The Bruins will make some roster alterations prior to taking off for Buffalo to face the Sabres on Thursday night at the First Niagara Center.
The Bruins have sent impressive defenseman Kevan Miller and young forward Craig Cunningham back to the Providence Bruins, and called up Marshfield, Mass. native David Warsofsky from the AHL.
Miller has played very well for the Bruins, and part of the problem is that he’s played too well. Per the rules of the CBA, once a player reached 10 games played for an NHL club while on emergency recall, he needs to pass through waivers once he gets reassigned to the AHL. The Bruins didn’t want to risk losing Miller after he put up two points along with a plus-2 rating while playing 17:51 of ice time in nine games in place of the injured Adam McQuaid.
The rugged stay-at-home defenseman quickly earned the confidence of the B’s coaching staff, and has worked his way into the organization’s future plans after proving he can play at the NHL level.
“We felt that Kevan would probably be a waiver pickup by somebody, and didn’t want to risk it,” said Peter Chiarelli. “I spoke to Kevan beforehand, and he understood it. I told him that I felt good about his play up here, and the next time he comes up [to the NHL] it will probably be for good.”
Cunningham was solid in his NHL debut in Tuesday night’s win over the Flames, and posted four shots on net in less than 10 minutes of ice time before quickly getting sent back down to the AHL.
Warsofsky has two goals and 16 points in 26 games for Providence this season, and the former Boston University standout holds a plus-10 rating for the P-Bruins. At 5-foot-9, 170-pounds Warsofsky clearly isn’t the same kind of defenseman as Miller, but will give the Black and Gold a different dimension as Adam McQuaid continues to work himself back into full health.