A window of opportunity for Warsofsky

February, 3, 2014
Feb 3
4:39
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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- With Adam McQuaid sidelined with a leg injury and Zdeno Chara missing the final two games before the Olympic break to carry the flag for Slovakia in Sochi, the Bruins on Monday called up David Warsofsky from Providence to beef up the blueline corps.

The P-Bruins will play back-to-back games in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Tuesday and Wednesday, so it was best to have Warsofsky stay home and practicing with the big club for when they need him later in the week.

The 23-year-old Warsofsky has played four games for the Bruins this season, so the rookie knows what to expect.

“I feel more comfortable for my third time around,” he said. “Once you get familiar with some of the guys a little bit more it definitely makes the transition a little bit easier. When I first got called up all the focus was on your first NHL game, so I kind of got those nerves out of the way. It’s another game, another hockey game and I’ve played thousands of them in my life. I’ll go out there and do what I can do.”

In his last game with the Bruins, Warsofsky recorded his first NHL goal against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 28. He had previously played three consecutive games from Dec. 19-23.

“The last few games he played with us he seemed to get better and better,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Monday’s practice. “Right now we’re in need of a left defenseman, and when we were in need of a right one it was [Zach] Trotman, so that’s how we’ve determined guys coming up. We were certainly happy with the way he played, especially his last game in Ottawa. He seemed to play with a lot of confidence. He carried that puck well and made good plays, and obviously scored that goal. Just his whole game was good and he moved the puck well.”

Warsofsky’s presence also means that McQuaid will not be ready for game action prior to the break. He has missed the last six games with a leg injury. He’s been only able to work out off the ice.

“He’s hasn’t started skating yet, so it would be very doubtful that he would play until after the break,” Julien said. “If he’s 100 percent, and I checked on him today, they weren’t putting him on the ice and he was only going to start skating sometime this week, so he’s been out too long for me to throw him out there. I would be very surprised if you see him here.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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