BOSTON – The Bruins have made it through the NHL trade deadline, and are settling back into what their roster will look like on Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames.

Both Joonas Kemppainen and Max Talbot will be headed to the AHL and the Providence Bruins after the deadline, and Zac Rinaldo has also been assigned to the AHL as he prepares for his Tuesday hearing with the Department of Player Safety for a check to the head on Cedric Paquette. It seems there are no guarantees that any of those players will be called back up to the NHL club, although it would be surprising if Rinaldo is buried in Providence after the B’s spent a third round pick on him last summer.  

“As I mentioned yesterday it was about getting ahead of the deadline with some flexibility that may, or may not, have been required,” said Sweeney. “Very difficult conversations that we had to have with the players at the time, and now I’ll sit with Claude [Julien] tonight and spend some time to look at our roster going forward.

“You have to manage the recall situation, and now it’s about putting forth the best possible team that we can every night to win our hockey games, and get us where we want to be.”

Either way, Sweeney was hopeful that this group will now come together with 20 games remaining, and provide something of a playoff run given the investment of draft picks into the veteran players at the deadline. With the acquisitions of Lee Stempniak and John-Michael Liles, here’s an early projection of what the line combos and D-pairings may look like on Tuesday night:







Chara-K. Miller