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As Seidenberg and Redden get healthier, tough decisions looming for Julien

May 20, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug Getty Images

Bruins coach Claude Julien could have a tough decision to make before tomorrow evening’s game in New York.

If injured defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden are ready to go — they skated this morning in Boston — what does Julien do with his three young blue-liners, Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski?

One would assume Seidenberg — if healthy — would automatically be inserted back into the lineup. Redden, on the other hand, may be less of a sure thing.

CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty believes 19-year-old Hamilton is “the most logical candidate to come out of the lineup.”

However, Julien could also decide to scratch recent AHL callup Krug, despite the fact the 22-year-old had two goals and an assist in Games 1 and 2, both Boston victories.

Krug played just 12:56 yesterday, the least of any of the Bruins’ six d-men.

Whatever he decides to do, Julien wasn’t tipping his hand today.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” he said.

Boston’s other injured d-man, Andrew Ference, is still reportedly wearing a protective boot on his left foot.

  1. jcmeyer10 - May 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    If Julien scratches Krug I will be dumbfounded. He’s providing a spark on offense.

    It’s between Bartkowski and Hamilton. Based on yesterdays game ony, being beaten for their first goal and then just plain missing a great set up, Douggie.

    Either way, Krug stays. He plays defense and scores goals.

    • jim9889 - May 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I hear ya…we’re running on all cylinders right now….Put Sieds in and let Dog Hamilton watch from the press box. Having young legs on the blueline right now is working and please keep Krug in there,,,,the kid has more scoring touch than the third line right now

  2. nunan - May 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Seidenberg is more important than all those players. In my opinion, He takes Hamilton’s spot and then let Bartkowski and Krug battle it out. Hamilton is only 19, he has plenty of time and is a great depth guy this year. Bartkowski, 24, has been strong defensively and knows the system well since he’s been in it for a while. Krug is a threat offensively. Good problem to have. Redden shouldn’t take any of their spots at this point so even if he is healthy, I’d keep the young guys in. Once Seids is back, the decision to remove someone from the lineup comes but until then, leave it as is. Going up 2-0 allows them to be patient with Seidenberg. My guess is he sits out again tomorrow since he was limited in practice today.

  3. backwardsskater - May 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Why not sit Redden.

  4. ironyisadeadscene - May 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    It’s a good problem to have.

  5. upyourstodd - May 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    If it aint broke, dont fix it.Once Seidenberg is healthy, his spot in the line up is guaranteed. However, Redden and Hamilton just haven’t had the impact that Krug and Bartkowski have had moving the puck. Its their spot to lose. I dont see this becoming a problem until game 4.

  6. villi5ed - May 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    I was amazed that Marchand didn’t dig hard after the cough-up to Callahan in the first period yesterday. But I
    was at least as astonished by the passive, touch-football action by Hamilton that enabled #24 to break free
    and go in alone on Rask.

    Rangers are better than they’ve showed. Bruins aren’t as bulletproof as they seem. But a huge hole to climb
    out of for the NYR.

    • 8man - May 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Since when have the Bs been bullet proof? They were taking on water all of April. And it was divine intervention that kept them from being eliminated by the Leafs. That being said, it seems as if Boston’s play is improving game by game. At least the results are better.

    • gallyhatch - May 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      No one is writing off the NYR just yet, at least none of the media I’ve been paying attention to here in Boston.

      I still expect this series to go 6. If it doesn’t, I will be pleasantly surprised, but I definitely think the Rangers get at least a couple wins before this is all said & done.

  7. bigbadbruins77 - May 20, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Obviously Seids is back in.

    Chara
    Seids
    Mcquaid
    Krug
    Bartowski
    Boychuk

    I still love the other three, but you gotta stick with the hot hand. Plus after watching dougie H give up two goals last game by not skating, I’m iffy right now.

  8. homelanddefense - May 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    As everyone has said, Seidenberg is back no matter what. The other two spots can be filled by a combination of Ferrecne or Bartowski, and Krug. Id give Krug the lead until he makes mistakes on the defensive end.

  9. mgp1219 - May 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Seidenberg in; Hamilton out. No other changes need to be made until they need to be made.

  10. tdrusher225 - May 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    This is easy; Seidenberg in, Hamilton out. Krug and Bartkowski have well-earned their spots.

  11. nhstateline - May 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    It’s not surprising these players were able to walk in and do ok in the same system they played in at Providence. Especially not when the Bruins had the last change and could dictate favorable matchups. Let’s wait and see what happens tuesday night before calling this an unqualified success. If Seidenberg is healthy he plays. On the other hand, given that the B’s are up 2-0, they could delay his return until thursday or saturday. He doesn’t have to play in the next game, especially not if the two to four day difference would be the difference between dinged up and healed. Beyond that, Claude likes vets and Wade Redden was good in the first series so if he’s good to go, he plays too. The young guys sit in the following order: Hamilton, Krug and Bartkowski but I doubt all three of them will. I think Ference is done for the year based on his wearing a walking boot and the compacted schedule.

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