Derek Forbort during game 1
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Bruins fans are demanding the removal of this player

Published May 11, 2024 at 10:16 PM

As the Boston Bruins find themselves trailing the Florida Panthers 2-1 in their second-round playoff series, questions are arising about the performance of defenseman Derek Forbort. Sources close to the team suggest that Forbort's lackluster play during the 2024 playoffs has led to calls for his removal from the lineup in favor of Tyler Wotherspoon.

Wotherspoon, who has been a healthy scratch throughout the postseason, is being touted by insiders as a more suitable option due to his tenacious style of play and potential contributions on the penalty kill. The 26-year-old defenseman's gritty approach and superior skill set are seen as valuable assets that could provide a much-needed boost to the Bruins' defensive corps.

Forbort, who returned from injury earlier in the playoffs, has faced criticism for his subpar performance on the ice. Despite his experience and defensive prowess during the regular season, the 32-year-old has struggled to find his rhythm in the high-intensity playoff environment.

On the other hand, Wotherspoon has been patiently waiting for his opportunity to showcase his talents. Known for his physical presence and penalty-killing abilities, the young defenseman is seen as a potential game-changer, particularly against the aggressive forechecking of the Panthers.

As the Bruins prepare for Game 4, all eyes will be on Montgomery's lineup decisions. Will he heed the calls for Wotherspoon's inclusion, or will he stick with the veteran presence of Forbort? The outcome of this series may very well hinge on Jim Montgomery's ability to make the right call at the right time.

May 11   |   95 answers
Bruins fans are demanding the removal of this player

Should Forbort be removed from the lineup?

Yes6669.5 %
No2930.5 %
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