The Boston Bruins are down Dennis Seidenberg with surgery to start their 2015-2016 season.
They’ve also been down Zdeno Chara at times, who’s been dealing with a lingering injury since pre-season.
Now, they’re down Joe Morrow — and blue liner Tommy Cross has gotten the call-up from the Providence Bruins for the first time in his pro hockey career.
Morrow is a former first round draft selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he was actually a part of the Tyler Seguin trade — he was packaged with Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, and Reilly Smith just a few months after he was sent from the Penguins to the Dallas Stars in the Brenden Morrow trade. He’s now appeared in a combined 18 NHL games, all with the Bruins, and he’s found the back of the net once — while the Bruins undoubtedly would like to see more than that would of the blue liner, they won’t get a chance to right now.
The Bruins announced that Morrow is out battling the flu, which is what earned Cross the call-up right before the team set out for their two-game road trip out west. Cross, a former standout from the Boston College lineup, is on an extension with the Bruins following the culmination of his first entry-level deal with the club — a good showing if he makes it out onto the ice with Boston a few times this year could earn him a raise on that deal he got this summer.
They’ll first face off against the Colorado Avalanche, playing their first game against the Central Division franchise on Wednesday night — then they’re heading to Glendale, Arizona, where they’ll face off against the surprisingly strong-starting Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.
It’s already been a tough year for the Bruins, who dropped to 0-3-0 in their first three games of the regular season on a short homestand to open up their year. Adding in another blue liner who’s never seen NHL ice is going to be tough — but hopefully , it won’t all be bad.
In addition to the announcement that the Bruins have placed Morrow on injured reserve (and will leave him home for the road trip), Boston has announced that Brad Marchand will be travelling. The undersized winger hasn’t been cleared to play yet following a concussion earlier last week, but he says he ‘feels good with where he is’ and there’ always the hope that he’ll get a chance to take the ice against the Coyotes on Saturday. Last season, Marchand recorded a two-goal game against Arizona early in the season, then followed up with a goal and an assist in the second of a two-game season series against the Pacific Division club.