The dust has settled and the final 23 have been chosen. The Boston Bruins wrote out their roster to begin the season and submitted it to the NHL offices for the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday night. And with that, ending the three-week training camp that opened up with spots to fill and jobs to be had.
Here’s some thoughts of the 23-man list sent to Bettman & Co.:
*The biggest surprise of all was the placing of No. 1 center David Krejci on injured reserve to begin the season. By NHL rules, injured reserve requires a player to sit out seven days. With the assignment being retroactive to Saturday night’s preseason finale against the Detroit Red Wings, where he left in the second period with an undisclosed injury. Therefore, he will be eligible to return on Monday’s Garden matinee with the Colorado Avalanche, the game No. 4 on the B’s schedule.
*The likely adjustment Claude Julien will make to his Opening Night lineup will be moving Carl Soderberg to Krejci’s spot, centering Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson. Soderberg brings a strong, physical two-way game. The third line was at its best in 2013-14 when Soderberg and Eriksson were skating together. The Soderberg/Eriksson pairing will better suit Eriksson, a left-handed shot coming down the right side. Soderberg, a lefty stick as opposed to the right-handed Krejci, will be breaking the zone with the forehand of his blade to Eriksson.
*Another option, though an unlikely one, is Ryan Spooner. Spooner, with his speed, skill and creativity could bring an interesting dynamic to that line. That said, he’s not good at the faceoff dot and even worse when the puck isn’t on his own tape.
*Gregory Campbell and Anthony Camara were placed on the non-roster injured reserve. Because neither player was on the club’s active roster to begin camp (Campbell is recovering from a mid-core injury), the Bruins won’t be penalized a roster spot as a result, according to the CBA.
*The big story was 32-year-old Bobby Robins breaking camp with the team. Little surprise, however, as Robins had a strong camp, following up what was his best season since joining the organization in 2011. He brings the grittiness and snarl that Shawn Thornton brought to the fourth line. Fans shouldn’t only expect him to see action, but to stick with the team for much of the season.
*Malcolm Subban and Brian Ferlin were recalled from Providence. A stay will likely last a matter of days, moves simply to bring the roster to the 23-man limit. There’s a good chance Subban will be sent back down for Friday’s P-Bruins opener against St. John’s.
*And of course, the biggest surprise of all, Marc Savard was placed on long-term injured reserve. He comes off the books after the 2016-17 season.