With their defense battered and missing three regulars, and with 13 goals surrendered in their last two games, the Boston Bruins made a call to the waiver wire Saturday, claiming defenseman Jarred Tinordi from the Nashville Predators.
A 6-foot-6 left shot, Tinordi comes to the Bruins after appearing in seven games for the Predators in 2021, with 12 hits and 11 blocks to go with 16:34 per night over that seven-game run with Nashville. The 29-year-old was at his best with Nashville, too, and set career-highs in games (28), assists (four), points (five), and time on ice per game (16:37) during his 2019-20 season.
Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens with the No. 22 overall pick in 2010, Tinordi has appeared in 88 NHL games since 2013, with one goal and 11 points between the Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes, and Predators.
Tinordi, who is under contract through the 2021 season at $700,000, gives the Bruins nine defensemen on their roster when fully healthy. Getting fully healthy, however, has been the B’s issue on the backend, with Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, and Kevan Miller all currently out of action.
Grzlecyk is currently with the club, and there’s belief that he could play on Sunday, but Lauzon is expected to miss at least four weeks due to his hand ailment while Miller’s knee discomfort has seemingly put on the shelf until further notice.
The Bruins will look to end their two-game slide on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.