With the Boston Bruins eliminating the Washington Capitals in 5 games, the B’s have a cleared schedule for now. They await the winner of the best of 7 series between the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins, which will require at least 1 more game to wrap up and possibly 2. Seeing that the NHL likes to play by the seat of their pants with regards to scheduling, the Bruins could be playing in a matter of days or even a week from now.
Yesterday, Bruins GM Don Sweeney addressed the media after the team’s first round win, mostly with regards to injury updates.
#NHLBruins updates per GM Don Sweeney:
Kevan Miller is “doing OK, still early in recovery phase.”
Hope is Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril will be available for Round 2.
Steven Kampfer had hand surgery and is unavailable.
Ondrej Kase has been shutdown for the year. pic.twitter.com/W9tDbPBW7W
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 24, 2021
First year defensemen Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril hope to ready to return in the second round. Even though that will be a bonus for the B’s, can they really justify moving Connor Clifton out to have one of these guys back in? It seems to me, Cliffy would have to demonstrate that he’s having a difficult time in a game situation to allow for that swap. There’s no sense in changing anything if you’re getting results.
Kevan Miller is still recuperating from an upper body injury that occurred when he was hit by Washington’s Dmitry Orlov, who launched himself into Kevan Miller, hitting Miller high and knocking him down to the ice where his head came down hard. He had to be transported to Mass General. He was released after tests the following day.
Who knew until Sunday that Kampfer had an injury? Apparently it was significant enough to require surgery meaning his season is likely done.
Finally, Ondrej Kase has been shut down for the season. He made appearance in 3 games this season; 2 early on when he was concussed by Miles Wood and then a third just a couple of weeks ago against the Islanders, a game from which he had to leave early. Kase is an RFA after this season and it remains to be seen what the Bruins will do about his contract situation.
Rest up Bruins fans for we do not know when that second round will begin.