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Grzelcyk, Trade Target, Edwards & More

Matt Grzelcyk Boston Bruins

In the latest edition of Boston Bruins News & Rumors, as if one injured defenseman wasn’t bad enough, another one goes down with an injury in the first game of their four-game Western Canada road trip Wednesday night (Feb. 21). Game two will be Wednesday night (Feb. 22) with a game against a potential trade target that would help the Black and Gold’s defense and Boston play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards opens up about his health.

Matt Grzelcyk Goes Down Early vs. Edmonton

Just over three minutes into the first period against the Oilers, Matt Grzelcyk was slashed on his ankle by Edmonton’s Zach Hyman and went down along the boards in the Bruins’ defensive zone. Hyman was given a penalty and Boston chased in with a Morgan Geekie power-play goal. However, Grzelcyk did not return to the game and they had to finish the final 57 minutes and overtime with just five defensemen.

Matt Grzelcyk, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

In the second period, the Bruins announced that Grzelcyk was not returning to the game with a lower-body injury, which was not surprising since he needed help getting off the ice. Following the game, coach Jim Montgomery said that his left-shot blue liner is day-to-day (from ‘Bruins win wild one in Edmonton, 6-5, in OT,’ Boston Herald, Feb. 22, 2024). This comes just over 48 hours after Hampus Lindholm went down with an injury in the third period against the Dallas Stars in a 4-3 nine-round shootout victory. In Lindholm’s place, Mason Lohrei was called up from the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League (AHL). He logged over 23 minutes and had three assists in the 6-5 overtime win over the Oilers.

Bruins Face Potential Trade Target in Calgary

There is a lot of trade chatter surrounding the Calgary Flames, especially after they traded center Elias Lindholm to the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 1. There are other players that could be moved before the March 8 trade deadline and Boston general manager (GM) Don Sweeney would be interested in one of them who you have to think is a huge trade target of Sweeney.

Related: Bruins Recall Mason Lohrei from Providence

It’s no secret that the Bruins are having issues with the left side of their defense, which is compounded even more with injuries to Hampus Lindholm and Grzelcyk, while Derek Forbort has struggled lately and on the ice for a lot of goals. Boston will get a second look at Noah Hanifin of the Flames and you have to think that Sweeney is going to kick the tires more…

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