Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Nov 1, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins center Jakub Lauko (94) celebrates with the Bruins bench after scoring the first NHL goal of his career against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Not even three full days into a road trip that kicked off Sunday in Detroit and will include stops in five different cities in all, Don Sweeney and the Bruins are already banging the hell out of that ’emergency recall’ feature.

Namely with forward Jakub Lauko.

Recalled from Providence on an emergency basis following Saturday’s win over the Red Wings, Lauko’s run with the Bruins failed to even hit the 24-hour mark, as the Bruins assigned him back down to Providence following the first period of what was a Sunday loss in Detroit. And that demotion lasted for less than 24 hours, too, as the Bruins recalled Lauko from Providence on yet another emergency recall just after noon on Monday.

  • The good news for Lauko’s sanity is that it doesn’t appear that the Bruins actually made him fly back to Providence from Detroit on Sunday before jumping back out to Chicago the very next day. (That’d be an absolutely cruel and borderline criminal act on behalf of the team, I gotta say.)

    Lauko’s tweet poking fun at his own situation seemed to indicate as much, too, with a ‘Chicago’ location tag. Unrelated: By the way, just a straight-up amazing tweet from Lauko.

  • Now, if you’re looking for a simple explanation as to why the Bruins are doing this, it’s because teams are only allowed a certain number of recalls after the trade deadline. Emergency recalls do not count towards that number, and there’s also a cap space element to making emergency recalls.

    Beyond the math part of the equation, the hope here is that the Bruins will indeed use Lauko at some point on this road trip, as the Bruins need to start working in some rest days for some of their veteran forwards.

    Lauko is also certainly deserving of another look from the Bruins, especially after his last NHL showing, which included two goals and a blocked shot in just 11:53 of action in a 7-1 win over the Sabres on Mar. 2.

    Overall, the 22-year-old Lauko has recorded three goals and five points in 12 games with Boston this season.

  • When talking about rest and the Bruins, it really comes back down to top-six centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci for Jim Montgomery’s squad.

    The Bruins have openly discussed resting both players, and it will happen, but when is the unknown here. If they were to rest, players such as Pavel Zacha and/or Trent Frederic could and would move to center, which would open a spot on the wing for Lauko.

    Perhaps a rest day for either comes Tuesday night, too, when the Bruins play the West-worst Blackhawks.

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