2 more Bruins heading to World Hockey Championship tournament in Finland

It’s time for the Boston Bruins to part ways for a while, before the players who remain on the roster reunite for next season. But not all of them are done playing hockey.

The 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship is already underway and a trio of Bruins will represent their country in the tournament now that their season is over. Winger David Pastrnak will adapt to the Czech team, while the goalkeeper Linus Ullmark was called up to play for the Sweden national team. Jeremy Swayman was also recently named to the Team USA roster. America, Sweden and Czechia are all in Group B of the tournament, with Team USA set to play Team Sweden on May 21 and Team Czech on May 23.

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Interestingly enough, the former Bruins center David Krejci also plays for the Czech Republic at the World Championship. So maybe Pastrnak could do some scouting while he’s in Finland, maybe convince Krejci to come back to the NHL after a year of playing in Europe.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney apparently hopes Krejci is interested in returning to the Bruins. He hinted at possible talks of a reunion during his season-ending press conference this week.

“Knowing how much [Pastrnak and Krejci] are, I’m sure there will be a conversation that maybe comes back to me,” Sweeney said. “I certainly stayed in touch with David and his camp throughout the year. He had some tough decisions to make regarding the promise he made to his family as a whole. I finally decided to stay and see it through.

“I’m sure at some point if he decides he wants to come back, hopefully I get a call and we can have a conversation. But I haven’t gone that route for several months.

Pastrnak has already arrived in Finland, according to this video:

Pastrnak’s trip to Finland for the tournament is a good sign for his health. He missed time late in the regular season with an upper body injury, but returned for the playoffs and did not miss a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. He scored three goals and six points over the seven-game series.

Ullmark, meanwhile, posted career-best numbers in his first season with the Bruins. He won 26 games with a 2.45 goals-against average and .917 save percentage, all career highs among his seasons with at least 20 starts. He’s played well throughout the regular season, going 6-1 and .953 save percentage in his last nine appearances, earning him the start in the first two games against Carolina. .

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