Shiny New Toy Syndrome is nothing new.
In a way, that’s natural when talking about a team that’s had as little (core) turnover as the Boston Bruins for well over a decade now. But the way SNTS collectively gripped Bruins netminder Jeremy Swayman was truly something else. I mean, we were trending towards Gollum-My Precious territory at an alarming rate.
On Tuesday, that toy was officially taken away, with the confirmation that Swayman would be the odd man out for the Bruins upon Tuukka Rask’s signing for what will be a 15th season with Boston.
Now, to be absolutely clear, the Bruins are sending Swayman to Providence. It’s in Rhode Island, which was not one of the circles of hell the last time I looked. He could be back as soon as Wednesday if a rapid test spells bad news for Rask or Linus Ullmark. Or if there’s an injury of any sort to either guy, which is certainly possible given Ullmark’s history dating back to Buffalo and Rask’s road back from hip surgery (he still hasn’t faced the grind of live game action).
No matter how you slice it, he’s not going far and it may not be for very long.
Which makes the panic regarding this all the more puzzling.