Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has decided to send a message to his blue line following Wednesday’s loss and ahead of Friday’s head-to-head with the Sabres, with Connor Clifton scratched for John Moore.
“I didn’t like the way we defended the other night in terms of keeping the puck out of our net,” Cassidy said. “Johnny had a good camp. We gave Cliffy first crack at it, so we’re not putting it all on Cliffy. So it’s a message that if we don’t defend well enough then we’ll try other people until we get it right. That’s as simple as I can make it.”
As Cassidy noted, Clifton was not the only struggling defender on Wednesday. Speaking after that loss, Cassidy highlighted his second pairing of Mike Reilly and Brandon Carlo as a grouping that needed to give them a bit more. But the call to Moore, who was waived but never actually reported to Providence, comes with the Bruins looking to reward the next-closest option for their efforts and re-spark the idea of internal competition on the blue line.
“We never want to lose an asset,” Cassidy said of Moore’s trip to the waiver wire. “He did his job in exhibition [games] and hopefully that translate into a goad game tonight for us.”
Moore, who played in just five games last year before undergoing season-ending hip surgery, put up two assists, four hits, and seven blocks in three preseason contests.
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