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Bruins Share Intentions for Player After Recent Call-Up


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Christopher Faucher
December 30, 2023  (11:09)
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Boston Bruins' head coach, Jim Montgomery, implemented substantial changes to the lineup during practice, integrating recently recalled Georgii Merkulov. Merkulov was slotted into the third line, centering with James van Riemsdyk and Trent Frederic on the wings, leading to Danton Heinen's relocation to the fourth line alongside Johnny Beecher, Jakub Lauko, and Oskar Steen.

Montgomery, acknowledging Merkulov's strong offensive abilities in the AHL, stressed the importance of providing him with a suitable environment for his NHL debut. He emphasized the avoidance of overwhelming prospects by instantly placing them on the first line.
When discussing Heinen's performance, Montgomery recognized the forward's contributions but acknowledged the challenges within his current role. While Heinen might warrant a higher position, Montgomery stressed the significance of each player embracing their designated responsibilities.
Regarding the recent victory against the Buffalo Sabres, the top lines remained unchanged, with Charlie Coyle, Brad Marchand, and Jake DeBrusk proving effective. Montgomery hinted that these lines would likely solidify Boston's top six forwards.
The Bruins, with Merkulov in the reshaped roster, will take on the Devils at TD Garden on Saturday night at 7 p.m., presenting an exciting opportunity for the newly called-up forward to make his debut.
Source: Nesn
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Bruins Share Intentions for Player After Recent Call-Up

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