Forwards Anton Blidh and Paul Carey were the only players left out of the Phase 3 return-to-play camp as the Bruins squad boarded a plane Sunday afternoon to Toronto Hub City.
“Everyone has worked hard to get to this point and can’t wait to get to Toronto,” Cassidy said. “I think we’ve been treated well and now have a job to do. We try to do our part for the good of the game. We are grateful for the opportunity to be healthy and for the chance to participate. I think every team would say the same, so let’s go ahead and let the better team win.
Get the latest news and analysis on all your NBC Sports Boston teams by downloading the My Teams app
Cassidy said that Ondrej Kase was unlikely to travel with the rest of the squad in his absence due to his ‘inability to participate’, but he was obviously still included in the roster even if he ended up joining. the team later. Dated. David Pastrnak and Nick Ritchie, who had missed a considerable amount of time at camp, were both scheduled to fly with the Bruins on Sunday.
The decision to cut Carey was not surprising as he is a veteran journeyman who had limited advantage for this Bruins group, especially with the inclusion of young forwards like Jack Studnicka, Zach Senyshyn and Trent Frederic on the roster. Blidh’s move is a bit more surprising considering the scrappy Swedish forward has had a few looks with Boston over the past few seasons. His physical, adversarial style of play could have been a good choice for the playoffs if that was a direction Boston wanted to take.
The Bruins appear to have a lot of depth when it comes to fourth-row forwards, however, with Sean Kuraly, Chris Wagner, Par Lindholm, Joakim Nordstrom, Karson Kuhlman and Frederic all filling those kinds of roles over the next several months.
The good news for the Bruins is that they are well stocked as a goalie with the Tuukka Rask / Jaroslav Halak duo with Dan Vladar and Kyle Keyser, and they have had very few absences or issues at camp among their group of 10 defenders. Continuity and depth on the back end should be a real strength for Black and Gold during the playoffs provided they can stay healthy once the games begin.
Here’s the Phase 4 roster for the Bruins with the NHL setting looking to Toronto next week for the Black & Gold along with the other 11 teams in the Eastern Conference:
Attackers: Patrice Bergeron, Anders Bjork, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, Trent Frederic, Ondrej Kase, David Krejci, Karson Kuhlman, Sean Kuraly, Par Lindholm, Brad Marchand, Joakim Nordstrom, David Pastrnak, Nick Ritchie, Zach Senyshyn, Jack Studnicka, Chris Wagner
Defenders: Brandon Carlo, Zdeno Chara, Connor Clifton, Matt Grzelcyk, Torey Krug, Jeremy Lauzon, Charlie McAvoy, John Moore, Urho Vaakanainen, Jakub Zboril
Goalkeepers: Jaroslav Halak, Maxime Lagace, Tuukka Rask, Dan Vladar.