The Bruins left the relative safety of their bubble in Boston, Warrior Ice Arena, and traveled by bus, then by plane on to the bubble city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
— NHL (@NHL) July 26, 2020
On Saturday, the final 31 skater roster (20 forwards, 10 defensemen, 4 goalies) had to be submitted to the NHL along with the 20 other Bruins personnel that will be traveling with the team and supporting them through the playoffs. The player roster was announced on Sunday.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 26, 2020
Paul Carey and Anton Blidh were the last minute cuts from a roster that has seen little skating time by David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase. Pasta isn’t the one to worry about; Kase has only played 6 games with the Black and Gold. Pasta and Nick Ritchie, who has spent time being sidelined with an injury, were reportedly on the plane to Toronto.
Cassidy said that he believes Pastrnak + Ritchie will be traveling to Toronto on Sunday.
He’s not sure about Kase.
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) July 25, 2020
However, this very good boy, Otto McAvoy, was not on the travel roster.
— Charlie McAvoy (@CMcAvoy44) July 26, 2020
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) July 26, 2020
The NHL doesn’t get how dogs make everything better, including being stuck in a hotel for 10 weeks. However, the NHL did do something right: they personalized hotel rooms in special ways.
It appears the NHL dressed up players’ hotel rooms with family photos: pic.twitter.com/jEN3c8kaH2
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) July 26, 2020
And they even took player suggestions as to what would make them more comfortable while staying an indefinite time away from family and from their usual activities.
Upon arrival in the NHL “bubble” hotel rooms, each player will receive a 60-page handbook detailing everything about bubble life, from maps to amenities. NHL worked closely with players in tailoring “bubble” life to their suggestions.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 25, 2020
In Edmonton, their are multiple lounges where players can hang out and decompress. It’s probably similar in Toronto.
— NHL (@NHL) July 26, 2020
Obviously the NHL gets that it’s important to keep players as occupied as possible within the areas in which they are allowed so that no one breaks the bubble potentially bringing everything down. On Friday, they gave a presentation about the amenities that teams will have access to during their stay including restaurants, movie theatres, and BMO Field for outdoor activities.
As for players, it seems the popular
accessory downtime item is a guitar.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 27, 2020
In each bubble, 12 hockey teams and personnel will stay in 2 hotels, which means players will eventually see each other in passing. Torey Krug said that he can’t be friendly with his pals from other teams right now. Brad Marchand said that he will walk in the opposite direction from other teams’ players while Patrice said that saying hello doesn’t mean that they’ll roll over backwards on the ice. It sounds like the Bruins will stick together in a pack.
Speaking of Torey Krug: time is up for the Bruins to offer a deal before he hit free agency. Krug spoke with the media on Friday and voiced the possibility that this might be his last cup run with this group.
“It’s no secret that this could potentially could be the last run I have at the Cup with this group.”
“I’m just trying to enjoy it. …. I’m still willing to sacrifice and do anything for this group.”
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) July 24, 2020
Not gonna lie, this won’t be far from my mind during the tournament.