Speaking to journalists for the first time since he seriously injured his right arm in the conference final, Bruins had Chris Wagner an idea in the future.
"I would come up here and be like [Patriots coach] Bill Belichick, & # 39; Wagner joked from one of eight podiums set up at the TD Garden for the Stanley Cup Media Day Sunday afternoon," And say " We're at Cincinnati. "& # 39; & # 39;
Although he eventually did not channel his inner Belichick, Wagner remains hesitant to open up his status. The team will probably not make it official, but all the signs point to the 27-year-old Walpole native as the sidelines of the entire Stanley Cup final.
"I would be very surprised if Chris is ready to play, but we will wait and see," general manager Don Sweeney said last week.
Wagner has not skating since blocking a shot with the arm and leave late in the third period of Boston's Game 3 victory against Carolina Hurricanes on May 1
Of course, the first pain has gone down, but Wagner remembers it well "With five minutes left, and the hurricanes pushing to score a leveling goal, the Carolina defender Justin Faulk got a shot that denied Wagner, who immediately squeezed his wrist." "I went to block it and blocked it," Wagner said. "It didn't feel good. You can tell if you see my reaction. I probably a little black out a bit. It hurts. & # 39; & # 39;
Although the recovery process has not been the easiest emotional experience, Wagner's love and support for his teammates unconsciously.
"It has been a little tough to see that they are getting ready and are not on ice," Wagner said. "I mean, it's been really tough. But you just want to be supportive. We've come so far. It's not about me; it's about the team. We've had that attitude of the one who has gone in and out of the lineup. & # 39;
These feelings are surely reproduced. After Bruins struck his ticket to the Stanley Cup, FaceTimed Wagner made their celebration in the visitor's dressing room at the PNC Arena, Wagner, who had returned to Boston for further testing, answering the conversation and being able to experience parts of postgame festivities.
"Honestly, at this point I would not expect anything less," said Wagner, "who is funny because 10 years ago if I got one FaceTime from Zdeno Chara, I would probably be, "What the heck?" But it was pretty cool to almost feel like you're in the wardrobe. For them to think of me like that at that moment, it means a lot to me. & # 39; & # 39;
So with his Stanley Cup debut in doubt, did he want to do it all over again? Would he still get ahead of that shot from Faulk?
"It's Sunday, so I told my mother I was going to drop a Bible text," Wagner said. "Jesus said there is no greater love than putting your life to your friend. We are all friends and we all love each other, so why would I not?"
Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington has only positive reviews about his year-long appearance with Providence Bruins. "19459013]" Boston Bruins prospects are in good hands, I can tell you, "Binnington said." It was a great city. I am very lucky they took me. I met many good people. & # 39; & # 39;
Binnington, who was chosen by Blues 88th overall in NHL Draft 2011, was awarded P-Bruins last season because St. Louis did not have an AHL affiliate at that time. Blues coach Craig Berube said the team sent out a note asking if anyone needed an experienced goaltender, and Sweeney and Bruins player John Ferguson's director gave them a call.
"We were able to work out something" "Berube said.
In 28 regular season games, Binnington finished with a 92.6 percent saving and an average 2.05 goal. Providence was eliminated in it The first round of the Calder Cup playoffs ended his time with the team, the 25-year-old Ontario nurse said he was still in touch with a couple of friends, but his focus is now undoubtedly on the Blues.
"It's a cool story, "Binnington said." As I look at it, I have to see another organization and how they ran things last year. I think it's a good experience for me to see what's out there. At the same time, I'm a St. Louis Blue and I'm proud to represent them. & # 39; & # 39;
Binnington noted that he is not worried that Bruins has any extra intel when he scouts.
For what he thinks of his opponent, Tuukka Quick?
He kept the answer short and sweet: "He's pretty good."
Marchand set to go
Bruins forward Brad Marchand had a maintenance day and did not train. He will be "ready to go" for games 1 on Monday, coach Bruce Cassidy said.
"I just told Butchy I wanted a day off," Marchand said with a smile. "I've had enough of practicing."
Center David Krejci will also be good to go to Game 1. The 33-year-old veteran missed Thursday's intrasquad scrimmage and Saturday's practice of illness, but returned to the ice Sunday and said he would be "100 percent" on Monday.
"I was a little sick," Krejci said. "No one likes to be sick, right?"