Caron among Bruins sent to Providence; Seguin omitted


Caron among Bruins sent to Providence; Seguin omitted

The Bruins had to announce their assignments to Providence by Friday for players that will be in the AHL should there be an NHL lockout imposed, and 20-year-old Tyler Seguin was not on the list of players.

That means the 20-year-old Seguin wont be playing in the AHL this season as a young Patrice Bergeron did for the P-Bruins during the last lockout. The young All-Star forward had admitted to the media earlier on Friday that he was eligible to be sent down to Providence for the season, but Seguin didnt sound very enthused at the prospects.

I dont know. Obviously I want to play hockey, said Seguin, who said hes also in the market this fall for a permanent residence in Boston. I want to play in the NHL and I hope that works out. But if not I can always go overseas or I can play in the AHL.

Seguin like the rest of the Bruins players will stick around Boston through at least the month of September before potentially making a decision if it appears there will be a lengthy lockout. Interestingly the young Bruins forward would qualify for potential work in the KHL this season given that he just barely passed the 150 NHL games of experience required, and has won a Stanley Cup championship among their list of requirements for non-Russian NHL players.

Anthon Khudobin was also a player that potentially could have been assigned to Providence if he cleared through waivers, but the Bruins werent going to risk losing their backup goaltender. Chris Bourque and defenseman Aaron Johnson were also not among the players cleared for P-Bruins work, and will be locked out along with the bulk of Bostons returning roster.

Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban were assigned to their respective OHL junior hockey teams. But the promising Hamilton told in an interview last month that hell be reporting to Bs training camp from his Niagara team once the lockout is over.

So Jordan Caron will headline a group of young Bs prospects that were all assigned to Providence on Friday, and will report for AHL training camp on Sept. 28 in Providence. Here is the list of Bs players assigned to Providence on Friday as the entire NHL braces for this weekends seemingly inevitable lockout:

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.

The following players have cleared waivers and have been assigned to Providence: Garnet Exelby, Christian Hanson, Jamie Tardif and Trent Whitfield.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.