I think they do seem more tight-lipped about it since Boudreau came over. Policies like this are probably set by agreement between all the layers of management.
Which is kind of interesting because Boudreau seems more open about a lot of other things.
Obviously all levels of management are on board with how much and what they say, but I think it is mere coincidence that it may have gotten tighter since BB arrived. But I have no doubt he is on board with the program.
I think that makes the most sense. A lot of time guys break a bone without realizing it is broken. They try and play or practice and when it keeps hurting they get it x-rayed and find out the bad news. Especially guys who block as many shots as the ***** does.
I always thought it was some sort of muscle strain issue. That's usually the most vague injuries for athletes to go through, and seemed most likely when he hung around that first game to see if he could play.
Teams generally won't let players play with fractures, unless it's the playoffs, so letting him chill on the bench without getting x-rays seems highly unlikely.
I remember Stephens (I think) saying a week or two ago that Bonino was limping, no mention of a protective boot etc on (which you assume he would if he had a broken foot for example), so a muscle strain does seem like the most logical thing.
I wouldn't rule out anything but remember, the Ducks had nobody to take his place that first game. They were down a man without him. So whatever it was I think BB admitted that keeping him on the bench the first period was strictly a decoy to let the opponent think he could play and send out lines accordingly. I don't remember who the healthy scratches were but they may have had no option that day to dress a 12th forward, hence the decoy.