After last night’s tough loss at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres, the Bruins made some roster moves, returning Rob O’Gara (D) and Zane McIntyre (G) to Providence. McIntyre did not see the ice, however O’Gara played a total of 14:17 in a losing effort Saturday night, generally looking comfortable on the ice.
Bruins Assign Zane McIntyre and Rob O'Gara to Providence: https://t.co/hFacIJsp7h— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 22, 2017
Per CapFriendly, this may all be cap related, but it is also likely that Kevan Miller will be back in the lineup for Thursday’s match, as Bruce Cassidy said he was day to day in his post game presser. As I reported last night, he was seen wearing a brace on his right hand, presumably from his fight against Derek Dorsett. With his return on the horizon, it makes sense to return O’Gara to Providence to get some practice/game action in.
The same logic applies to McIntyre, in that returning him to Providence allows him to get some ice time with a long break before Boston’s next game, however it is also possible that the Bruins expect starting goaltender Tuukka Rask back for their next match. As we reported last week, he was concussed by teammate Anders Bjork in practice on Wednesday the 18th, putting the next Bruins game a full eight days from the collision. Granted with concussions, the recovery time can vary significantly depending on player, severity and a number of other factors, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities to think he may be good to go by Thursday.
With Anton Khudobin playing “erratic” per Coach Cassidy, a healthy Tuukka Rask would be a welcome addition to a Bruins team that has been decimated by injuries early in the 2017-18 season.
Are the moves cap related or roster related?
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Just cap related
Getting kids ice time
I expect Miller & Rask back for Thursday’s game