The Boston Bruins made news on Wednesday afternoon. They have assigned Karson Kuhlman, Jeremy Lauzon and Dan Vladar to the AHL’s Providence Bruins. The NHL’s Bruins have nine days off thanks to the NHL’s All-Star break and mandated bye week. They return to action on January 31st in Winnipeg.
Lauzon was recalled on Tuesday morning and played his second game of the season on Tuesday night. He scored his first goal of the season in the Bruins 3-2 victory over Vegas. Lauzon played 15:38 in the victory and finished the night with a +2 rating. In 43 games with AHL Providence, Lauzon has 13 points (1 g, 12 a) and a +18 rating.
Kuhlman, 24, has played eleven NHL games this season. He has three points (0 g, 3 a) and recently returned from a lower-body injury. Kuhlman suffered his injury on October 19th. He did not return to the NHL until January 16th. All three of his points have come in the three games since his return. Kuhlman played four games during a conditioning stint in Providence earlier this month. He scored two goals and added an assist.
Vladar has served as Jaroslav Halak’s backup since Tuukka Rask was placed on IR with a concussion last week. He has yet to make his NHL debut. Vladar is 6-6-0 with a .934 save percentage in 13 AHL appearances this season. He also played one game (1-0-0, .909 save percentage) for the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators.
Providence will play three games during the Bruins break. They host Lehigh Valley tonight (6:05 pm) and Friday night (7:05 pm), then host Hershey on Saturday night (7:05 pm).
The Bruins need to have two active goalies on their roster during the break. They currently only have one in Halak. A corresponding roster move will come to keep the club compliant. Expect more Bruins news.