The Bruins’ roster is in line for an overhaul over the next couple of days — and not just because of some incoming outside help.
While Ondrej Kase (and potentially others?) are on the way for the Bruins, a couple of regulars in Boston’s lineup have already been looking over their shoulders for weeks now — as the franchise’s emphasis on internal competition has continued to generate positive results on the ice.
Those positive results have been a byproduct of too many NHLers fighting for too few open spots on Boston’s roster — with the arrival of Kase setting the stage for Danton Heinen, Anders Bjork and Karson Kuhlman to scrap for the two vacancies on Charlie Coyle’s line.
Even if Don Sweeney doesn’t add reinforcements on the blue line ahead of Monday’s deadline, Boston’s D corps is also poised to be packed to the brim.
Jeremy Lauzon has stabilized Boston’s third D pairing next to Matt Grzelcyk, but there are others waiting in the wings. John Moore — still with three more years remaining on his contract — has only appeared in three games since the start of February. Connor Clifton, sidelined since Dec. 29 due to an upper-body injury, is currently down in Providence on an LTI conditioning loan, but could rejoin the NHL ranks in short order.
Kevan Miller’s status still remains up in the air as he continues to recover from a pair of knee surgeries, but Sweeney did not rule out his return this season when asked on Friday.
Given the amount of bodies available on the blue line, Sweeney may not have to expend additional trade chips in order to bolster an area of strength on this roster. That level of depth can go a long way in terms of dictating the necessary needs ahead of the deadline, but the play of Lauzon might be the biggest deterrent toward any additional help joining Boston's D corps down the stretch.