Spooner returned to AHL Providence

Spooner returned to AHL Providence
April 4, 2014, 2:00 pm
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The Bruins have returned from the quick two-game road trip without being forced into pushing Ryan Spooner into the lineup, and returned him to the AHL farm club on Friday afternoon. Spooner was brought up to Boston on emergency recall with Carl Soderberg’s wife about to deliver their child, and with David Krejci fighting through a nagging sore throat as they left for Detroit and Toronto.

Krejci was able to play through both losses to the Red Wings and Maple Leafs, and Jordan Caron filled in for Soderberg when he skipped the Toronto game to be with his family. Spooner has appeared in 22 games in previous stints with the Bruins through December and January, and totaled 11 assists during that time while still looking for his first NHL goal.

In 42 games for Providence this season, Spooner has 10 goals and 30 assists with a plus-11 after pulling out of an extended slump in the month of February following his return to Providence. Spooner’s previous NHL stint ended with an illness that took 10 pounds from Spooner’s already slender frame, and it took him a significant stretch to gather the strength back in the AHL.

While Spooner is headed back to Providence now, he’s expected to be one of the players in serious running for a spot among the B’s Black Aces during the Stanley Cup playoffs along with Niklas Svedberg, Justin Florek, Matt Fraser, David Warsofsky and Zach Trotman.