WILMINGTON — Good morning from Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins will hold their first practice since David Krejci suffered a concussion on Saturday against St. Louis. For starters, Brian McGrattan has been placed on waivers. If McGrattan clears, he’ll be assigned to Providence.
UPDATE: GM Peter Chiarelli said Krejci suffered a “moderate” concussion, between mild and severe. Chiarelli said Krejci, who initially complained of headaches and memory loss, is feeling better today. Krejci will be re-evaluated tomorrow. He did not suffer any ancillary ailments such as a neck injury.
Chiarelli said there was some talk about bringing up help from Providence. But Chiarelli said Daniel Paille has been itching to get back into the lineup since being a healthy scratch for the last 10 games.
Patrice Bergeron has replaced Krejci as the No. 1 center between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Here’s how the lines are so far:
Milan Lucic-Patrice Bergeron-Nathan Horton
Jordan Caron-Blake Wheeler-Mark Recchi
Daniel Paille-Tyler Seguin-Michael Ryder
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Andrew Ference
Matt Hunwick-Dennis Seidenberg
Mark Stuart-Adam McQuaid
Moving Bergeron up to No. 1 status makes sense. You retain a top-line status, with the three forwards most likely drawing top defensive pairings and matchup threesomes. While Bergeron and Jordan Caron had clicked before, Mark Recchi wasn’t doing much on that line.
Also wise to shift Blake Wheeler to center. The Bruins now have some size up the middle between Recchi and Caron.
Not a good reflection on Zach Hamill (0-5–5 in 11 games) that he wasn’t recalled for pinch-hitting duty.