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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Hamill clears waivers, headed to Providence

By James Murphy

Wilmington, Mass. -- Bruins forward Zach Hamill, who was waived by the team Monday, cleared waivers Tuesday and will be sent down to Providence. The 2007 first-round pick had a strong start to his recent stint with the big club, but has struggled overall with just two assists and no goals in 16 NHL games this season. But according to head coach Claude Julien, it hasn’t so much been Hamill’s production as much as it is his strength and consistency.

“I just think again he needs to get a little bit stronger,” Julien said. “He’s a guy that’s capable of making plays and he’s a smart individual. He came up and really had a good, strong showing but the thing is trying to maintain that level of play. Sometimes it drops and sometimes it drops because they don’t play much or they get to be healthy scratches and you have to send them back to find their game again. But I really liked a lot of things he did. He sees the ice well, he understands the system very well and he’s a smart player. Probably the one thing though is his strength and is something he needs to keep working on and keeping the level of play where it was when he first came here.”

Jordan Caron, who played in the 4-1 win over Washington Sunday, will remain with the Bruins as they travel to Buffalo for a tilt with the Sabres Wednesday night.