With Milan Lucic being put on long term injured reserve with a broken index finger on his right hand and his team mired in a sluggish 3-4 start to the season, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has decided to be proactive in an effort to solve the problem.

It started on Sunday. Lucic went on IR (out 4-6 weeks) and the dominoes started falling. First off, scrappy (but underperforming) winger Chuck Kobasew was shipped to the Minnesota Wild for two players and a draft pick. The players are both forwards, Craig Weller, a 6-4 220 lb. journeyman right wing with 4 career NHL goals, and Alexander Fallstrom, a Swedish born fourth round pick of the Wild’s currently in his freshman year at Harvard. The pick is a second rounder in 2011.

Good Luck Chuck

Not a bad haul but, then again, Chuck had had a fairly decent season last year scoring 21 goals and helping anchor a gritty, in your face third line unit with Patrice Bergeron. With only one point on the young season and a need to clear cap space, Kobasew (making $2.33 mil) became a necessary sacrifice in the chess game Chiarelli was about to play with his roster but there’s a good chance some of his grit and scoring will be missed.

Next move, the recall of three forwards from Providence. Vladimir Sobotka, Brad Marchand and Guillame Lefevbre were all called up to the big club adding depth options for Claude Julien and, perhaps, helping light a fire on some of the other underperforming forwards who could see some fresh faces ready and eager to step into an empty slot.

But Chiarelli wasn’t done yet. Today, yet another move as the B’s pick up Daniel Paille from the Buffalo Sabres for a couple of mid-level draft picks. Paille is 25 years old and was the Sabres 1st round pick in 2002 (20th overall) and has scored 35 career goals in his four plus years in the Buffalo organization. At 6 foot 197 lbs. he’s solid and plays the body well but is unlikely to drop the gloves at any point.

Welcome To Boston Daniel

It seems the B’s are replacing Kobasew’s slot on the third line with Paille and, while certainly losing a bit of talent, are gaining a million dollars in salary cap room (Paille makes $1.3 million). This allows the team to carry an extra forward or two to help with depth, etc.

A lot to take in, I know, and it remains to be seen how it will play out. I’m not even sure what the line-up will look like tomorrow night when the B’s face Nashville at the Garden. There is likely to be at least 2 forwards making their Boston debut then and, hopefully, it will bring a renewed energy to the team and the atmosphere in the building.

Can’t wait to find out.


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One Response to “Ch-Ch-Changes”

  1. Henry S. Says:

    That’s a lot of moves in three days. Looks like the Bruins GM really wants a shake up. Paille is not an even replacement for Kobasew. I think the B’s will be hurting for goals now. With Kessel and Kobasew gone and Looch out thats about 75 goals missing from last year’s line-up. Ouch.

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