Boston Bruins: Up to Boston, Back to Providence.


Nov 10, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center

Seth Griffith

(53) looks to shoot during the third period of Boston

The Boston Bruins organization has certainly made things interesting for their players. The Bruins have suffered serious injuries early in the season, and the team has had to rely heavily on their AHL Providence Bruns for support.  Providence players have found themselves called up one day, get to play for a week in Boston, and then get sent back down.

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  • The latest round of ups and downs has certainly generated interest for Boston. David Pastrnak, the Bruins first round draft pick from last year’s draft played in his first NHL game against the Penguins. It looks as if he’ll be playing a few games in Boston this season as the Bruins work through their injuries.

    Seth Griffith was sent down to Providence the day of the game, and that certainly caused confusion among the fans. Some fans didn’t realize that the Bruins had to juggle their cap space (to allow Brad Marchand to play) to make their game day line up work. They also didn’t factor in that Griffith wouldn’t have had to clear waivers. Griffith was called back up this afternoon, and will likely resume his place on the old Krejci line.

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    The Bruins moved two players back to Providence today. Jordan Caron and Alexander Khokhlachev were moved back to the AHL. Caron has spent the majority of his career bouncing back and forth between the AHL and the NHL. Caron has played two games for Boston this season. He’s a -2 with one shot on goal. Khokhlachev has played in three games so far for the Black and Gold. He’s also a -2 with one shot on goal, but his shootout goal gave the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last week.

    All that travel certainly played havoc for players and the organizations of lines and defensive pairs. In the last few games, the Bruins have fielded either an AHL line or AHL defensive player. It’s certainly caused holes that the B’s have been training hard to correct. (There were also some grumblings on why the Pastrnak-Khokhlachev-Caron line didn’t see more time against the Penguins.) The bad news for Boston is that this will likely be the case for the forward lines until the end of the year.

    The good news in all of this is that Boston will soon have their captain back on the ice. Peter Chiarelli put down a ten to fourteen day time frame for the return of Zdeno Chara. This will certainly help the Bruins stabilize the roster when it comes to the defensemen. With Kevan Miller already back, the Bruins top six d-men are finally starting to stabilize. (It’s a pity we don’t have Johnny Boychuk though.)