Bergeron injured in Game 4 victory

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Bergeron injured in Game 4 victory

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Patrice Bergeron wasnt on the ice celebrating with his teammates after clinching a sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers and their first Eastern Conference Finals berth in nearly two decades. The 25-year-old center was instead trying to shake the cobwebs out after a third period hit to the head by Claude Giroux in his own end that knocked Bergeron off his skates, and immediately caused the Bs pivot to skate off the ice toward the dressing room. Bergeron never returned to the game after 13:26 of ice time and a minus-1 on the evening, and was replaced by Chris Kelly in the middle of a Brad MarchandMark Recchi line thats been arguably the best in the NHL during the playoffs.It appeared that Giroux hit Bergeron at least a couple of skating strides after the Bs center had already released a pass from his stick, and there were clearly some in the Boston dressing room that felt the hit was certainly late if not too high. Thought Giroux isnt known as a dirty player there werent many people coming to the hitters defense as a squeaky clean hit. Claude Julien had no update after the game on Bergerons condition, and the B's center was never made available to the media after his team had just clinched the Eastern Conference Finals -- a clear indicator of an injury to Bergeron stemming from the hit to the head.I dont know. I have no update for you guys right now, said Claude Julien when asked following the Game Four win. Basically, I cant give you anything more than that.Bergeron was spotted walking out of TD Garden escorted by several people that were likely going to help the center get home, but it was certainly good news that he was able to exit the building under his own power. Given Bergerons history with concussions over the last four years with the last one striking him during the middle of the 2008-09 regular season there is clear concern about Bostons best all-around player in these Stanley Cup playoffs.Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will be meeting with the media on Saturday morning, and there is likely to be an update on Bergerons condition at that point after a night of rest and recovery.

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Bruins recall McIntyre on emergency basis, but perhaps not for Rask

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Bruins recall McIntyre on emergency basis, but perhaps not for Rask

UPDATE: The Boston Herald reports McIntyre is with the team as a replacement for Anton Khudobin, who is said to be suffering from a minor injury, and not Tuukka Rask, and that Rask will start as scheduled against Nashville.

BOSTON -- Even though he's been proclaiming himself healthy and able for the last two days, Tuukka Rask may not be as ready to go as everybody thought.

The Bruins announced a couple of hours prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Nashville Predators that rookie goalie Zane McIntyre had been recalled on an emergency basis. He spent the weekend with the team in the same capacity, filling in for Rask while Rask battled a lower body injury.

So the logical assumption is that something has recurred that will prevent Rask -- who on Tuesday night told interim coach Bruce Cassidy he was ready -- from playing tonight.

Rask is 8-8 with a 2.91 goals against average and an .892 save percentage since the NHL All-Star break, and gave up five goals in a loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night. He missed Saturday's big game vs. the Islanders with a lower body issue that just “popped up.”

We’ll find out for sure during pregame warm-ups, but the only way an emergency recall can be made is if a player is injured or suffering from an illness. Anton Khudobin looked fit as a fiddle while practicing with the Bruins on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, so stay tuned for the latest.

Some clarification on why Bruins may opt for ATO with Charlie McAvoy rather than playing him in the NHL

Some clarification on why Bruins may opt for ATO with Charlie McAvoy rather than playing him in the NHL

The second BU’s season ended, Bruins fans were champing (it’s champing, not chomping; look it up) to get sophomore defenseman Charlie McAvoy to the NHL. 

So when word emerged from Bob McKenzie that it’s looking like McAvoy will join Providence on an amateur tryout, eyes rolled. Why not sign McAvoy to his three-year entry level contract, have him stay in Boston and get some NHL experience. After all, we hear over and over that as long as you don’t play 10 NHL games, a year doesn’t get burned. 

The answer is because that 10-game thing doesn’t apply to everyone. It applies when talking about teenagers who are coming from the CHL, which is when the issue most commonly pops up, a la Tyler Seguin in 2010-11. 

Yet much like it didn’t apply to Torey Krug when he signed with the Bruins in 2012, it doesn’t apply to McAvoy now. The reason some kids can play nine games and then go away without a year being burned is because their contract slides. Players who are 18 or 19 years old as of Sept. 15 of their signing year see their deal moved back a year as long as they don’t play 10 NHL games, including the playoffs. 

For players who are 19 as of Sept. 15 of the year they sign (not season) and turn 20 between Sept. 16 and Dec. 31, their contract does not slide. This is all explained neatly here. 

If you’ve fallen asleep by this point, wake up right quick. McAvoy is 19 and will turn 20 on Dec. 21. That means that if McAvoy and signs and plays an NHL game this season, one year will be burned off his entry-level deal, making him up for a new deal after the 2018-19 season rather than the 2019-20 season. Same goes for Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, who already is 20. 

The Bruins actually used this drawback to their advantage when they signed Krug. The B’s let the 20-year-old Krug play in an NHL game after he signed, which got him to restricted free agency a year earlier. The promise to play him and burn that year was likely a reason Krug chose to sign with the B’s as an undrafted free agent. 

So for now, yes, an ATO is the safe play for the Bruins if they want to maximize the value of McAvoy’s entry level deal. His NHL career might have to wait until the fall.