Bruins Assign Defenseman Johnny Boychuk to Providence

by NESN Staff

December 2, 2009

Marc Savard wasn't the only one make news at the TD Garden on Wednesday. The Bruins announced that defenseman Johnny Boyhuck has been sent down to Providence of the AHL.

As NESN.com Bruins insider James Murphy points out in Wednesday's live blog, Boychuck will be with the P-Bruins on a
conditioning stint. Head coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that the move was made to get Boychuck some ice time.

"We sent him down because he hasn't
played in a while and it was important for us to give him a chance to play and
he really wanted that as well," Julien said.

The 25-year old Boychuk has skated in three games this season for Boston, recording five penalty minutes. He has been a healthy scratch for 23 of the team?s 26 games this year.

Last season with the Providence Bruins, Boychuk was the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League?s outstanding defenseman for the 2008-09 season after recording 20 goals and 45 assists in 78 regular season games. His 20 goals and 45 assists were tops amongst all AHL defensemen and set a Providence Bruins team record for points by a blueliner.

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