For a fix, general manager Peter Chiarelli might look to acquire a veteran, top-four blue liner prior to the deadline. Easier to say than do, of course. But Seidenberg with a different partner would put less pressure on Hamilton, whose even-strength duties would have him likely aside Andrew Ference, while Adam McQuaid would be the odd man out. The Ference-McQuaid pairing also has struggled of late. Hamilton would be far less burdened on a third pair, and he would still be available for power-play duty. If the Bruins were behind in a game, in need of a goal late, then Julien could put him back with Seidenberg in hopes that they could help push the puck.
A day away
After watching his team play three games in four days, and go 1-1-1, Julien called off Wednesday’s practice. Everyone will report to the Garden Thursday morning for the customary day-of-game skate before taking on the Leafs at 7 p.m. . . . The Leafs took on Ottawa Wednesday night in Toronto. They likely will not skate Thursday morning on Causeway Street . . . He may not be known for his hands, but Marchand now has a three-game point streak, 2-3—5 . . . Tuukka Rask, in net for the losses to Montreal and Washington, most likely will start against Toronto, and probably again Saturday with the Flyers in Boston for a 1 p.m. matinee . . . With Toronto’s recent dismissal of Brian Burke as GM, ex-Maine Black Bear Dave Nonis moved up to the top management job. Ex-Bruin Dave Poulin moved into Nonis’s spot as assistant GM.