Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher Wednesday night.
During the second period of Boston’s 4-1 victory, Gallagher shoved Chara before taking a forceful hit to the throat from Chara’s stick. The two were immediately separated by officials. Chara, who was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking, made a gesture indicating that Gallagher had theatrically snapped his head back.
Gallagher received a two-minute penalty for roughing.
“I don’t know what precipitated,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Thursday morning at Warrior Ice Arena. “I think they both got penalized. They’re both hard players. After that, to me, it looks like a little bit of just hockey.”
Chara’s $5,000 fine is the maximum allowable under the CBA.
Cassidy said his discussions with general manager Don Sweeney have “ramped up a little bit” ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline. Many of their talks, according to Cassidy, consist of how a potential trade target, typically identified by Sweeney, would fit into the lineup.
“Donny sees these players more than I have a lot of the time, especially if they’re from out West,” Cassidy said. “If we move this guy here, he can go there, and that’s what our lineup will look like. What do we lose? What do we gain? How does it affect special teams? How much are we disrupting every other line to make this work? That’s a lot of the conversations.”
As for which players the Bruins may have to ship out in a deal? Cassidy said he doesn’t expect Sweeney to move “a major piece.”
Regardless, he doesn’t think too much about the possible trade packages.
“It’s like an injury,” Cassidy said. “If it happens, you’ve got to be ready to plug the next guy in. As a coach, you’re always going through scenarios.”
Clifton still iffy
Defenseman Connor Clifton will practice with the team Friday, Cassidy said, but his availability for Saturday’s game against the Red Wings is unknown. Clifton last appeared in a game Dec. 29, when he suffered an upper-body injury . . . The goaltender for Saturday’s game also has yet to be determined. Cassidy said Jaroslav Halak, who hasn’t started in net since Feb. 5, is “feeling a lot better” . . . Cassidy did not have an update on defenseman Kevan Miller’s status and timetable for return. “No bad news,” he said.