The Bruins have signed Jaroslav Halak to a one-year, $2.25 million contract extension.
Halak was 18-6-6 with a 2.39 GAA and .919 SV% in 31 games before the NHL season was paused. Since joining the Bruins in 2019, Halak has been among the league's best netminders. In his 71 appearances, he's gone 40-17-10 while ranking fifth in the NHL in GAA (2.36) and tied for fifth in SV% (.921). The Bruins aren't young between the pipes but the Halak--Tuukka Rask has ranked second in the league in GAA (2.49) over the last two seasons.
The Bruins have signed Jack Ahcan to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Ahcan was an undrafted free-agent defenseman out of St. Cloud State. The 22-year-old led all team defensemen with 25 points (7G / 18A) in 33 games. Ahcan will likely join the Providence Bruins (AHL) next season.
The Bruins signed Nick Wolff to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Wolff was an undrafted free agent defenseman from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In his senior season, Wolff failed to record a goal while piling up 10 assists in 33 games.
The Bruins signed Jeremy Swayman to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Boston picked Swayman in the fourth-round (No.111 overall) in 2017 and the 21-year-old netminder just finished his junior season at the University of Maine. The Anchorage, Alaska native was 18-11-5 with a 2.07 GAA and .939 SV%, which ranked second-best in the NCAA.
Clifton (upper-body) will return to the Bruins lineup on Tuesday.
Clifton has been out since December 29th but he will play Tuesday in Philadelphia with Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo both out with upper-body injuries. Clifton skated with Matt Grzelcyk in Monday's practice and comes into Tuesday's game with just two goals in 30 games.
Rask will start Saturday vs. the Maple Leafs.
Halak will start Friday in Buffalo.
Rask will start Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Rask allowed four goals on 24 shots in the Bruins loss to the Lightning on Saturday. The loss snapped a brief two-game winning streak for Rask, who comes into Philadelphia at 11-6-0 with a 2.21 GAA, .927 SV% and one shutout on the road this season. For the Flyers, they come in on a nine-game winning streak while averaging 4.33 goals per game.
Carlo (upper-body) will not play in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Carlo will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury, leaving the Bruins without two of their top-4 defensemen with Torey Krug also out. Carlo is day-to-day heading into the Bruins Friday/Saturday back-to-back.
Krug (upper-body) will not play in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Krug was in a few tussles during the Bruins loss to the Lightning on Saturday and is dealing with an upper-body injury heading into Tuesday's game. With Krug out, Connor Clifton will play for the first time since December 29th. Consider Krug as day-to-day heading into Friday's game in Buffalo.
Carlo (upper-body) will not play Saturday vs. the Lightning.
Carlo took an elbow to the head from Evgeni Dadonov on Thursday and did not return to the game. Carlo is likely in concussion protocol and will not be available for Saturday's game vs. Tampa Bay. John Moore will draw into the Bruins lineup and skate with Torey Krug.
Rask will start Saturday vs. the Lightning.
Rask stopped 20 of 21 shots in the Bruins win in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. After an ugly two-game stretch in late-February, Rask has won two straight while stopping 45 of the 46 shots (.978 SV%) that he has faced. He is 1-1-1 with a 2.30 GAA and .920 SV% in three games against the Lightning this season.
Marchand (illness) is on the ice for warmups; expected to play in Tampa Bay.
Source: Matt Porter 03/3/20, 7:03 pm EST
Marchand (illness) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.
Marchand missed the Bruins morning skate and will be a game-time decision vs. the Lightning. With Marchand under the weather, Jake DeBrusk moved to the top line in the morning skate.
Halak will start Thursday in Florida.
Halak allowed three goals on 34 shots in the Bruins win over the Stars last Thursday. Halak is riding a six-game winning streak, posting a solid 2.24 GAA and .916 SV%. Tonight he'll face the Panthers for the second time this season--he stopped 31 of 33 shots in a 4-2 win in Florida back in mid-December.
Rask will start Tuesday in Tampa Bay.
Rask stopped all 25 shots that he faced in the Bruins shutout win over the Islanders on Saturday. The win snapped an ugly two-game losing streak for Rask, who will start for the fourth time in five games on Tuesday. Rask is looking for his first win over the Lightning, having gone 0-1-1 while giving up six goals on 67 shots (.910 SV%) in his first two starts against them in 2020.
Rask will start Saturday against the Islanders.
Rask allowed four goals on 30 shots in the Bruins 5-2 loss to the Flames on Tuesday. Rask’s last two starts have not gone very well, giving up a combined 10 goals on just 57 shots (.825 SV%). He’ll look to get back on-track against an Islanders team that he has played well against this season—going 1-0-1 while stopping 54 of the 58 shots (.931 SV%) that he’s faced.
Wagner (upper-body) is day-to-day; will not play on Saturday.
Wagner was forced to leave Thursday's game vs. the Stars in a scuffle with Mattias Janmark and did not return. Wagner was not on the ice for Friday's practice and will not travel to New York for Saturday's game. It's unclear whether or not he will accompany the team to Florida next week.
Source: Conor Ryan 02/28/20, 1:08 pm EST
Kase (illness) will make his Bruins debut on Thursday.
Kase will play for the first time since February 7th and the first time in a Bruins uniform. Kase, who has just seven goals in 49 games, had impressive shot volume (2.8 SOG/gm) while playing under 17 minutes per game in Anaheim. Skating on the second line with David Krejci should help Kase maintain that shot volume and maybe improve on it, making him a strong waiver wire pickup.
Source: @NHLBruins 02/27/20, 1:35 pm EST