Rinaldo will undergo surgery to repair a hand injury, effectively ending his season, Mark Divver of The Providence Journal reports. The former Flyer has never been a big scorer, tallying just nine goals and 27 points in a 275-game NHL career. Rinaldo will be an unrestricted free agent upon the conclusion of the season, and it's hard to see him finding another home in the NHL if he's unable to develop anything in addition to the physical aspect of his game.
Rinaldo was put on waivers by the Bruins on Friday, Joe Haggerty of CSN NE reports. The 26-year-old defenseman didn't play in a single preseason game due to a lower body injury. Assuming he clears waivers, he will head to AHL Providence to tune up before coming up to the NHL later in the year.
Rinaldo (lower body) is in the lineup for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Blue Jackets, Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Thursday's tilt will represent Rinaldo's first game action of the preseason, as the 26-year-old forward has been sidelined with a lower-body injury since the Bruins' training camp got underway on Sept. 22. It seems unlikely that Rinaldo will be able to secure a spot on Boston's Opening Night roster during the last few days of camp, so the enforcer will likely be waived and assigned to the Bruins' AHL affiliate before the team's Oct. 13 regular-season opener against Columbus. The 2008 sixth-round pick is still an effective enforcer, and will likely be called up to the big club on occasion throughout the season when the Bruins want an imposing physical presence in their lineup.
Rinaldo is dealing with a lower-body injury and will miss the start of training camp, CSN New England reports. Rinaldo would still have to serve his five-game suspension if he makes the Bruins roster this year, which if he is out for an extended period of time becomes a legitimate question mark. The center has never managed to reach the 10-point mark in any of his NHL seasons and his antics on the ice could lead the organization to decide he is not worth the hassle.
Rinaldo has been handed five-game suspensions by both the NHL and AHL for two separate recent on-ice incidents, ESPN.com reports. Rinaldo, who drew a five-game ban from the NHL as a result of the check that he delivered on Tampa Bay forward Cedric Paquette on Feb. 28, now must sit out AHL Providence's next three games, following another incident that occurred on March 4, when Rinaldo was penalized for an illegal check to the head of an opponent. He has already served two games of his AHL suspension, but only games played by the Boston Bruins while he is on the team's active roster will count toward his NHL suspension.
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