BOSTON -- Carl Soderberg has been placed on the injured-reserve list retroactive to last Friday, which is when he sprained his ankle in an exhibition game against the Jets, and will not play in the Bruins' season-opening game Thursday night against the Lightning.
A player on injured reserve must be out at least a week, so it’s conceivable the Swedish power forward could return for Saturday night’s home game against the Red Wings . . . a team he scored two goals against during the preseason. But he hasn't been seen on the ice since his ankle ballooned during the flight home from Saskatoon on Friday night.
It’s a shame, as Soderberg had shown that he was assimilating quite nicely to the NHL after a rough introduction at the end of last year. He was looking more like the big-bodied offensive force they had in mind when they acquired his rights from the St. Louis Blues seven years ago.
In the meantime, Jordan Caron has taken Soderberg's place on left wing with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith and will be in the Opening Night lineup after being on the roster bubble for much of the preseason.
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Joining Soderberg on the B’s injured reserve list are enforcer Bobby Robins and center Marc Savard. Robins has been on IR since injuring his knee in the second game of the preseason against the Capitals. Savard has been placed on long-term injured reserve with symptoms of post-concussion syndrome; he hasn't been able to play since the 2010-11 regular season.
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David Krejci (back spasms) said he was feeling “okay” on the ice for the first time on Wednesday afternoon since his back locked up last weekend, but indicated a decision won’t be made on his availability to play until Thursday.