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Boston Bruins assign winger Paul Carey to Providence

Boston Bruins assign winger Paul Carey to Providence

The Boston Bruins are making another minor roster change that could have some significance for the squad.

The team has assigned winger Paul Carey to their AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, according to the team's official Twitter. Carey skated in two games for the Bruins and didn't log a point.

Carey was called up amid a slew of injuries to the team's depth on the wing. But with David Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk returning to the lineup, Carey was pushed back into a reserve role. He did fairly well when on the ice, but the Bruins still elected to send him down.

It's unclear exactly why the team sent Carey down, but it could be related to Sean Kuraly's injury. Kuraly blocked a shot with his hand against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, and he couldn't continue on in the game. His status moving forward is unclear.

Kuraly had been centering the Bruins' third line in recent games, so it's possible the Bruins could call up Trent Frederic to take on that role if Kuraly is out. However, it seems more likely that Charlie Coyle would move from second-line wing to third-line center to occupy that role. It doesn't mean Frederic won't be called up, but the team could just bring up another winger that they think fits better than Carey at this point in time.

Karson Kuhlman, Lee Stempniak, and Peter Cehlarik have all spent time with the team this season. They remain call-up candidates in Carey's place and have all spent time on the second line with David Krejci at times this season.

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Report: Bruins reshuffle deck with Clifton, Carey call-ups

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Report: Bruins reshuffle deck with Clifton, Carey call-ups

With the Bruins having lost a couple of games in a row to the Penguins and Blue Jackets in pretty bad defensive fashion, they're going to shuffle the deck a little bit.

Defenseman Connor Clifton and forward Paul Carey are both getting called up to the NHL and are on a plane bound for Winnipeg ahead of the Thursday night tilt against the Jets, per a tweet from Providence Journal reporter Mark Divver. Carey has 14 goals and 20 points in 21 games for Providence since being traded back to the B’s organization and Clifton impressed Bruins officials with his poise, feistiness and positive impact when he was up with the NHL team earlier this season.

Clifton, 23, was a plus-2 with 11 penalty minutes in nine games with Boston earlier this season and the former Quinnipiac star certainly had some surprising swagger in his game as an unheralded prospect. Carey, a former Boston College standout, has 97 games of NHL experience (eight goals and 16 points) and will provide the B’s with a stopgap solution on the wing capable of bringing consistency, a bit of offense and poise in late regular-season games while the Bruins wait for Jake DeBrusk, Marcus Johansson and David Pastrnak to heal from their injuries.

The Bruins are missing three of their top-four wingers to injuries and those absences are beginning to show in the results for a team suddenly reeling a little bit after their epic point streak.   

It remains to be seen if B’s players are getting sent back to Providence to make room for Carey and Clifton, but both Trent Frederic and Peter Cehlarik didn’t have any impact in a disappointing Tuesday night loss in Columbus. 
 

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