It’s been a hectic day around the NHL today as teams get their rosters in order before the presumed and now expected lockout. The Boston Bruins are no exception–though they have not re-signed any current players, they have officially sent 22 players down to the Providence Bruins and two back to their junior teams in the OHL.
Four of the 22 players cleared their waivers and got assigned to Providence: Garnet Exelby, Christian Hanson, Jamie Tardif and Trent Whitfield.
These other players will join those four in Rhode Island: Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Button, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Colby Cohen, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Michael Hutchinson, Jared Knight, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Adam Morrison, Tyler Randell, Max Sauve, Ryan Spooner, Niklas Svedberg, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky.
Hutchinson and Svedberg are expected to form the P-Bruins goaltending tandem.
Also, Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban have been reassigned to their OHL junior teams, the Niagara IceDogs and Belleville Bulls respectively. This is an unexpected move for Hamilton because his coach didn’t expect to see him back this fall, but then his coach probably expected the labor negotiations to go better than they have now. The provision to allow first-round picks in the 2011 draft to go to the AHL has not been mentioned–Hamilton would be able to possibly go to Providence. Subban’s return to Belleville was more expected.
Earlier today, Tyler Seguin said he was under the impression he could possibly play in the AHL, although other hockey insiders–and no, not the infamous HockeyyInsiderr–have said that he might be a little uninformed.
I plan to do profiles about many of the players named above and provide more information about them in the coming weeks.