The Boston Bruins are set to make a roster move but it seems like the organization may be having a difficult time figuring out which decision is the right one.
As most Bruins fans will know by now the organization made a surprising announcement on Friday when they revealed that star goaltender Tuukka Rask would be taking a "leave of absence" from the organization for undisclosed personal reasons. The decision caught many members of the fan base completely off guard, especially coming off the heels of 8 rather mediocre performances from Rask in goal this season and has left the Bruins with a rather big hole to fill between the pipes.
Fortunately for the Bruins the offseason pick up of veteran goaltender Jaroslav Halak now appears to be one of the shrewdest offseason moves made by any National Hockey League franchise. Halak has been outstanding in net for the Bruins with a 1.96 goals against average and a .936 save percentage through 9 games this season but he can't play both the backup and starting role at the same time.
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Bruins are likely to call up Zane McIntyre or Daniel Vladar up from the Providence Bruins and a report from Mark Divver of the Providence Journal would appear to confirm that.
Providence Bruins add goalie Sean Bonar on a PTO. Former Princeton goalie has been with Atlanta of ECHL. Spent some preseason time with PBs.
The issue for the Bruins here is that neither goaltender has been particularly strong for Providence this season and many blame the poor goaltending in Providence for the current struggles of the baby Bruins. There's no doubt that Vladar has been the better of the two thus far but he has also looked shaky at times and made mistakes that you can't simply have from an NHL goaltender.
The Bruins are set to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the Garden which makes the lack of a call up thus far all the more confusing, but it may simply be that general manager Don Sweeney is having a hard time making a decision in that regard. It could be that the Bruins have something else in the works as well but we've heard no rumblings to suggest that at this time.