WILMINGTON — Greetings, Black-and-Gold blog dawgs, from the Ristuccia rink, where the Bruins have gone through their stretch-and-sweat paces here today and dashed to their charter flight to frosty Calgary, Alberta, for tomorrow night’s matchup against the red-hot Flames.
No unexpected twists here today. As anticipated, newly-acquired blueliner Tomas Kaberle was not here, the veteran allowed extra time in Toronto to tie up personal business prior to winging his way west. He’ll pull on Boston’s No. 12 sweater for a second time tomorrow night in Calgary.
Newcomers Rich Peverley (LW) and Chris Kelly (C) toiled on a line with Michael Ryder (RW). Look for that trio to be intact tomorrow, at least for the start of the night.
The Fourth Wheel Line has center Greg Campbell skating with wingers Danny Paille, Shawn Thornton and Tyler Seguin. Given coach Claude Julien’s penchant for riding with veteran, reliable players, especially at this time of the year, Seguin figures to be a scratch tomorrow. But that is not a certainty.
Now here is less than a week to before Monday’s trade deadline. General manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday, after his multiple deals, that he still could make a minor trade prior to the freeze.
As the coach, would Julien prefer that deal to be for a defenseman or a forward?
“I’ll take any help I can get, to be honest,” said Julien. “The one thing you want is some depth, and that’s the one place we might have hurt ourselves a little bit last year. [David] Krejci swas hurt and Savvy ( Mark Savard)j ust coming back [from concussion]….we got thin pretty quick and I think that really took away our chances and hurt us a lot in that area. So I think we are trying to cover that right now and if he brought people in it would just mean more depth. So I think as a coach you can use [depth] at any position.”
Bet here: Chiarelli adds a blueliner on or before last call on Monday. The Bruins are carrying seven defensemen, but two of them (Adam McQuaid and Steven Kampfer) are very raw. McQuaid has less than 100 minutes of TOI experience, post season, and Kampfer was watching the playoffs last spring, fresh out of Michigan (CCHA).