The Boston Bruins bolstered the depth on their blue line Saturday, and we’re starting to learn how veteran defenseman Jarred Tinordi might fit in with the team after the B’s claimed him off waivers from the Nashville Predators.
The Bruins have lost plenty of size and toughness in recent months.
It started when longtime captain Zdeno Chara left in free agency to sign with the Washington Capitals before the season. More recently, Kevan Miller has been out of the lineup with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee. Miller is one of the most physical players on the B’s and sees plenty of action on the penalty kill.
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Tinordi, given his 6-foot-6 frame, likely will be asked to provide the truculence Boston currently lacks on its blue line.
“Our depth has been challenged in terms of size,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said during a Zoom call with reporters Saturday. “(Jeremy) Lauzon and (Kevan) Miller bring a lot of that element.
“With them being out — we don’t know on Miller, obviously, and with Jeremy it’s going to be four weeks minimum — this gives us a different look back there, a little more stiffness. It’s just a different element of a makeup of a back end.”
Where exactly should we expect Tinordi to play? Cassidy provided a few hints.
“He’s a bigger guy, stay-at-home guy,” Cassidy said. “His numbers offensively are…