The Bruins’ plans to find a new right wing for David Krejci have been altered.
General manager Don Sweeney told reporters in Buffalo at Monday’s final day of the Prospects Challenge that Krejci won’t be accompanying teammates who leave on Tuesday for China to start training camp and play two preseason games against the Flames. Krejci, who can’t travel to China because of what Sweeney said was “a visa issue that came up,” will instead remain with a group that opens training camp in Boston on Thursday.
Krejci, unable to find permanent wingers for the last several seasons, developed chemistry last year with rookie Jake DeBrusk, but didn’t have a full-time right wing. A late-season trade for veteran Rick Nash didn’t produce the desired results and Nash, now an unsigned free agent, hasn’t determined if he’ll continue his career.
Krejci had been expected to have David Pastrnak, who led the B’s last season with 35 goals, and rookie Ryan Donato among those auditioning for the job at right wing in China.
Sweeney said the B’s will take Colby Cave, who has spent the last three seasons at AHL Providence, in Krejci’s place.
Around the boards
Sweeney announced that veteran NHL forwards Lee Stempniak and Daniel Winnik had agreed to Professional Tryout Agreements. Stempniak, 35, has played for 10 NHL teams, including the Bruins late in 2015-16 (3-7 — 10 in 19 games), over a 13-year career. Winnik, 33, has played for nine NHL teams over 11 seasons, most recently with the Wild last year. … Leaving most of those who will travel to China out of the lineup, the Bruins’ rookies dropped a 6-2 decision to the Devils on Monday morning to complete the Prospects Challenge with a 2-1 record.
Published at Tue, 11 Sep 2018 04:13:46 +0000