Brad Marchand suspension forces Bruins to send Colin Miller down, recall Alexander Khokhlachev

DJ Bean
December 31, 2015 - 5:57 am

[caption id="attachment_54634" align="alignright" width="150"] Colin Miller[/caption] FOXBORO -- Brad Marchand's suspension has created a bad ripple effect for the Bruins. Without Marchand's services, the Bruins were down to 12 forwards and eight defensemen for the Winter Classic. As such, they opted to send down a defensemen in order to recall forward Alexander Khokhlachev. Unfortunately for them, the only defenseman they could send down without waivers is Colin Miller, who just so happens to be one of their best defensemen. Miller has been up with Boston all season, playing in 28 of the Bruins' 36 games. The rookie has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points this season. Marchand will not appeal his three-game suspension for clipping Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki. He apologized Thursday for his actions. "I just want to acknowledge the situation that I'€™ve put my team in for being undisciplined and affecting the game for them, taking away from the excitement for the fans, being part of this rivalry, taking that away from them and also for affecting this game for myself and putting myself in the situation to not be part of this," Marchand said. "I want to apologize and I truly am sorry to everyone about the situation. It was not my intent to make a hit or try to injure anyone on that play." With Thursday's roster move, the Bruins' lineup in practice was as follows: Eriksson-Bergeron-Griffith Beleskey-Spooner-Connolly Vatrano-Ferraro-Khokhlachev Rinaldo-Talbot-Hayes Chara-Seidenberg Krug-McQuaid Morrow-Kevan Miller