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Bruins recall Urho Vaakanainen, send Charlie McAvoy and Kevan Miller home

Not much good news for Boston defensemen.

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So much for a quiet Saturday afternoon!

Bruce Cassidy held his media availability out in Vancouver a couple hours ago, and had a wealth of information...not much of it is good news.

From the Bruins’ Twitter account:

  • Charlie McAvoy and Kevan Miller have been sent back to Boston.
  • Urho Vaakanainen has been recalled from Providence on an emergency basis.

Miller will probably be having x-rays taken after blocking a shot with his hand, per Matt Porter of the Boston Globe. McAvoy’s situation is a bit more concerning.


You’ll remember that McAvoy had a procedure done to correct a heart issue earlier this year. No, Cassidy didn’t confirm that’s what the issue is; however, if it wasn’t related at all, he likely would have just said “no, nothing to do with that.”

“Not feeling right” usually isn’t used for leg, knee, shoulder, etc. That kind of vague statement is reserved for the more obscure and potentially serious things (like a concussion).

Vaakanainen was recalled today, but that’s a pretty long flight across the continent. The rookie may have to be ready, however, as the Miller and McAvoy situations have combined with Torey Krug’s injury to leave the Bruins with Zdeno Chara, Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk, John Moore and Steven Kampfer.


Your lines, from this morning:

That’s top-four defenseman Steve Kampfer to you, sir!

Per Cassidy, Jaroslav Halak will start.