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Meet the 2019-2020 Boston Bruins: The Bruins’ Opening Night roster is set

One demotion and a move to IR has things looking more solid.

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The Bruins made three minor transactions today, two of which you already knew: Peter Cehlarik and Jakub Zboril were assigned to Providence, while forward Joakim Nordstrom was placed on IR.

The former move was long expected; the latter move is a little more surprising, but isn’t a total shock.

With those moves, the Bruins’ Opening Night roster is just about set, with a couple of minor question marks.


  • David Backes
  • Patrice Bergeron
  • Charlie Coyle
  • Jake DeBrusk
  • Danton Heinen
  • David Krejci
  • Karson Kuhlman
  • Sean Kuraly
  • Par Lindholm
  • Brad Marchand
  • David Pastrnak
  • Brett Ritchie
  • Chris Wagner

As you can see, there are 13 forwards listed there, meaning someone’s going to be a healthy scratch Thursday night (unless Krejci isn’t ready).

If Krejci can do, my guess would be the scratch is a toss-up between Backes and Ritchie, but that’s just my opinion.


  • Brandon Carlo
  • Zdeno Chara
  • Connor Clifton
  • Matt Grzelcyk
  • Steven Kampfer
  • Torey Krug
  • Charlie McAvoy

Two things worth noting here: there are 7 defensemen on the roster, meaning one’s gotta sit (Kampfer). The other thing (and this roster came right from the Bruins’ site): Kevan Miller and John Moore are both missing.

Both are injured, yes, but I don’t remember either officially being placed on IR. Still, that seems to be the case here. My uneducated guess would be that Moore is on IR, while Miller might just not be listed. Still, the whole thing is kind of odd, but not worth getting worked up over.


  • Tuukka Rask
  • Jaroslav Halak

No surprises here. I’d expect Bruce Cassidy to rotate his goalies to start the season, much like he did last year. You saw the results a rested Rask could give you in the spring; if Halak gives the Bruins that luxury again this year, they’ll be in good shape.

So there you have it! Your 2019-2020 Opening Night Boston Bruins.