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    Bruins D Matt Irwin Minus-3 in season opener

    Matt Irwin had a rough regular season debut with the Bruins, recording a minus-3 rating, while committing a couple of defensive miscues that led to Jets' goals in the Bruins' 6-2 loss Thursday, CSN New England reports.With veteran blueliners Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup, the B's defensive corps as a whole left something to be desired Thursday. With Chara eyeing a return to action soon and Colin Miller in reserve, the B's could choose to make some adjustments in advance of Saturday's game against Montreal, possibly at the expense of Irwin.

  • Irwin Inks One-Year Deal With Bruins

    News: Matt Irwin signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Bruins on Friday.
    Analysis: Matt Irwin, who tallied eight goals and 11 assists in 53 games with the Sharks last season, has a chance to establish himself as the Bruins' sixth defender in training camp. However, he will have to beat out the likes of Joe Morrow and Zach Trotman for the spot. Either way, he provides the Bruins with some much-needed depth at defense.
  • Sharks' Irwin Gets Goal In Lineup Return

    News: Matt Irwin netted a goal on one of his two shot attempts in Saturday's shootout win over the Flyers.
    Analysis: After serving as a healthy scratch in the Sharks' previous game, Matt Irwin certainly made his presence felt in his return. In addition to the goal, he finished with 22:11 TOI -- about five and a half more minutes than he's been averaging for the season. With Mirco Mueller quite likely out for the remainder of the season with a left hand injury, Irwin should be able to enjoy a regular role on the Sharks' blue line.
  • Sharks' Irwin To Play Saturday

    News: Matt Irwin (upper body) will rejoin the lineup Saturday against the Blackhawks, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
    Analysis: The upper-body injury cost Matt Irwin the last three games, but since he had been playing well prior to hitting the press box, coach Todd McLellan will make lineup room for the blueliner right away now that he's healthy. Scott Hannan will be scratched in place of Irwin.
  • Sharks Rule Irwin Out For Thursday

    News: Matt Irwin (upper body) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Predators, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: Matt Irwin appears to be progressing from the injury and is considered day-to-day, but he'll be forced to sit for a third straight game. His next chance to play will come Saturday against the Blackhawks.
  • Sharks' Irwin Still Day-To-Day

    News: Matt Irwin (upper body) has reported improvement with his condition and logged a full practice Wednesday, but is still in the day-to-day phase of his recovery, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: Wednesday marked Matt Irwin's first full session with the team since sustaining the injury last Friday, so he may require another skate or two with the team before returning to action. The Sharks will see how Irwin feels Thursday morning before rendering a decision on his status for that night's game versus the Predators, but Saturday's tilt with the Blackhawks may represent a more viable return date for the defenseman.
  • Sharks's Irwin (Upper Body) Skates Monday

    News: Matt Irwin (upper body) skated Monday and hopes to be ready later in the week, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
    Analysis: Matt Irwin has already been ruled out for Monday's game, but it appears he is still aiming for a return later in the week. The fact that he skated Monday is a good sign, so it's plausible he will return Thursday against the Predators.
  • Sharks' Irwin (Upper Body) Out Monday

    News: Matt Irwin (upper body) will not play in Monday's game against the Penguins, Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group reports.
    Analysis: Matt Irwin will skate at practice but won't play in the game, and he's still considered day-to-day. His next shot to play will come Thursday against the Predators.
  • Sharks' Irwin Doubtful For Monday

    News: Matt Irwin (upper body) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Penguins, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
    Analysis: On the plus side, the report notes that Matt Irwin will try to skate Monday, so it doesn't appear at this point as though he is dealing with a long-term injury.
  • Sharks' Irwin Ruled Out For Saturday

    News: Matt Irwin (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Canucks, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
    Analysis: Coach Todd McLellan said that while he is "hoping" that Matt Irwin is day-to-day after the injury forced him out of Friday's practice, the Sharks might not have a clearer picture of the defenseman's injury for another few days. Scott Hannan is expected to assume Irwin's spot in the lineup Saturday, while Taylor Fedun was recalled from AHL Worcester to add further depth to the blue line.