The Boston Bruins have claimed defenceman Jarred Tinordi off of waivers from the Nashville Predators. This move comes as Boston grapples with two recent losses where preventing opponents from scoring has been a serious issue. Elliotte Friedman reported the claim late Saturday morning.
BOS claims Tinordi
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 27, 2021
Bruins Claim Jarred Tinordi
The 28-year-old Tinordi has been a depth piece for Nashville in 2020-21. He has appeared in seven of the team’s 19 games with no points, 12 hits and 11 blocks while averaging 16:34 of ice time. His Corsi For is above-average at 51.8 percent, but it is clear that the Burnsville, Minnesota native is not a serious scoring threat from the blueline.
The Montreal Canadiens originally selected Tinordi in the first round of the 2010 Draft. He skated with the Habs from 2012-13 through 2015-16 when they traded the 6’6″, 230-pound behemoth to the Arizona Coyotes for a package including John Scott. Overall, Tinordi has 88 NHL games with one goal and 11 points. He also has credit for 181 hits and 109 blocks. It’s not a great career for a former first-round selection, but he just turned 29-years-old and could skate for several more years. He just needs an opportunity to solidify a role on a team’s bottom-pairing.
Where Tinordi Fits in Boston
There is a very real chance that Tinordi sticks with Boston for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. He is a big, left-handed defender off to a reasonable start considering his history. He could easily rotate with John Moore on Boston’s third pairing and play a significant role on the penalty-killing unit. The Bruins are really just looking for another option to help shut down opponents considering they’ve lost their previous two games by a combined nine goals. The claim also won’t burden Boston going into 2021-22 as Tinordi will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. This is a low-cost move that could benefit both parties.
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