B's make roster moves ahead of tonight's game

The Bruins announced a number of transactions Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, the team recalled Jeff LoVecchio from the Providence Bruins (AHL), made Jeremy Reich and Wyatt Smith available to play in Tuesday night’s game against the Capitals and assigned defenseman Nathan McIver to the Providence Bruins. Then early Tuesday afternoon, the Bruins announced that they had released two players from training camp, forwards Ryan Spooner -- who had impressed the team brass with his offensive skill -- and Jamie Arniel. Arniel was assigned to Providence and Spooner was returned to his junior club, the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League.

Following the first session of practice for players playing in tonight's game at Washington, head coach Claude Julien discussed the first three transactions.

"It's needing bodies for tonight but also for the guys that deserve to get another game," Julien said when asked about the recalls of LoVecchio, Reich and Smith who had already been assigned to Providence last week. "With Smith, because he was injured and he's a guy that we think we can rely on like we did with Whitfield last year. He's got a lot of experience in the NHL and we (the coaching staff) need to have a look at him and see what he will bring. I think LoVecchio, and the way he's played, deserves certainly another game. Reich is also another guy that we're going to rely on. So that's some of the reasoning there -- there's merit in there -- and then yes, with the two games, we left some of our veterans behind and this gives us more bodies."

Here is the roster for tonight's preseason game at Washington:

FORWARDS: Gregory Campbell, Joe Colborne, Zach Hamill, Jeff LoVecchio,

Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Jeremy Reich, Michael Ryder,

Wyatt Smith, Shawn Thornton, Blake Wheeler

DEFENSEMEN: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Matt Hunwick, Steven

Kampfer, Adam McQuaid, Mark Stuart

GOALTENDERS: Tuukka Rask, Nolan Schaefer