The Bruins have been banged around with injuries over the last few games, and they made a second round of recalls from their AHL farm team on Monday.
The Bruins called up rookie Ryan Spooner from the Providence Bruins on emergency recall and the 21-year-old will make the trip to Montreal for Wednesday nights game at the Bell Centre. The Spooner recall is a sign that either Brad Marchand or Daniel Paille and perhaps both wont be sufficiently recovered from their injuries to face the Habs in a divisional showdown in Montreal.
Claude Julien said earlier following practice on Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena that his coaching staff has full confidence in the players that Boston has been pulling up from Providence this season. Spooner was one of a handful of players invited to the week-long NHL camp in January before the Bruins kicked off their regular season schedule.
When you see what the Providence players can do and the confidence you have in them, it was very helpful during the lockout to assess those players and see what they can do, said Julien. There are a few more down there from training camp that could be here and wed have a lot of confidence in them. Give the Providence coaching staff down there a lot of credit for making sure these guys are ready when they come up here.
Spooner shouldnt be any different from other P-Bruins players that have fared well after posting 30 points (9 goals, 21 assists) in 35 games for the Providence this season along with a plus-12. Spooner holds the kind of offensive skills and playmaking abilities that could mesh nicely with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin.
It remains to be seen if the Bruins leave Campbell skating on the left wing with Bergeron and Seguin, or if they insert Spooner right into that position on a line Boston needs for offensive production.
Its clear Julien is playing mix-and-match with the Bs line combinations two weeks into the season as attrition starts to catch up to Boston.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.