BOSTON (CBS) — Thursday night’s game against the Sabres cost the Bruins a few too many players than they could afford to lose, and as a result, the team called up forward Jamie Tardif on an emergency basis.
Tardif, 28, has played in the AHL since the 2006-07 season, but he’s never made it to the NHL. This year in Providence, he has 21 goals and nine assists in 39 games. That’s after posting 15-15-30 totals in 57 games last year with Providence.
Tardif’s 21 goals are most on the P-Bruins, with the next-highest total being Craig Cuningham’s nine. Tardif’s 30 points also lead the team, two more than Chris Bourque (who was called up to the NHL to start the season) and three more than Ryan Spooner.
Tardif also ranks second in the entire AHL in goals, trailing only Jordan Eberle, who has 3-4-7 totals in seven games in the NHL this season.
The Bruins took a bit of a beating against Buffalo on Thursday. Shawn Thornton suffered a concussion in a first-period fight against John Scott. Patrice Bergeron suffered an arm or shoulder injury at the start of the third period, but he did return and looked OK. Daniel Paille took a high stick to the face in the third period and did not return. And at Friday’s practice, David Krejci did not skate.
Thornton’s expected to miss seven to 10 days, and Paille will not make the trip with the team to Toronto with what coach Claude Julien deemed an “upper-body injury.”
Bergeron and Krejci’s absences as Friday’s practice were deemed to be maintenance days.
Julien will have Tardif at the ready if need be. Lane MacDermid made his season debut on Thursday, in place of Bourque, who was a healthy scratch. Paille skated on the third line on Thursday alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, so Tardif may make sense on the fourth line, with Bourque reassuming his duties on the third line.