Bad news usually comes in a multiple of three, and yesterday proved no exception to the Boston Bruins. We found out one player was concussed and will be out a week, one player won’t even be allowed to play for us, and we ran out of gas against a desperate and resurging opponent. So, let’s take a quick look at the mess that was yesterday.
1.) Bad News: Brad Marchand has a concussion. Good News: Thankfully, it’s a mild one. Sadly, it means he’s down for at least a week. Between the loss of Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, the Boston Bruins are definitely lacking in the offensive firepower category going into the last few games of the regular season.
2.) Good news: Carl Soderberg wants to play for the Bruins. Bad News: Soderberg’s arrival in Boston has been held up due to the Swedish federation declining to issue Soderberg his transfer card, thereby preventing him from reporting to the NHL. This is problematic, as the Bruins have already signed Soderberg to a three-year contract. Soderberg has also negotiated his release from his team in the Swedish Elite League, Linkoping.
So, now what happens? The NHL is entering a five-day period to determine its next move.(I found this out through the Boston Globe.) The NHL could just go ahead and push Soderberg through anyway. But if that happened and the Swedish federation choses an official protest, then the whole mess will end up in some form of arbitration, and it would guarantee we would not have his services until after the season.
3.) Bad News: Even though Tuukka Rask put on an impressive goalie clinic for all of us who got to watch it last night, he still let in two goals, and that second soft puck was the difference in their 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders. Tyler Seguin did score a goal for us, but overall we had a Bruins team that looked tired, and perhaps maybe even a bit disinterested. More Bad News: The Bruins could have clinched a playoff slot last night with either a win against the Islanders or the Winnipeg Jets earning a loss. Well, we lost 2-1, and the Winnipeg Jets put up seven goals in the shellacking of the Florida Panthers. So, we’ll have to hang on a few more days to see if the Black and Gold get into the playoffs.
Well, there’s always tomorrow Bruins Nation.