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Studnicka Gets Call for Depleted Boston Bruins Team



BRIGHTON, Mass – The Boston Bruins have begun to put together a lineup that’s going to be missing quite a few key pieces against the Carolina Hurricanes.

For just the second time this season, the Boston Bruins will be without any members of the 2011 Stanley Cup team with Patrice Bergeron injured, Brad Marchand suspended and goaltender Tuukka Rask announcing his retirement this week. It means that rookie Jack Studnicka will be back up with the Boston Bruins and suiting up against Carolina while centering Trent Frederic and Nick Foligno in a bit of a bottom-6 role.

The 22-year-old Studnicka has six goals and 19 points in 27 games for the P-Bruins, but also has a minus-9 rating amidst some issues with two-way play at times. At the NHL level, Studnicka has an assist in five games but hasn’t been able to truly carve out a niche for himself after enjoying a strong training camp prior to the season.

“[Studnicka] has got to play to who the people are around him, but still be true to himself,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “Obviously playing with Frederic and Foligno is a little more straight-line hockey. You play behind the ‘D’ when the situation dictates and make a play when you have time and space. Be good defensively when you’re a center. Do your job and help the team win, essentially. Nobody is going to replace [Bergeron] and nobody is going to replace [Marchand]. Win your share of puck battles; that’s always been a challenge for him because it’s a heavier league and we’re playing against a fast, heavy team [in Carolina]. He’s been better in Providence as of late, so hopefully he’s coming up here in a good frame of mind.”

Otherwise, the Boston Bruins also called up defenseman Tyler Lewington from Providence while sending Oskar Steen down to Providence to make room on the NHL roster. Patrice Bergeron remains out with a laceration to the back of his head and potentially a concussion with no timetable for his return following Tuesday night’s collision with Sidney Crosby.

Here are the projected Boston Bruins line combos and D-pairings based on Tuesday’s optional skate at TD Garden:





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Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston,, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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I’m always of the mindset that things happen for a reason. In less than 24 hours you had a Rask retirement, Bergeron injury , and Brad being Brad
This is a sign that it’s time to rebuild and stock on some picks / prospects and not go for it this year. They don’t have “it “ this year and don’t even see going by first round. There is no Stanley cup aspirations for this group. Time to face the music


By his lack of commitment to an early contract extension, Patrice was sending signals that Sweeney has yet to pick up on. Rask was as good as gone, as was Kreci. Marchand, Hall, and Smith aren’t going to do it with what’s left of the talent behind them on the forwards roster. If Sweeney doesn’t do something really big before the trade deadline, give it up, go play golf and better luck next year.


I’m glad to see Jack finally get ice time, not under the ideal circumstances, but he gets the opportunity to play his position. Long overdue to bring up some of the talent that we have with farm team. We have to give these guys opportunities to play to develop their game and learn from the pros! Good luck Jack!

Rick W Murray

The bruins prospect pool is one of the weakest in hockey, poor drafting poor judgement, miscalculations, etc have landed this team in a heap of trouble with Brad gone Bergy injured Rask finished they are no sources to draw on I was so optimistic Swayman was the man I really thought Rask was expendable to begin with, now we can only pray that incompetent idiot Sweeney can get Krecji back in the fold and trade for a big name d those two moves the return of Patrice and Brad and improved play of Swayman should be enough to make the… Read more »

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