As 23-man rosters become finalized before the Tuesday night deadline, teams that don't start on Wednesday night may take that extra time to evaluate some of their bubble talent and in order to do so, some might take advantage of the Injured Reserve. The Boston Bruins are doing just that, as Zdeno Chara, who was hurt in the preseason, has been placed on the IR, retroactive to September 24th, with his upper-body injury and that opens up a roster spot in the 23-man roster, giving a chance for someone to continue earning a spot.
Chara is eligible to come off at any time, but since he was injured and hasn't played since that injury occurred, the Bruins could take advantage of this loophole before Thursday night's opener against the Jets.
Brenda & Seward made the big Slovak defender into their 11th round pick, as he dropped a ways down in his rankings. If Chara can be healthy for the entire year, he can potentially be one of the best picks in that round, undoubtedly.
The lower-body injury that Jiri Hudler suffered at the end of the preseason won't hold him out of the season opener between the Flames and Canucks, but he was being held out of practice on Monday with a bout of the flu. He's currently day-to-day, no big deal.
Grant shouldn't have any concerns about his 4th round draft pick, who should be in the lineup against the Canucks on Wednesday night. Hudler is coming off a pretty good year in 2015 and the guys around him are getting a little more mature and now have a little more experience to work with.
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