weeks at the earliest.

Rask is out 4-6 weeks with a strained groinstrained abdomen, and the Bs general manager said his recovery will skew toward the far end of the window rather than a simple month. So the Bruins will need somebody to step in as Thomas backup and Chiarelli hopes it will be 36-year-old Marty Turco under the circumstances.

Its kind of an imperfect storm, said Chiarelli with a smile. But every team has injuries and deals with them. Khudobin is a guy that weve worked hard to put into place over the last three years, but it is what it is.

Its important to give Thomas some rest and history shows that its important to spell him. But in his earlier years he played a ton of games in a row. In an ideal situation you want to rest him for the playoffs and thats what were trying to do.

But the Bs general manager also said it was 5050 that Turco clears through NHL waivers by noon tomorrow and is able to join Boston for a portion of their practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Chiarelli said he checked in with Turcos coach in the Austrian League, and that the veteran netminder is potentially coming to Boston in good game condition.

The plan is to have him play and spell Tim, said Chiarelli, who indicated there werent any other goalies available via waivers. Were fortunate to a certain degree that a goalie like this was available after the trade deadline, but there are other teams that need goaltending help as well.

Id say its 5050 that he clears waivers.

Both Chiarelli and Bruins President indicated that Khudobin, who should be back sooner rather than later, will be the Plan B solution should Turco ultimately get claimed by a team looking to put a crimp in Bostons regular season. But it appears clear that the Bruins dont feel comfortable handing things over to 21-year-old Michael Hutchinson unless its an emergency situation, and that makes sense given what an NHL beating or two could do to a promising young goaltenders confidence.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.