The Bruins had themselves a busy Thursday as they came to terms with restricted free agent defenseman David Warsofsky on a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000. The former Boston University Terrier and Marshfield, Massachusetts native skated in six games with the Bruins last season. Warsofsky scored once and added an assist in his six games with the Bruins. Warsofsky spent most of last season with the Providence Bruins where he played in 56 games, registering six goals and 26 assists.
The Bruins currently have a log-jam on the blue line. Despite that log-jam, Bruins management has assured Warsofsky he will be competing for a spot during training camp, something that Warsofsky is excited about.
“It definitely gives me a little bit of confidence,” said Warsofsky. “I think when the management and the coaches say that about you, it pushes you even more. You know that they think you’re capable, and I think I am capable of it also, so I kind of want to go out there and prove them right. And every kid’s dream is to move up from the AHL to the NHL on a regular basis, so that’s what I’m shooting for this year.”
With so many options for the Bruins on the backend of things, it’s expected that one or two defensemen could be on the move. With that in mind, Warsofsky knows that he has to work extra hard this season in order to be where he wants to be.
“I think every year, for me, I think it’s just being consistent. The way I play, I think I need to play my game every night. I can’t really have those off nights, with my size and my strength. I can’t really afford to not be on every night, so being consistent and being responsible in my own end obviously is an important part of the Bruins organization. So I think every year, I come in and I want to improve upon both of those things,” added Warsofsky.
Warsofsky wasn’t the only Massachusetts native brought on board Thursday as the Bruins announced they have added Medford, MA native Joe Sacco to their coaching staff as an assistant coach. Sacco spent the previous season as an assistant coach in Buffalo with the Sabres. Prior to that, Sacco was the head coach in Colorado from 2009-2013.
“Well, it’s obviously an exciting time to be part of the Bruins organization right now and the success that they’ve had in the past number of years,” Sacco said during his afternoon conference call with the Bruins media.
“And moving forward, especially with the group now, I feel pretty fortunate right now to step in and serve in the capacity that I’ll be doing so. So it’s an honor, and like I said, I feel fortunate to be part of such a strong group, a team that’s had success for a number of years, and hopefully we can continue that success moving forward.”
Between his years of playing and coaching, Sacco knows some of the current Bruins very well.
“Boston still has some younger players thrown into the mix as well, and like Claude said earlier, there are going to be some guys competing for jobs from the Providence B’s. So I’m comfortable with experienced players, young players. I’ve had to work with both, and I actually know a few of the veteran guys. I played with Zdeno Chara his rookie year when he was with the Islanders. I played with Dennis Seidenberg his rookie year when he was with the Flyers, and I actually coached Johnny Boychuk in Lake Erie for a couple of years and in Albany as well. So I’m familiar with some of the veteran players on the team,” said Sacco.
Despite his signing being official, head coach Claude Julien is still unsure as to what exactly Sacco’s role with the Bruins will be.
“I think a lot of those things will be resolved in the next little while here,” said Julien.
“I haven’t really decided exactly what Joe is going to do versus what some of those guys — Jarvy [Doug Jarvis] or Doug Houda — are going to have different responsibilities. Those are things that I’ve got a couple of different options that I’m going to kind of contemplate and make that decision.”
Sacco was brought in to replace Geoff Ward who left the Bruins this summer to take a coaching position in Germany.