David Krejci

Bruins activate David Krejci from IR, send Frank Vatrano to Providence

DJ Bean
January 21, 2016 - 7:45 am
Tuukka Rask is expected to start against the Canucks Thursday at TD Garden, but the team still has some things to clear up regarding the rest of its lineup. [UPDATE 2:30 p.m.] Both David Krejci and Landon Ferraro took part in an optional morning skate Thursday. Krejci, who has missed the last 10 games with an upper-body injury, was activated from injured reserve Thursday afternoon. While Ferraro's absence from Tuesday's game due to a lower body made it plausible that the team might place him on IR to make room for Krejci, the Bruins instead sent Frank Vatrano to Providence, a sign that Ferraro is closer to returning. While Vatrano is a better player than some of Boston's active forwards (Zac Rinaldo, Tyler Randell), it actually made sense for the Bruins to eventually have him back in Providence. Vatrano has played 30 games for the Bruins this season, putting him 10 away from a season accrued towards eventually unrestricted free agency. Perhaps the team is interested in avoiding that for the rookie. Ferraro's availability is unknown for Thursday. The Bruins currently have 14 forwards on their active roster and are at the 23-player max.