MONTREAL -- In a move that might be a search for more offense, or could be a way to get a hand-picked replacement for a dinged-up player, the Bruins have called up Matt Fraser from the Providence Bruins and sent bottom-six forward Justin Florek back to the AHL.
The news, first reported by the Providence Journal's Mark Divver, was confirmed by the Bruins.
Fraser finished with 20 goals and 30 points in 44 games for the P-Bruins. He played 14 games with Boston and scored a pair of goals, but struggled a bit to find room to get off his NHL-caliber release and shot. Fraser was also battling injuries at the end of the AHL season, but had three goals and five points in Providence’s first-round playoff series against Springfield.
The big-bodied Florek had two points along with a plus-1 rating in four playoff games thus far, but had been a healthy scratch in favor of Jordan Caron over the last couple of games against the Canadiens. Fraser could be an alternative to Caron on the fourth line, but doesn’t really profile as a fourth-line kind of player.
Interestingly, Fraser was apart of the Tyler Seguin deal with Dallas that has already placed Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith into the Boston lineup for Thursday night’s pivotal Game 4 at the Bell Centre.
It would seem Fraser’s presence is more an insurance policy for a top-six winger who might be questionable for tonight's game, given the young winger’s offensive skill set. But there were no obvious injuries suffered by any of the prominent Bruins forwards in Tuesday night’s Game 3 loss in Montreal.