Wednesday, October 2, 2013
David Krejci Named Second Assistant Captain for the B's
The 2013-14 NHL regular season started tonight with three games (free Center Ice for a few weeks) but the Bruins will have another day before they open on Thursday (7, NESN) vs. Tampa Bay at TD Garden. Not much news is happening yet with the B's although I did want to pass along this nugget: David Krejci was named the second assistant captain, meaning he'll share the "A" with Chris Kelly.
Of course Zdeno Chara is still the captain and Patrice Bergeron is the alternate captain but head coach Claude Julien needed to pick somebody to fill Andrew Ference's skates (he's now the captain in Edmonton). I would have thought Milan Lucic or Dennis Seidenberg would get the honors since Krejci seems very quiet but apparently he must be good in the dressing room, during practices/games or traveling with his teammates. There is no need to get wrapped up in selections (since we're missing key information) but it is interesting to try and figure them out.
Also, Carl Soderberg's status for Thursday sounds doubtful after he caught his skate in a rut during a preseason game. Boston only carries 13 forwards (1 extra) so if he's out, expect Jordan Caron (ugh) to take his spot on the third line with Kelly and newcomer Reilly Smith (part of the Seguin trade with Dallas).
UPDATE 10/2: The Bruins put defenseman Kevan Miller (that's really how it's spelled) on waivers with the purpose of sending him down to Providnece. Soderberg is out for Thursday-they put him on IR but he could return by Saturday-and Krejci is a game-time decision with back spasms.