Sunday, January 20, 2013
B's send Warsofsky to Providence
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins made a pair of transactions Sunday morning, assigning defenseman David Warsofsky to the Providence Bruins, while defenseman Aaron Johnson completed his conditioning stint with the P-Bruins and has rejoined Boston.
Johnson, who signed a two-way, one-year deal with Boston last July, played two games for Providence and is back on the practice ice with the Bruins this morning.
“It was nothing against David. Aaron Johnson was sent down on a conditioning stint to play a few games on the weekend,” coach Claude Julien said. “He’s an NHL-caliber defenseman and that’s why we signed him. We have him back right now and that was a decision upper management made [Saturday night].
Warsofsky recently participated in the six-day training camp for the Bruins and was on the Opening Night roster but did not play. Prior to camp, the blueliner played 30 games for the P-Bruins and recorded two goals, seven assists for nine points. He’ll likely be in the P-Bruins’ lineup today against the Connecticut Whaler at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
“Don’t get me wrong, we like [Warsofsky] and we like him a lot,” Julien said. “He’s a good defenseman who moves the puck extremely well, skates well and is actually an important player for the Providence team. We’ve got seven Ds here, and what you don’t like doing is keeping those young guys not playing. They’re so close by [in Providence] that if need be, it’s easier to call them up and know that they’ve played and they have a better impact than if they’ve been sitting around for a few weeks. We’ve taken that approach with our young players and it’s worked out well.”