The Boston Bruins will be losing Zdeno Chara for several games due to his selection as the flag bearer for his home country of Slovakia in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. His absence will be felt by the defensemen, as they have been hit the strongest by the injuries that have hit hard this year. To make up for the their captain’s departure, the Bruins have decided to recall Providence blueliner David Warsofsky to take part with the team for practice until Chara heads to Russia.
“When you look at what Zee has done for this club, I think it’s an easy decision to make, because you’re carrying your country’s flag at the Olympics,” told Coach Claude Julien to the media. (Julien had made these comments back on January 16th, when Slovakia had announced that Chara would carry the flag. He knew what a singular honor it would be for Chara, and the organization felt he had more than earned to miss a few games because of the honor.”Even if he misses a game and maybe two, I think that’s the least we can do for a guy who’s given us so much since he’s been here.”
Warsofsky had played for the Bruins before. In his previous four games, he earned one goal with seven shots on net. He’s even on the plus/minus chart, and has been a solid presence when he was asked to help out in the past. Julien figured to recall him now due to travel restraints for the AHL Bruins. “Providence left for St. John’s today so they’re gone for the week, so it was important to have him with us here and gives him a chance to practice with us for a little bit before Zee leaves,” said Julien.
Chara will be missed for the game against the St.Louis Blues, but Warsofsky’s ready to pick up the slack for the Black and Gold. He’s also happy to have another shot in Boston. “I think we were all wondering what was going to happen with that situation, so luckily I got the call, and I’m just looking to make the most of it,” Warsofsky said following the skate.