The Bruins signed Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year deal worth $700K.
Gustavsson, who was with the Bruins on a PTO, won the Bruins’ backup job by going 1-1-0 with a 2.07 GAA and .923 SV% in two preseason games. In six NHL seasons, Gustavsson is 60-55-21 with a 2.89 GAA and .901 SV% between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings.
Chara (upper-body) skated again on Friday; remains day-to-day with no timetable for return.
Chara has been out for over a week and has yet to join the Bruins for full practice yet. The Bruins are already without Dennis Seidenberg and they traded Dougie Hamilton, so they can’t afford to have Chara miss anytime at all. However, given his progress to this point, it seems unlikely that he will be ready for the season opener.
The Bruins sent Alex Khokhlachev to Providence (AHL).
Khokhlachev, 22, was expected to have a great chance to make the Bruins team out of training camp. The 2011 second round pick (40th overall) had 15 goals and 28 assists (43 points) in 61 games with Providence last season and that’s where he will start the 2015-16 season.
Chara suffered an upper-body injury last Thursday, but returned to the ice this morning. He was unable to join his team for full practice, but he did skate by himself which is an encouraging sign for Bruins’ fans and Chara owners. He is progressing towards and appearance in the Bruins’ season opener, but continue to monitor his status throughout the next week.
Chara left Thursday’s preseason game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
The Bruins blueline is starting to fall apart before the season even arrives. It was already looking relatively thin after the Dougie Hamilton trade, but then Dennis Seidenberg had back surgery and Chara has gone down. There is no word on the severity of Chara’s injury, but the Bruins can not afford to lose their big defenseman for any period of time.
Seidenberg will undergo back surgery and is expected to miss the next eight weeks.
After trading Dougie Hamilton this summer, the Bruins were already coming in with a weaker blueline than last season and now Seidenberg will be out of commission until late-November. Seidenberg had 14 points (3G / 11A) in 82 games with the Bruins last season. Seidenberg's injury could open the door for 22-year-old Colin Miller to make the opening day roster.
Griffith sprained his left knee in the Bruins preseason opener. Griffith had 10 points (6G / 4A) in 30 games with the Bruins last season and was poised to battle for a roster spot in training camp. This injury will likely force Griffith to start in the AHL, where he had 31 points (12G / 19A) in 39 games a season ago.
The Bruins have signed Jonas Gustavsson to a professional tryout (PTO).
Gustavsson was limited to just seven games last year because of a shoulder injury and concussion concerns. The emergence of Petr Mrazek ended his days with the Red Wings, but he finds himself in Boston where he will try to land a job as Tuukka Rask’s backup. He will compete with Malcolm Subban and Jeremy Smith for that spot.