The Boston Bruins continue to make minor moves to tweak their lineup. Today, the team has recalled Danton Heinen from the Providence Bruins of the AHL, while signing Ryan White to a professional tryout. White had previously been on a PTO with the Vancouver Canucks this fall.
Yesterday, with the return of Torey Krug the Bruins sent Matt Grzelcyk back down to Providence, which opened a potential roster spot. They’ll add Heinen to lengthen out their forward depth, especially in the wake of their 4-0 loss at the hands of Colorado yesterday. The team was out of sorts offensively, really feeling the absence of Patrice Bergeron on their top line.
While Heinen isn’t a Bergeron replacement by any means, he does have youth and skill on his side. The fourth-round pick put up 44 points as an AHL rookie last season, and will help to provide some center depth. While there is no word on whether he’ll be inserted into the lineup, he could potentially take Austin Czarnik’s spot should head coach Bruce Cassidy so choose.
White on the other hand will just try to fight to earn a two-way contract with the club. The bang-and-crash forward split last season between the Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild, recording 16 points and 187 hits. The 29-year old forward can contribute in a fourth line role, but could also just have been brought in as a motivating tactic for Cassidy’s team.