Bruins: ‘No Update’ on Taylor Hall Injury Amidst Return Reports
BRIGHTON, MA – It’s getting to be the time of year when injuries become vague items of dispute with NHL teams looking to engage in subterfuge with the Stanley Cup playoffs approaching, and the Boston Bruins are no different than any of the other 31 hockey clubs.
So it’s interesting to note that reports are beginning to vary wildly on winger Taylor Hall, who was believed to have suffered a lower body injury that was going to keep him out for the rest of the regular season. The injuries to Hall and Nick Foligno, who was seen limping around TD Garden on Thursday night with a leg brace and a crutch, in fact spurred the B’s to go out and deal for Red Wings winger Tyler Bertuzzi ahead of the NHL trade deadline.
There was talk about a second opinion on the injury last week and now it appears the optimism of an early return has taken one step further.
But now there is a Boston Globe report that Hall is pushing to a return to the ice, which is going to happen on Monday while the Boston Bruins are out on a five game road swing that will take them through Detroit, Chicago, Minnesota, Winnipeg and Buffalo. The report goes on to state that Hall could return to playing by the end of the road trip, but will be held out of back-to-back situations for the rest of the regular season.
This is good news for the Boston Bruins if it’s indeed 100 percent accurate, but it didn’t sound like the B’s were embracing that report on Friday morning.
“What we’re expecting is for Taylor Hall to hopefully be an option come playoff-time,” said Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery after Friday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “We don’t have an update there different than that. Same thing [with Foligno]. They both have suffered pretty significant lower body injuries and it’s just going to take time.”
The unspoken part about all this is that Hall’s $6 million cap hit is currently on LTIR and a move back to the NHL roster would require Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney to free up a couple of million in salary cap space for a B’s team that has no cap room right now. That’s no easy feat post-deadline if the Bruins roster is close to full health at the time of Hall’s imminent return.
In their absence, Tyler Bertuzzi was skating on the second line with David Krejci and David Pastrnak at Friday’s practice and Pavel Zacha was getting a turn with Charlie Coyle and Trent Frederic as an option on a possible shutdown line role in the postseason.
Hall should be scoring a lot more, considering his pedigree and the amount of dough he received but still he is an intregal part of the third line we get him back imagine if you will Coyle sandwiched between Hall and Bertuzzi. That will be a lethal third line. Scary!
Yes I agree. His speed and play making trump his goal production, he will score goals but I really like the other intangibles he brings. Speed and play making plus he can be a match up concern for other teams. And can play on 2nd and 3rd line wing.
Cap space will be a huge challenge and a mess for the Bruins right now. I’m sure they thought about this and have a contingency plan. Grze to the minors until playoffs or another injury?
That be the option. I like the guy but always concerned about his size. Has great ability, but I remember finals against Blues. Had hard time with physical players got knocked off the puck way to many times.
I heard and read Foligno will go on LTIR if Hall is coming back before the beginning of the playoffs. If that’s true then the Bruins lines will be something like this: 1: Marchand, Bergeron and DeBrusk 2: Hall, Krejci and Pastrnak 3: Zacha, Coyle and Bertuzzi 4: Nosek, Frederic and Hathaway Extra Skaters: Foligno, Koppanen, Lauko Defensive pairings Left Defense. Right Defense. Lindholm McAvoy Orlov Carlo Forbort Clifton Zboril Stalman Reilly Grzelcyk I just hope the team remembers the teammates like Zboril, Koppanen, Lauko, Reilly, Stalman and Steen. Foligno might be push either Nosek or Frederic for playing time,… Read more »
Sorry , there’s a few holes in your line-up as any seasoned Bruin fan would know.
Koppanen is not in the equation anymore
Nosek is a far better center, and thus would center the 4th line
Grzelcyk is not on the 5th pairing of D, as much as I agree with you on that
Otherwise you nailed it, lol
I didn’t mean to omit Greer, I like him a lot. Foligno won’t be back next year unless he takes the veterans minimum, Greer should be back next season and Lauko will be back as well. As much as fans like Nosek, he might not be back depending on cap space. If the Bruins win it all, Krejci and Bergeron will be back. I would like the Bruins to keep Hathaway, Bertuzzi, Greer and Lauko. Bertuzzi’s contract might not fit under the cap, it all depends on the cap space. The 4th line might look something like this Greer, Koppanen… Read more »