Morning Skate: Wednesday, January 4


Morning Skate: Wednesday, January 4

Elliotte Friedman has some interesting thoughts on where the next three NHL franchises will land, and how the league could maximize the bang for their buck by relocating from Phoenix to Seattle in the near future. Then the CBC rink side reporter also has his 30 thoughts for the bonus round.

Marc Spector hits it on the head when he talks about the NHL extinction of players like Raffi Torres, and how they must adapt away from the head shots or find some other place to play hockey.

The Toronto Sun has Joffrey Lupul on a mission this season, and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been the appreciative beneficiaries.

Steve Lepore gives five reasons why the Winter Classic will bounce back next season from ratings that were slightly down from last season, but much of that had to do with last years game slotted in prime time.

Thank goodness Kevin Bieksa has forgiven Don Cherry for butchering his name during the Coachs Corner segment. Im not sure I could have sleep soundly tonight if he hadnt.

For something completely different: Boston Magazine has an interesting story from a former Red Sox PR flack shedding some light on the inner workings of the Sox front office during their golden age from 2001-2007.

Rask out tonight vs. Canadiens, Bruins call up McIntyre from Providence


Rask out tonight vs. Canadiens, Bruins call up McIntyre from Providence

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It would appear to be something a little more serious than “general soreness” with Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins No. 1 goaltender was missing from the ice at Warrior Ice Arena for Saturday’s morning skate and Claude Julien said he won't play tonight vs. the Montreal Canadiens.

Instead, the B’s have recalled Zane McIntyre from Providence on an emergency basis and to serve as Anton Khudobin’s backup. Rask has clearly been battling a lower body injury since the opening night win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last week and it cropped up again in the Thursday night win over the New Jersey Devils.

The same injury also forced the B’s to play Khudobin instead of Rask in their only loss of the season, a 4-1 defeat to the Maple Leafs in Toronto one week ago.

Rask admitted he was playing through a little “something-something” after the Jersey win and Julien would only say that his goalie has “general soreness” and is considered day-to-day after missing team practice on Friday.  Julien reiterated the day-to-day status Saturday.

“He’s doing better, but we’re going to shut him off for a bit,” said Julien, who said he wasn’t concerned about the long-term health of his franchise goaltender. “We’ll give him another day’s rest at least, but we’ll still go day-by-day.”

 It’s a severe case of bad timing for both Rask and the B’s as the Finnish netminder is off to a roaring start this season (3-0-0 with a .947 save percentage and a 1.67 goals-against average) after his worst season last year for the Black and Gold.

The 24-year-old McIntyre has appeared in three games for Providence, going 1-0-0 and leading the AHL in goals-against average (0.44) and save percentage (.977) in a solid start after a rough rookie pro season last year.

Boston’s sixth round pick in the 2010, McIntyre, played his first professional season with Providence in 2015-16, going14-8-7 with a 2.68 GAA and .898 save percentage in 31 games.

Malcolm Subban might have been the call-up under different circumstances, but has been pulled by the P-Bruins twice in the span of a week including a Friday night loss where he allowed three goals in the first period in an eventual 4-1 loss.