Miller out of Bruins lineup tonight in Montreal


Miller out of Bruins lineup tonight in Montreal

MONTREAL – Defenseman Kevan Miller joined the team in Montreal on Friday but won’t be in Bruins lineup on Saturday night against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre and will miss his third game in a row after being “under the weather” earlier this week. 


Miller’s absence has allowed Adam McQuaid to step back into the lineup and play with an impressive lack of rust. McQuaid’s gritty, hungry performance in the past two games combined with the lack of a practice day of Friday led to Bruce Cassidy’s decision to hold Miller out for at least one more game.

Clearly, it’s going to be a tough decision when Cassidy has to make out the lineup card Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils, assuming that all goes well in their final showdown with the Habs in the last of their three meetings in an eight-day stretch.

“[Miller] is feeling better, but we’re going to stick with the lineup for the last two games,” said Cassidy. “[McQuaid] has been very steady. Good on the kill, making the simple plays defends well and plays hard. He’s actually added an offensive dimension from the O-zone blue line, and clearly, he’s been working on it during his time out. It shows, so good for him.

“It’s difficult, but I talked to Kevan about it. He hasn’t really had a full practice. We’re going well. I don’t think it will be a long-term thing, but I make no promises with our lineup about what it’s going to look like on Tuesday. He understands. Adam went through it. It’s a little bit of that competition thing up and down our lineup, and it’s also the benefit of giving him a couple more days [to recover] as well.”

One thing that could happen, perhaps, is a healthy scratch for 20-year-old Brandon Carlo, who has been up-and-down in his second NHL season. He’s got five assists and a plus-9 in 44 games for the Bruins as a stay-at-home partner with Torey Krug. Carlo as appeared tentative at times at both ends of the ice after playing with a really confident air last season.

That being said, his performance certainly hasn’t been bad considering his job is to hold things together defensively while on ice with a high-risk player in Krug. It’s going to be a tough decision for Cassidy, who will probably be second-guessed no matter what he does.

Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Canadiens based on the Saturday morning skate at the Bell Centre:










Bruins trade target Hanifin traded to Calgary

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Bruins trade target Hanifin traded to Calgary

Former Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin, a Bruins trade target who they once tried to trade up to get in the 2015 draft, has been traded from the Carolina Hurricanes to the Calgary Flames in a deal that includes former B's defenseman Dougie Hamilton going to Carolina.

The 'Canes sent center Eric Lindholm and Hanifin, both restricted free agents who rejected Carolina's most recent contract offers, to Calgary for Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and prospect defenseman Adam Fox, who was a third-round pick in 2016 now playing at Harvard,

The Bruins have a longstanding interest in Hanifin that goes back to their efforts to trade up for him in when he was the fifth overall pick three years ago. The Canes likely sought Bruins left winger Jake DeBrusk in the hefty package they were seeking for Hanifin. 




Bruins choose Swedish D-man, Czech forward with first two picks

Bruins choose Swedish D-man, Czech forward with first two picks

DALLAS – On the second day, the Bruins finally got involved in the NHL draft at the American Airlines Center and made a few picks. The day started in the second round (57th overall) with the B’s selecting young Swedish defenseman Axel Andersson from Djugardens, a 6-foot, 183-pounder from the Swedish junior leagues who's put up pretty good offensive numbers with what’s said to be pretty good skating ability.

"It meant a lot to me and my family," Anderson said. "My mom is in tears right now, and we just hugged each other. It was a big day for me."

In the third round (77th overall), the Bruins took Czech center/left wing Jakub Lauko, who played for Team Czech in the World Junior tournament this past season. Lauko, 18, is 6-foot, 179 pounds and is a speedy, tenacious forward from the assorted scouting reports on him. Lauko was expected to be drafted higher than the third round and certainly didn’t lack for confidence in saying he’s one of the fastest skaters in the draft.

“My speed is my biggest strength. I think I’m one of the fastest players in the draft, so I want to use my speed to help a team like Boston,” said Lauko, who said he only spoke with the Bruins scouts at the NHL combine earlier this month in Buffalo. “[Detroit Red Wings'] Dylan Larkin is the same like me. He’s a really fast guy that likes the breakaways. I think in this way we are the same.”

Lauko compared himself to Larkin and the speed game is certainly one that the Bruins are continually interested in with their prospects.

There was a very funny moment when the Czech-born Lauko was asked what his parents do (for a living), and he misunderstood the question and answered: “I don’t know? Maybe they will drink tonight.”

In the fourth round (119th overall), the Bruins took big center Curtis Hall, a 6-foot-3, 191-pounder who's committed to Yale next season and who scored 13 goals and 31 points in 54 games last season for the USHL Youngstown Phantoms.  

In the sixth round with the 181st pick, the Bruins selected 6-2, 188-pound defenseman Dustyn McFaul out of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. McFaul is considered a strong two-way D-men with good size and skating ability and is committed to play at Clarkson University. 

With their final pick (seventh round, No. 212), the Bruins selected forward Pavel Shen, 18, from Russia. The 6-1, 183-pounder got into 29 KHL games last season with 12 goals and 14 assists, which is impressive considering his age.