Boston Bruins Player News: All Positions

News: Petrovic secured a professional tryout agreement with the Bruins on Sunday, TSN reports.
Impact: Petrovic saw action in 35 games last season for the Panthers and Oilers, in which he tallied two assists, 26 PIM and 47 shots while averaging 16:32 of ice time. The Boston blue line is already stacked, but the team still hasn't agreed to terms on new deals for restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, so bringing Petrovic in on a PTO gives Boston an extra body for camp and potential cover in the event of a protracted holdout.
News: Beecher was impressive during the recent World Junior Summer Showcase, NHL.com's Adam Kimelman reports, scoring four goals in five games.
Impact: Since being taken 30th overall by the Bruins in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Beecher's star has been on the rise. His first-round selection, originally viewed by some as a bit of a reach, now looks like a strong one, following the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder's outstanding performance in this year's version of the World Junior Summer Showcase. While the 18-year-old center worked as a bottom-six forward with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team last season, he was given the opportunity to play in a top-six role during the recent WJSS. Beecher, who is bound for the University of Michigan this fall, is years (not months) away from an NHL job, but if he is able to fully harness his good size/speed combo and continue to develop his scoring touch, he could end up centering Boston's first or second line down the road.
News: The Bruins have signed Shen to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Impact: His deal, which runs through the 2021-22 season, carries an annual NHL cap hit of $809,167. The Bruins took Shen 212th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, but since then the 6-foot-1, 183-pounder has seen his prospect profile rise with his recent play in Russia, as well as in international competition. Per Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston, Shen was "pretty solid during (the Bruins') development camp with playmaking and puck possession." The 19-year-old presumably needs some seasoning at the AHL level, but the improvement Shen has displayed since being drafted by Boston suggests that he could make a run at a job with the big club in time.
News: Hargrove inked a one-year deal with Italian side HC Bolzano on Friday.
Impact: Following a three-year career at Western Michigan University, Hargrove spent the past four seasons tolling in the AHL. Selected by the Bruins in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft, the winger never made an appearance for the club. The 27-year-old will now try his hand in the EBEL, which likely marks the end of his chances of breaking into the NHL.
News: Heinen signed a two-year extension with the Bruins on Tuesday.
Impact: Heinen totaled 34 points (11 goals and 23 assists) in 77 games for Boston last season and was heading towards arbitration, but he and the team were instead able to reach a new deal. The 24-year-old will look to rediscover the production from his rookie campaign in 2017-18 when he tallied 47 points.
News: Breen inked a one-year, AHL-only contract with the Bruins on Monday.
Impact: Breen, 30, has spent the last five seasons with AHL Providence, the last four as an alternate captain. The 6-foot-7, 226-pound defenseman appeared in 47 minor league games this past season, tallying two goals and nine helpers for 11 points to go along with a plus-eight rating. Signed to an AHL contract, Breen is still a free agent, in that he still can be signed to an NHL contract by any of the other 31 clubs.
News: Cehlarik and the Bruins agreed on a one-year, two-way contract Sunday.
Impact: Cehlarik was qualified by the team as a restricted free agent, and will stay on a contract valued at $700,000. The 2013 third-rounder has yet to establish himself as an NHL regular, but Cehlarik has performed well enough during his stints with the big club and retains some untapped potential. Cehlarik played just 20 games with the big club last season, potting four goals and six points in that span. He'll have an opportunity to fight for a roster spot with the big club to start the coming season, but the Bruins seem to be stacked with young talent up front.
News: Heinen filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: Heinen saw ice time in 77 games in each of his last two seasons with Boston, logging 81 points (27 goals, 54 assists) over that span. The 24-year-old took a small step back in 2018-19, but his overall production on offense and efficiency on defense could indicate that the Bruins want to settle on a new deal before the arbitration hearings.
News: The Bruins have signed Fitzgerald to a one-year, two-way contract with an NHL salary cap hit of $700,000.
Impact: On the heels of a 2018-19 season in which he recorded nine goals and 37 points in 61 games with AHL Providence, the 2013 fourth-rounder is back in the fold as a depth forward for the Bruins' organization. At 5-foot-9 and 172 pounds, Fitzgerald still has to demonstrate that he can handle the physical rigors of the NHL game, but the 24-year-old retains a degree of upside as a playmaker, which could pave his way to an NHL role down the road.
News: The Bruins have signed Gaunce to a one-year, two-way deal with an NHL cap hit of $700,000.
Impact: The 25-year-old hasn't produced much offense at the NHL level (six goals and 15 points in 117 games to date), but the 2012 first-rounder gives the Bruins some added size (he's 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds) to their depth forward corps and will be a candidate for bottom-six duty with the team in 2019-20.
News: The Bruins have signed Lindholm to a two-year deal with an annual salary cap hit of $850,000.
Impact: The Bruins also signed Brett Ritchie to a one-year, $1 million deal, a pair of signings that bolster the team's bottom-six forward corps in the wake of Noel Acciari's departure. Lindholm isn't really on the fantasy radar, however, after logging just one goal and 13 points in 65 games (61 with Toronto and four with Winnipeg) last season. The 27-year-old can play both center and wing, a trait the Bruins like in their depth guys up front and given his production in Sweden prior to last season, the 6-0, 183 pounder probably has a degree of untapped offensive upside.
News: Ritchie agreed to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract with Boston on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Ritchie bounced in and out of the lineup for Dallas last season, as he appeared in just 53 games. When he was in the lineup, the winger tallied a mere four goals and two assists. The Ontario native's primary fantasy value comes in the form of hits, as he racked up 126 in 2018-19 and should deliver punishment in a fourth-line checking role for Boston.
News: Lagace signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Bruins on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Lagace spent most of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Chicago, compiling a 16-16-2 record while posting a 2.43 GAA and .914 save percentage in 33 appearances. The 26-year-old will likely spend the entirety of the upcoming season in the minors, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his status.
News: The Bruins and Clifton have agreed to terms on a three-year extension, worth $3 million, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Clifton was originally a fifth-round draft pick by the Coyotes in 2013, but after not signing with Arizona, he ended up joining AHL Providence in August of 2017. The Quinnipiac product's efforts there resulted in him inking a deal with the big club, and then injuries led to the 24-year-old earning an NHL promotion this past season. Over 19 regular-season contests with Boston, Clifton logged just one helper and 15 PIM to go along with a plus-5 rating, but in the process, he played well enough to establish himself as a valuable member of the team's blue line rotation. During the Bruins' postseason run, Clifton chipped in two goals and five points in 18 games and earned himself an extension, a move that gives him some financial security, while giving the team a solid blue line piece at a team-friendly cap cost. Looking ahead, Clifton isn't a big fantasy factor, given that he doesn't see much power-play duty, but he is capable in the transition game and isn't rattled by the physical aspect of the NHL duty, despite his 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame.
News: The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Fitzgerald.
Impact: The 2013 fourth-rounder is coming a 2018-19 season in which he recorded nine goals and 37 points in 61 games with AHL Providence. At 5-foot-9, 172 pounds, Fitzgerald still needs to prove that he's up to the physical rigors of the NHL, but the 24-year-old does have some upside as a playmaker, which could help him see some action with the big club next season.
News: The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Cehlarik.
Impact: The 2013 third-rounder has yet to establish himself as an NHL regular, but Cehlarik has performed well enough during his stints with the big club and retains some untapped potential. To date, the 6-foot-2, 202-pounder has logged five goals and 10 points in 37 games with the B's over the past three seasons. He'll have an opportunity to fight for a roster spot with the big club to start the coming season, but there's going to be a numbers game in play that may not favor Cehlarik, at least out of the gate.
News: The Bruins did not extend a qualifying offer to Smith, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Smith did not score a point in three games with the Bruins after being claimed off waivers from the Stars. He did, however, post respectable numbers at the AHL level, logging 16 goals and 40 points in 47 games with Providence. The 25-year-old has 80 NHL games under his belt and figures to catch on elsewhere as a depth forward.
News: The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Heinen, Matt Porter of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Though Heinen took a bit of step back in his second full season with the Bruins, en route to logging 11 goals and 34 points in 77 games, the 23-year-old forward is someone the team would like to keep around. Even when he's not a big producer on offense, the 2014 fourth-rounder is a responsible two-way player. At times, Heinen has displayed the skill it takes to be a top-six forward at the NHL level, but the consistency hasn't always been there. As a result, the 6-foot-1, 188-pounder seems ideally suited for third-line duties at this stage of his career.
News: The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Carlo, Matt Porter of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The same applies to fellow impending restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy and Danton Heinen, with retaining the trio an offseason priority for the Bruins. Carlo -- who logged two goals and 10 points in 72 games this past season -- isn't much of a fantasy factor, but the 6-foot-5, 212-pounder has developed into a reliable shut-down defender for the Bruins. He's obviously someone the team would like to keep around, with the clock ticking on the NHL career of 42-year-old Zdeno Chara.
News: McAvoy, who is poised to become a restricted free agent, hopes to remain with the Bruins for the long haul, Ricky Doyle of NESN.com reports. "I don't want to go anywhere. (Boston) is the best place on earth," McAvoy recently noted on the team's breakup day following the playoffs. "This is home for me now. I live here in the summer. I love it here. I want to be here forever."
Impact: McAvoy's words are certainly encouraging with regard to the Bruins' chances of inking the ascending blueliner to a long-term deal. Retaining him, as well as fellow impending RFAs Brandon Carlo and Danton Heinen, is a priority for the team, though in the case of McAvoy, there are some variables. When healthy, as he was in the playoffs, the 21-year-old is a minute-gobbling two-way force on the Boston back line. McAvoy has, however, dealt with some injury/health woes during his two full seasons with the organization, so the team will have to balance concerns on that front with the obvious upside the 2016 first-rounder possesses. Given how much McAvoy seems to enjoy his team context, we doubt there's much chance he'll sign an offer sheet with another squad, but at the same time, he doesn't seem inclined to take much of a hometown discount after spurning an extension offer last offseason, as reported by The Athletic's Fluto Shinzawa.
News: McAvoy was given a qualifying offer by Boston on Tuesday, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: McAvoy, 21, was one of Boston's best defenseman in 2018-19. Due for a raise on his entry-level contract, McAvoy and the Bruins are expected to hash out a deal prior to July 1, but whether the two parties settle on a bridge deal or one featuring a longer term remains to be seen.
News: Kampfer signed a two-year deal worth $1.6 million with the Bruins on Monday, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Kampfer tallied three goals and six points in 35 games with the Bruins last season. The 30-year-old blueliner would've been an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but Boston locked him up as a depth defenseman for the next two seasons.
News: Olson was drafted 92nd overall by the Bruins at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: A Calgary native who has been playing in the AJHL to maintain his 2020-21 collegiate eligibility for the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Olson is a ball of energy with legitimate offensive talent. He's prone to taking bad penalties and his temper can get the best of him at times, but there's bottom-six potential here if Olson can rein in his emotions.
News: Beecher was drafted 30th overall by the Bruins at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Beecher is big and fast, and he pays a heavy, heavy game. Is this a pick that is a direct response to the Bruins' Cup loss to the Blues? Maybe. Beecher's puck skills are average and he's probably not going to stick at center. Worst case, the Bruins have a third-line wrecking ball that can kill penalties. Some scouts think he's a lock for the second line at the worst, but we just don't get that feel. Bruins fans will love him, but don't bother in fantasy.
News: The Bruins plan to retain their rights to Forsbacka-Karlsson by making him a qualifying offer, Eric Russo of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Forsbacka-Karlsson is slated to play in the Swedish Hockey League next season, but there is an expectation that the 22-year-old will resume his career with the Bruins at some point down the road. For now, the native of Stockholm will continue his development as a player in a strong league closer to home. Per Boston GM Don Sweeney, Forsbacka-Karlsson will "sit as a restricted free agent until he decides that he's ready to return." In 28 games for the Bruins this past season, Forsbacka-Karlsson logged three goals and nine points. The 2015 second-rounder profiles as a heady two-way forward who retains the necessary skills to secure full-time NHL duty eventually.
News: Bjork has progressed well since undergoing shoulder surgery in January, Eric Russo of the Bruins' official site reports. "Anders is doing really well from a recovery standpoint, had his shoulder, the same shoulder, done again, but has taken the necessary time,"GM Don Sweeney noted Monday of the young forward, who has been slowed by shoulder injuries over the past two seasons.
Impact: Sweeney added that the 22-year-old will be "full bore" when training camp rolls around, meaning that health won't be an impediment with regard to Bjork's quest to open up the 2019-20 season with the big club. The 2014 fifth-rounder saw action in 20 games with the Bruins last season, logging a goal and three points. He fared better at the AHL level, with 10 points in 13 contests for Providence, and if he's truly past his shoulder woes, Bjork -- who brings skating speed and quick hands to the table -- can make a run at a top-six role with Boston.
News: Wagner confirmed Monday that he underwent surgery on his arm to repair a displaced ulna.
Impact: Injury news continues to trickle in following the Bruins' loss to the Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals. Wagner, who last saw action May 14, was actually cleared to play in Game 7 of the series, so he'll presumably be back to full strength well before the team takes the ice again. The 28-year-old, who remains under contract with the Bruins through the 2019-20 season, ended up being a solid addition to the team, chipping in 12 goals and 19 points in 76 regular-season games, while mostly working on the team's fourth line. While the 6-foot, 198-pounder is off the radar in most fantasy formats, he does help out in leagues where his hits (147) factor in.
News: Chara will have a procedure on his elbow to clean up loose fragments, per GM Don Sweeney.
Impact: Add an elbow issue to the assortment of aches and pains Chara now has the offseason to recover from. It was previously confirmed that the big blueliner played through multiple fractures in his jaw during the Stanley Cup Finals. Monday's announcement of Chara's upcoming elbow procedure was not accompanied by a recovery timetable, but we suspect that he should be at or close to full health by the time training camp rolls around. At 42 years of age, Chara -- who logged five goals and 14 points in 62 games this past season -- has lost a step and rarely sees power-play duty. As a result, he's no longer the fantasy factor that he was during his prime, but the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder maintains top-shelf shutdown ability and his leadership is a key element to the Bruins' team chemistry, which from all accounts was outstanding this past season.
News: According to general manager Don Sweeney, Nordstrom has a fracture in his foot that will require testing.
Impact: Nordstrom likely suffered his injury during Wednesday's Game 7 loss to the Blues, as he only logged 8:21 of ice time after averaging 15:53 of ice time per contest through the first six games of the series. At this point it isn't clear if Nordstrom's injury will have any impact on his offseason training schedule, but another update on his condition should surface after he undergoes additional testing.
News: Acciari played through a broken sternum that he suffered during the Bruins' second-round playoff series versus Columbus.
Impact: Additionally, Acciari is in a walking boot after blocking a shot with his right foot in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The 27-year-old now has the entire offseason to heal up. Though Acciari scored just six goals and 14 points in 72 games this past season, his gritty and hard-hitting ways have made him a favorite of coach Bruce Cassidy. Acciari is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but it seems likely that he'll re-sign with the Bruins given how well his style suits the team's fourth line.
News: Pastrnak aggravated a thumb injury he originally sustained in February during the Bruins' playoff series versus the Blue Jackets, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports.
Impact: As the Bruins held their end-of-season media availability Friday, it was revealed that all three members of the team's top line were dealing with injuries down the stretch. The news is not surprising given the trio's uneven play during the recent Stanley Cup Finals. Pastrnak, who scored 38 goals and 81 points in 66 regular-season games before adding nine goals and 19 points in 24 postseason contests, will now have the entire offseason to heal up. He's under contract with Boston through 2022-23 and is already entrenched as a top-six forward and power-play fixture for the team. At 23 years of age, the hard-shooting Pastrnak is one of the NHL's bright young stars, both in real and fantasy terms.
News: Moore is slated to undergo shoulder surgery in the next couple of days, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Per the report, Moore suffered the injury at the end of the regular season. Prior to Friday's end-of-season media availability, the issue had been classified as "upper body." On the plus side, Moore, who is under contract with Boston through 2022-23, figures to be recovered well before next season. The 28-year-old logged four goals and 13 points in 61 games this past campaign. Though Moore is an outstanding skater, he sees limited power-play duty for the Bruins, and as long as that remains the case, his fantasy upside is capped.
News: Miller suffered a fractured knee cap that required surgery at the end of the regular season, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Miller, who last suited up April 4, will now have the entire offseason to heal up, but it remains to be seen if he'll be back to 100 percent by the time the team hits the ice again. The rugged blueliner finished up this past season with seven helpers and 35 PIM in 39 games. The 31-year-old isn't much of a fantasy factor, but Miller's rugged play and sound positioning are assets to the Boston blue line. He's under contract with the team through next season.
News: Bergeron played through a groin injury down the stretch, Logan Mullen of NESN.com reports.
Impact: The Bruins' top line was not at its best during the Stanley Cup Finals, so it's not surprising that both Bergeron and Brad Marchand (groin, oblique, hand) were banged up during the series. Additionally, it won't shock us if we learn later that David Pastrnak was also dealing with an injury. Despite the disappointing ending, Bergeron -- who will not require offseason surgery -- turned in a stellar effort this past season, logging 32 goals and a career-high 79 points in 65 games en route to garnering his eighth straight Selke Award nomination. The 33-year-old is signed with Boston through the 2021-22 season and will thus reprise his duties as the team's No. 1 center next campaign.
News: Marchand revealed Friday that he was dealing with groin and oblique issues, as well as a sprained hand during the Stanley Cup Finals, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Marchand had his moments during the Bruins' 4-3 series loss to the Blues, but it's not especially surprising to find out that he was playing with some aches and pains, given that his overall game seemed to be lacking some of the jump and finishing ability that propelled the 31-year-old to an outstanding 36-goal, 100-point regular-season effort. The feisty winger now has the offseason to heal up and should be at or near full strength by the time the Bruins hit the ice again.
News: Chara acknowledged Friday that he played through multiple fractures in his jaw during the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: It was widely assumed that Chara suffered a broken jaw in Game 4 of the Bruins' series versus the Blues, but predictably official confirmation of his injury didn't arrive until the team's end-of-season media availability Friday. Chara's recovery timeline is five-to-six weeks, meaning he'll be back to full strength well before the Bruins take the ice again. The 42-year-old will be back with Boston next season on a team-friendly, one-year, $2 million deal. At this stage of his career, the B's captain -- who logged five goals and 14 points in 62 games this past season -- isn't much of a fantasy factor, with power-play duty now scarce for the hard-shooting blueliner. Still, Chara's strong shut-down ability is intact and his intangibles are top shelf, starting with his outstanding leadership, fitness and obviously his toughness, given what he just played through.
News: Krejci managed an assist and two shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Blues in Game 7.
Impact: Krejci went scoreless over the first five games of the Stanley Cup Finals before producing an assist in each of the last two games. The center ends the playoffs with four goals and 16 points in 24 contests.
News: Grzelcyk scored the Bruins' only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Blues in Wednesday's Game 7.
Impact: Grzelcyk also added two shots and three hits in the contest after missing the previous four games with a concussion. Grzelcyk ends the postseason with four goals and four assists in 20 appearances. Three of his eight points came with the man advantage.
News: Rask allowed four goals on 20 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Blues in Game 7.
Impact: It's the second time Rask has piloted the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals after winning the Cup as a backup in 2011, but he'll also come away with no hardware this time after previously falling to the Blackhawks in six games in 2013. Rask finished the 2019 playoffs with a 15-9 record, a 2.02 GAA and a .934 save percentage, and would have been a likely choice for the Conn Smythe Trophy had his fortunes been better in the series-deciding game.
News: Grzelcyk is in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 7 against the visiting Blues.
Impact: It was reported earlier that Grzelcyk was medically cleared to play, and that notion was confirmed by his placement in the lineup. He has missed the last four games of the series due to a concussion but has tallied seven points and 33 shots in 19 postseason games. Connor Clifton will take a seat in the press box with Grzelcyk returning.
News: Wagner (forearm) isn't in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 7 against the visiting Blues, per the NHL's media site.
Impact: Wagner had the chance to play the final game of the season even though coach Bruce Cassidy declared him "out for a while" earlier in the postseason. Unfortunately for him, he won't get that opportunity, as he will be in the press box Wednesday. Boston will roll with Karson Kuhlman as its 12th forward.
News: Grzelcyk (concussion) has been medically cleared and is expected to rejoin the lineup against St. Louis for Game 7 on Wednesday. Head coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters, "Looks like he'll go in."
Impact: Grzelcyk missed the previous four games due to his concussion, but appears set to rejoin the lineup in time for the final tilt of the season. Prior to getting hurt, the defender tallied seven points (five on the power play), 33 shots and 15 hits in 19 outings. With Grzelcyk cleared to play, Connor Clifton figures to be the odd man out on the blue line.
News: Rask will draw the start for Wednesday's Game 7 against the visiting Blues, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports.
Impact: In what will be the season's final game, Rask will draw the start after posting a 15-8-0 record this postseason to go along with a 1.93 GAA and .938 save percentage in 23 games. The Finnish netminder was sensational in a pivotal Game 6, stopping all but one of the 29 shots he faced en route to the victory. As if winning Lord Stanley's Cup wasn't enough motivation, Rask would have an excellent case for the Conn Smythe should he lead the Bruins to victory Wednesday.
News: Kuraly produced an assist, two shots and two PIM in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6.
Impact: He also produced three hits and two blocked shots in the contest. Kuraly has exploded for two goals and three assists as well as 18 hits over six games in the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: DeBrusk posted an assist and went plus-2 in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6.
Impact: DeBrusk also had four shots, two hits and two blocked shots in the contest. DeBrusk has a goal and three helpers in six games versus the Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals. The winger has 11 points through 23 contests in the postseason.
News: Krejci recorded an assist in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: It's his first point of the series and 15th point in 23 games. Krejci has contributed 25 hits and 30 shots in addition to the 15 points.
News: Krug recorded an assist, three shots and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6.
Impact: Krug has produced six points in as many games in the Stanley Cup Finals. The blueliner is up to 18 points over 23 contests in the postseason as a whole, as one of the best offensive defenseman available. Krug's reliable offense makes him a strong choice for fantasy owners entering Wednesday's Game 7.
News: Chara scored an empty-net goal and dished three hits in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6.
Impact: The blueliner continues to battle a broken jaw, but he hasn't shied away from physicality with seven hits in two games since the injury. For the playoffs, Chara has two goals and six points in 22 contests.
News: Kuhlman scored a goal and went plus-2 in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Kuhlman was making only his seventh appearance of the postseason, as he lost his lineup spot to Chris Wagner (forearm) in the second round. Kuhlman has a goal and two helpers during the playoff run, and the goal Sunday may be enough for coach Bruce Cassidy to keep the rookie in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 7.
News: Carlo potted a goal -- which stood as the game-winner -- in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: It was only the second playoff goal for the defenseman, who has added two helpers, 31 hits, 31 shots and 30 blocked shots in 23 games. Carlo's first goal came in Game 4 of the Cup finals in a loss.
News: Pastrnak scored a goal on four shots and added an assist in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6.
Impact: Pastrnak is up to nine tallies and 19 points in 23 playoff games after he and Brad Marchand set up each other's goals Sunday. In six contests in the Stanley Cup Finals, he has two goals and two assists.
News: Marchand scored a power-play goal and added a helper in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6.
Impact: The two-point effort brings Marchand up to 23 points (nine goals, 14 helpers) in as many games in the postseason. When Marchand scores, the Bruins are 25-1 all time and 8-0 this year in the playoffs. If he can find twine in Wednesday's Game 7, it could be a critical moment with the Stanley Cup on the line.
News: Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blues in Game 6.
Impact: Rask had to protect a 1-0 lead for most of the game before the Bruins' offense took over in the third period with four goals to secure the victory. Rask is now 15-8 in the postseason with a 1.93 GAA and a .938 save percentage heading into Wednesday's Game 7.
News: Rask will patrol the blue paint for Sunday's Game 6 matchup in St. Louis, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Rask has been nothing short of incredible during this postseason run, registering a 1.97 GAA and .937 save percentage since the start of the playoffs. He took a tough-luck loss in Game 5 after allowing just two goals on 21 shots. Rask and the Bruins have their backs against the wall Sunday as they'll be looking to force a Game 7 back in Boston on Wednesday.
News: Kuhlman is expected to draw into the lineup for Sunday's Game 6 in St. Louis.
Impact: Sunday will be Kuhlman's first game since Game 3 against Columbus on April 30. Head coach Bruce Cassidy said he likes the energy that the 23-year-old brings, and is expected to suit him up on a line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. In the wake of Kuhlman's return, the Bruins will scratch Steve Kampfer and roll with 12 forwards and six defensmen for Sunday's game.
News: Grzelcyk (concussion) hasn't gained medical clearance, and won't play in Sunday's Game 6 in St. Louis, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The 25-year-old has missed the last three games of the series after he was knocked out of Game 2 on a hit from Oscar Sundqvist. Even though Grzelcyk was sporting a non-contact jersey during Saturday's practice, he won't be available for Sunday's contest. In his stead, the Bruins will go back to six defensemen in their lineup, with Steve Kampfer the odd man out.
News: Grzelcyk (concussion) has yet to gain clearance for Sunday's Game 6 versus the Blues.
Impact: Grzelcyk sported a non-contact jersey at practice Saturday, leading to some hope that he's making significant progress on that front. Official word on his status should drop ahead of the faceoff on game day.
News: Wagner (forearm) could be available if the series extends to a Game 7.
Impact: Wagner seemed likely to miss the remainder of the playoffs when coach Bruce Cassidy declared him "out for a while" earlier in the postseason, but a win Sunday could put the winger back on the table Wednesday. For that to happen, the Bruins would need to steal Game 6 in St. Louis.
News: Krug posted an assist and three shots on goal in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Blues in Game 5.
Impact: The helper was Krug's 15th of the postseason, giving him 17 points in 22 games, which leads all defensemen in the league. Krug has added 48 shots on goal, 29 hits and 30 blocked shots during the playoffs.
News: DeBrusk potted a goal on two shots in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Blues in Game 5.
Impact: DeBrusk is up to four goals and 10 points in 22 games during the postseason. He hasn't provided top-six scoring in the playoffs to this point after netting 27 goals in the regular season.
News: Rask allowed two goals on 21 shots in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Blues in Game 5.
Impact: Rask was alright, but his Bruins teammates only converted one of 39 shots against Blues goalie Jordan Binnington. With the Bruins down 3-2 in the series, Rask will have to be at his best in Sunday's Game 6 to keep his team's season going.
News: Grzelcyk (concussion) will not play in Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Blues, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Grzelcyk was originally a game-time decision for Thursday, but it appears he didn't pass one of the last steps in the NHL's concussion protocol in time. In the blueliner's absence, Steve Kampfer will likely take over in the lineup. The next opportunity for Grzelcyk to play would be Game 6 on Sunday.
News: Chara (jaw) will play in Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Blues, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Chara was a game-time decision, but it seems he's healthy enough to play Thursday. The blueliner was spotted with a chin protector in Thursday's morning skate but won't have his jaw wired shut, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports. Head coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned he is leaning towards rolling with seven defensemen for Game 5, which could keep John Moore and/or Steve Kampfer from having to watch from the press box.
News: Grzelcyk (concussion) will be a game-time decision ahead of Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Blues.
Impact: Grzelcyk ditched the non-contact sweater at the game-day skate Thursday. Combined with the blueliner joining the second power-play unit during Wednesday's session, it's hard to imagine the youngster won't be in the lineup for Game 5, despite officially being a game-time call. The Massachusetts native was averaging 17:01 of ice time prior to getting hurt and figures to see a similar workload if he does suit up. Grzelcyk's return, along with the potential availability of Zdeno Chara (jaw), would likely send John Moore and Steve Kampfer back up to the press box.
News: Chara (jaw) is a game-time call for Thursday's Game 5 clash with St. Louis.
Impact: Chara hit the ice for the game-day skate sporting a chin protector and regular sweater. The towering blueliner's inclusion in the lineup would be a huge win for Boston, as it looks to take a critical Game 5. If the veteran does suit up, he may play slightly less than his 21:56 postseason average, but should be a factor thanks to his shut-down ability. If Chara and Matt Grzelcyk (concussion) are both available, John Moore and Steve Kampfer will probably find themselves relegated to the press box.
News: Rask will tend the home goal for Thursday's Game 5 against the visiting Blues, David Marcoux of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Rask has been solid thus far in the series, sitting at 2-2 to go along with a 2.48 GAA and .919 save percentage through four games. Specifically at home, the Finnish netminder is 7-2-2 at home this postseason, while posting a .928 save percentage and 2.18 GAA in 11 games. Rask continues to be a top candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy, but doesn't have to be perfect for the Bruins to win with star forwards such as Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron lighting up the scoresheet.
News: Grzelcyk (concussion) skated Wednesday in a non-contact jersey, in addition to working with the second power-play unit, per Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic. At the post-practice press conference, the blueliner was optimistic heading into Game 5 against St. Louis on Thursday, telling reporters, "Hopefully I get cleared to play," Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Due to his non-contact designation, Grzelcyk wasn't in the top three pairing for line rushes, but the fact that he was working with the power-play group is a good indication the team is expecting him to be available against the Bruins. If the Massachusetts native doesn't receive final clearance, Urho Vaakanainen could find his way into the lineup for Game 5.
News: Chara suffered a broken jaw during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Although the Bruins have yet to release an official update on Chara's status for Thursday's game, it seems highly unlikely that he'll be available just three days after suffering a broken jaw, even with the added protection of a full face shield. If Chara is in fact sidelined for Game 5, Steve Kampfer will likely draw into the lineup for just the third time this postseason.
News: Coyle scored a goal in Monday's 4-2 loss to St. Louis in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Despite the loss, Coyle remains hotter than a piston, with goals in three straight games. He's now racked up 16 postseason points in 21 games, incredible considering Coyle managed only 34 points during the regular season.
News: Bergeron picked up a shorthanded assist Monday but the Bruins fell 4-2 to St. Louis in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Boston's main man down the middle is up to 17 points through 21 playoff games this season, his latest tally coming with the Bruins shorthanded. No matter the situation, No. 37 continues to terrorize opposing players and should remain a popular fantasy selection across all formats. Returning home to Boston for Game 5, Bergeron's production could suffer when you consider he's managed only six points in 11 home contests in these playoffs. For comparison's sake, appearing in 10 road games this postseason, Bergeron has found the scoresheet 11 times.
News: Rask yielded three goals on 37 shots in Monday's 4-2 loss to St. Louis in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: The Bruins twice tied the game, but they were never able to overtake the Blues on Monday, as the hosts were able to even the series up at two games apiece. The loss marked the second time over a nine-game stretch that Rask has seen more than two pucks beat him. The loss notwithstanding, Rask remains an attractive fantasy play not to mention a prime candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy should Boston go on to win the Cup, as the Finnish-born netminder owns a 14-7 record in the postseason to go along with a 1.96 GAA and .938 save percentage.
News: Chara will have to undergo further testing after taking a puck to the mouth in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Blues -- in the meantime his status for Game 5 remains undetermined, Conor Ryan the Boston Sports Journal reports.
Impact: Look for more updates to come in the next day or so as Chara undergoes testing ahead of Thursday's Game 5 in Boston. The defenseman suffered the injury with just over three minutes left in the second period; though he returned to the team's bench in the third with a reinforced shield, he did not take the ice the entire third period after being advised by team doctors.
News: Rask will get the starting nod for Monday's Game 4 road clash with St. Louis, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Through the first three games of the Stanley Cup Finals, Rask is sporting a 2.29 GAA and .919 save percentage. Even in his lone loss, the netminder only gave up three goals, which should be enough to keep his team in games. Backed up by a star-studded top line that includes Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, the 31-year-old Rask doesn't need to be perfect in order to end the year lifting Lord Stanley's cup and will look to get one more step closer to that goal Monday.
News: Clifton produced a power-play assist, two blocked shots and four PIM in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: The defenseman is up to five points in 15 games during the postseason, with only Saturday's assist coming on the power play. He's added 25 hits and 13 blocked shots to go with 12 PIM during the playoff run.
News: DeBrusk posted a power-play assist and four PIM in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: DeBrusk is up to six assists and nine points in 20 postseason games, with four of those points coming on the man advantage. The winger has not hesitated to shoot, averaging 2.60 shots per game, but his shooting percentage has plummeted from 17.3 percent in the regular season to 5.8 percent in the playoffs.
News: Heinen registered an assist and two blocked shots in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: The assist gives Heinen eight points in 20 playoff games. It's his first appearance on the scoresheet since a two-point effort against the Hurricanes in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The forward has been used as a middle-six winger, and he's provided 27 shots and 20 hits from that deployment.
News: Marchand posted a power-play assist in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: It was a fairly quiet night for the left wing, but the helper keeps him on a point-per-game pace with eight goals and 12 helpers in 20 postseason contests. Eleven of his points have come on the man advantage. Marchand should continue to make regular contributions to the offense with the Bruins sitting just two wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.
News: Acciari scored an empty-net goal and added five hits and three blocked shots in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Acciari did a little bit of everything in this contest. The physical fourth-liner has two goals and four points in 15 postseason games, adding 55 hits and 18 blocked shots so far. It's still difficult to recommend the winger for DFS owners due to his lower point production.
News: Kuraly scored his fourth goal of the postseason and added four hits in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Kuraly now has a pair of goals and assists each through the first three games of the Cup finals, giving him nine points in 16 outings overall in the playoffs. The center has also added 37 hits and 43 shots on goal during the postseason run.
News: Pastrnak tallied a power-play goal and five shots in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: After the Bruins' top line went quiet in the first two games of the series, Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combined for five points in Saturday's blowout. Pastrnak's goal came 41 seconds into the second period, effectively ruining any hopes the Blues had to get back in the game after the intermission. Pasta has eight goals and 17 points in 20 postseason appearances.
News: Nordstrom notched two assists and went plus-2 in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: The fourth-line winger also skated 15:17 in the contest, ranking fourth among Bruins forwards. Nordstrom is up to eight points in 19 contests during the postseason, adding 50 hits during the playoff run.
News: Johansson scored a power-play goal and added a helper in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: The forward first assisted on Charlie Coyle's goal to make it 2-0 in the first period before scoring the closing goal on the man advantage late in the third period. Johansson now has four goals and 11 points in 18 contests during the playoffs. His two-point effort Saturday snapped a four-game point drought.
News: Coyle scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Coyle scored in the first period and then helped set up Noel Acciari's empty-netter late in the third. The two-point night brings Coyle to eight tallies and seven helpers in 20 postseason games. The trade-deadline acquisition from the Wild has done well for his hometown team, providing significant depth scoring from the third line.
News: Bergeron scored a goal and assisted on two others in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Bergeron opened the scoring halfway through the first period before setting up David Pastrnak and Torey Krug for second-period tallies. All of Bergeron's points came on the man advantage. The star center is up to nine goals and seven helpers in 20 postseason games, with 10 of his 16 points coming on the power play.
News: Krug scored a goal and added three assists -- all coming on the power play -- in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Krug led the way from the blue line on the man advantage as the Bruins had a breakout performance offensively. The big night gives Krug two goals and 14 assists in 20 playoff games this year, with 11 of those 16 points coming on the man advantage.
News: Rask stopped 27 of 29 shots in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Blues in Game 3.
Impact: Rask was spotted a 3-0 lead after the first period and received plenty more support as the Bruins rolled over the Blues to take a 2-1 series lead. He's now 14-6 in the playoffs with a 1.91 GAA and a .939 save percentage heading into Monday's Game 4.
News: Rask will patrol the crease in Saturday's Game 3 against the Blues in St. Louis, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Impact: Rask was fantastic in Game 2, turning aside 34 of 37 shots, but he ultimately suffered his fourth home loss of the playoffs due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. The Bruins' top line has yet to break out against the Blues, so if the trio is able to do so Saturday, Rask will be in prime position to pick up his 14th victory of this postseason.
News: Bergeron will be in the lineup for Game 3 against St. Louis on Saturday after missing Friday's practice session.
Impact: Bergeron's absence was classified as a maintenance day, but at this point in the season it could be anything from a stubbed toe to a broken bone, and coach Bruce Cassidy wouldn't provide much detail. The key for fantasy owners is Bergeron will play and should be in his normal top-line spot and on the No. 1 power-play unit. The center racked up eight goals and five helpers in the first three rounds of the postseason, but has yet to write his name on the scoresheet in the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: Grzelcyk is currently in the NHL's concussion protocol, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Grzelcyk has been released from the hospital, but he won't make the trip to St. Louis with his teammates ahead of Game 3, so it's safe to assume he'll miss the Bruins' next two contests at a minimum. John Moore will likely replace Grzelcyk on Boston's bottom pairing for the foreseeable future.
News: Kuraly earned an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 Game 2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Kuraly has been red hot during the postseason, notching three goals and five helpers in 15 playoff appearances, including three points in the Stanley Cup Finals. Despite filling a fourth-line role, the center should continue to log close to the 15:38 of ice time he has been averaging in the postseason. With his hot hand, the 25-year-old could be a solid depth fantasy option the rest of the way.
News: Grzelcyk (undisclosed) won't make the trip to St. Louis for Saturday's Game 3 against the Blues.
Impact: This news doesn't come as a surprise considering Grzelcyk was reportedly taken to the hospital to undergo additional testing after exiting Game 2 with an undisclosed injury. More information regarding Grzelcyk's injury outlook should surface in the coming days, but for now, John Moore or Steve Kampfer will take his spot in the lineup.
News: DeBrusk notched an assist in 14:06 of ice time during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: It was nice to see DeBrusk back on the scoresheet Wednesday, as he had been held pointless in the Bruins' previous three contests. The 22-year-old winger will now look to snap his four-game goalless streak Saturday during Game 3.
News: Rask stopped 34 of 37 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to St. Louis in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Rask's eight-game win streak was snapped with Wednesday's loss but despite that reality, the Finnish netminder's play has been nothing short of remarkable this postseason. He owns a 13-6 record to this point in the playoffs, as well as a 1.91 GAA and .939 save percentage. The loss should do little to shake Rask's confidence as he and his teammates get set to travel to St. Louis for the next two games.
News: Coyle led all Boston forwards in TOI (19:00) and also scored a power-play goal in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to St. Louis in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: With Boston enjoying a 5-on-4 man advantage, Coyle capitalized on a prime scoring opportunity from the high slot by blasting a quick shot by Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, off a nice pass from Jake DeBrusk. The power-play marker gives the Bruins forward 13 points through 19 postseason contests.
News: Nordstrom scored his third goal of the postseason in a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Louis in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday.
Impact: With the game tied 1-1 midway through the first period, Nordstrom scored to give Boston a 2-1 lead. While the hosts would go on to lose Wednesday night's affair, it was nonetheless a positive performance for the fourth-line winger, with Nordstrom recording a team-high five blocks and breaking out of a goal-scoring slump that had reached 11 games.
News: Grzelcyk (undisclosed) went to the hospital for the injury he suffered during Wednesday's Game 2 versus the Blues, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Grzelcyk was holding his head when he went down and required assistance on his way off the ice. Coach Bruce Cassidy didn't have any update on the blueliner's status following the game, but more information should be revealed ahead of Saturday's Game 3. The loss of Grzelcyk for any significant amount of time will force the Bruins to turn to either John Moore or Steve Kampfer as the sixth defenseman.
News: Grzelcyk took a hard check to the head in the first period of Game 2, and hasn't returned for the second period, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Grzelcyk was on the wrong end of an Oscar Sundqvist check from behind at the end of period one, and hasn't returned since. Grzelcyk immediately went down to the ice holding his head and was helped to the locker room. It's unclear if he'll return at some point in the game, but as of now, the Bruins will roll with five defenseman. Connor Clifton could get a bump up to the second-line power play unit as long as Grzelcyk is out.
News: Rask will guard the cage in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Blues in Boston, NHL.com's Tom Gulitti reports.
Impact: Rask wasn't tested much in Game 1, turning aside 18 of 20 shots, but he did enough to help his team earn an eighth straight win and a 1-0 series lead. The Finnish netminder will look to stay sharp and ensure the Bruins maintain home-ice advantage in the series by shooting for his 14th victory of the playoffs.
News: Acciari recorded an assist, three shots, and six hits with a plus-2 rating in Monday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: Acciari has been limited to 13 appearances in the postseason, managing three points, but his line with Sean Kuraly and Joakim Nordstrom produced four points combined Monday. He's up to 47 hits in the postseason as well after the physical performance in Game 1.
News: Nordstrom produced an assist and four hits in Monday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Impact: The Swedish winger has managed five points in 17 postseason games now, averaging 13:14 per contest entering the Cup finals. It's unlikely he'll be a regular contributor on the scoresheet, but his 46 hits in the playoffs do provide another form of fantasy value.