Bruins: Trent Whitfield

Whitfield clears waivers

January, 7, 2011
WILMINGTON, Mass. – The Boston Bruins announced this morning that forward Trent Whitfield has cleared waivers and will be assigned to the Providence Bruins of the AHL, pending a physical.

Whitfield, a veteran of 13 pro seasons and second in the Bruins organization, ruptured his Achilles tendon last summer and he’s been out indefinitely. He has been practicing with the P-Bruins and earlier this week showed no ill effects from his injury.

Whitfield, 33, has played a total of 193 career NHL games with the Capitals, Rangers, Blues and Bruins.

Whitfield likely to miss season

August, 22, 2010
Providence Bruins captain Trent Whitfield, a source of depth at forward for the parent club, likely will miss the entire 2010-11 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles, a team source confirmed. The blog first reported the story Saturday.

Whitfield had one assist and seven penalty minutes in seven regular-season games in 2009-10. He also played in four playoff games but failed to register a point. Whitfield, who was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 1996 draft, has 29 points and 104 penalty minutes in 193 NHL games with Washington, St. Louis and Boston.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Boston Bruins have a 3-0 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals and have a chance to clinch the series with a victory in Game 4 tonight at Wachovia Center.

Bruins coach Claude Julien needs to shuffle his lineup a bit due to the season-ending wrist injury to forward David Krejci and a lower-body injury to defenseman Adam McQuaid.

During Friday morning’s game-day skate, the coach had Marc Savard centering Miroslav Satan and Milan Lucic. The Bruins’ fourth line consisted of Trent Whitfield in the middle between Steve Begin and Brad Marchand.

Julien wouldn’t say for certain, but said Whitfield will “probably” be in the lineup in place of Krejci.

“[Whitfield] is one of those guys who has experience,” said Julien. “He’s been around. He brings grit and can certainly kill penalties.”

“I just want to go out there play hard and play my game,” said Whitfield. “I’ll do whatever they ask me to do. . . The first couple of shifts are huge for me tonight. It’s hit or be hit. You need to get yourself calmed down and get into the game. It’s been a while so I’m excited to be in there.”

Here are a few notes from the morning skate:

**Defenseman Mark Stuart has been given medical clearance to return to game action, but Julien said he would make a decision tonight. It’s likely he will be in the lineup. He’s been out since April 2 with an infection in his hand.

“It’s still a game-time decision, but if they call my name, I’m ready to go,” Stuart said.

**Shawn Thornton was the only Bruins player who did not participate in the morning skate. According to Julien, there’s nothing wrong with the team’s pugilist and said Thornton will be in the lineup tonight.

**Krejci, who had surgery to repair a dislocated wrist on Wednesday night in Baltimore, will rejoin the team here tonight and will be in attendance for the game.

“Hopefully we can give him a nice gift,” said Julien, referring to a clinching victory.

**On Thursday, the Bruins held an optional skate and likely watched Game 4 between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks entered that game with a 3-0 series lead, but the Red Wings completely dominated Game 4 and remain alive with a 7-1 victory.

Boston has a 3-0 lead on the Flyers, and Julien’s not worried about his team losing focus.

“Personally, I don’t think we needed to see [Detroit’s win]. We knew before hand and we’ve been through it on the reserve side and got ourselves back into a series. Maybe that experience will certainly help us approach this one.”

Sobotka out; Whitfield recalled

March, 25, 2010
BOSTON -- Bruins forward Vladimir Sobotka will not be in the lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight due to a neck injury he suffered on Tuesday in Atlanta. To take his place, the Bruins have recalled Trent Whitfield from the Providence Bruins.

“There’s never timetable for injuries like Vlady’s, but he is better today,” coach Claude Julien said today. “Hopefully we’ll know more about his situation by tomorrow.”

Julien said it’s not a concussion, and that Sobotka is taking steps in the right direction. But between periods of the Lightning game, Sobotka told that he did suffer a concussion on the hit. He said it’s not serious and hopes to be back in the lineup soon.

Sobotka was slammed into the board by the Thrashers’ Evgeny Artyukhin in the early minutes of the first period on Tuesday and did not return. Sobotka was evaluated in Boston on Wednesday.

This is the fourth time this season Whitfield has been recalled from the P-Bruins. The 32-year-old forward has played 14 games for the Bruins this season.

“It’s good to get an opportunity,” said Whitfield. “You always want to stay up here as long as you can, but that’s the way it goes. Unfortunately [for the Bruins] there have been a lot injuries, but fortunately for me I’ve had an opportunity to come up here and show them I can play at this level. They feel confident to bring me in this time of year to keep the ship going.”

He’s played 52 games in Providence this year with 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points.

“Whit is a guy who can make plays and he’s hard worker,” said Julien.

During the morning skate, Whitfield was on a line with Milan Lucic and Miroslav Satan. After Sobotka was injured, Julien inserted Steve Begin on that line and the coach said this morning he’ll make a game-time decision for that line.

It took Sobotka a moment to get to his feet and he was able to skate to the bench on his own after the hit. He was clearly shaken up on the play. Sobotka is generously listed at 5-foot-10 and 183 pounds, while Artyukhin is 6-foot-4, 255-pounds.

“He’s pretty durable and he plays hard, but that’s a pretty big boy he ran into,” said Whitfield. “It’s unfortunate for him, but it’s another opportunity for me to come in here and contribute.”

Penner, Whitfield recalled from Providence

March, 18, 2010
BOSTON -- With the flu bug making its way around the locker room, the Bruins have recalled defenseman Jeff Penner and forward Trent Whitfield from Providence on an emergency basis.

Bruins forward Blake Wheeler, along with defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Wideman are battling the flu, and coach Claude Julien said this morning he will need to make game-time decisions on whom to dress.