Friday, October 29, 2010

McGrattan With Providence For Weekend

Boston Heavyweight Enforcer to Return to Boston on Monday
October 29, 2010

The Providence Bruins, entering their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned forward Brian McGrattan to Providence for conditioning. The P-Bruins have three games this weekend, after which McGrattan is scheduled to rejoin Boston on Monday, November 1.

McGrattan, 29, has yet to appear in any of Boston's seven games this season after signing a one-year contract with the Bruins as a free agent on October 11. The right wing was invited to Bruins training camp on a tryout and accompanied the squad to Belfast and Prague.

The ninth-year pro is a veteran of 379 games, including 182 at the NHL level. McGrattan has spent time at the game's top level with the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and, most recently in 2009-10, the Calgary Flames. In parts of five NHL seasons, the right wing has scored 14 points (3g, 11a) and totaled 395 penalty minutes.

In McGrattan's pro career, including AHL time with the Binghamton Senators and San Antonio Rampage, he has registered 61 points (28g, 33a) and racked up 1,448 PIM during the regular season, plus two assists and 28 PIM in eight postseason games. McGrattan owns the AHL single-season penalty minutes record after accumulating 551 in 71 games during the 2004-05 campaign as a member of the Senators. That total included 53 minors, 41 majors, 18 misconducts and six game misconducts.

The native of Hamilton, Ontario, was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings 104th overall in round four of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Goaltenders On The Move

Matt Dalton Reassigned to Reading, Courchaine Sent to Alaska
October 18, 2010

The Providence Bruins, entering their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have reassigned goaltender Matt Dalton from Providence to the Reading Royals of the ECHL. In a related move, Boston has also reassigned goalie Adam Courchaine from Reading to the ECHL's Alaska Aces.

Dalton, 24, saw his only action of the year in Providence's opening night contest with the Springfield Falcons. The second-year pro worked the first two periods of the game, stopping 12 of 16 shots in a 5-1 P-Bruins loss. He leaves Providence with a 6.00 goals-against-average and .750 save percentage. Reading will be familiar territory for the goaltender after backstopping the Royals to the American Conference Finals as a rookie in 2009-10. Dalton was named Reading's Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and Fan's Choice after finishing the regular season with a 22-20-4 record, one shutout, a 3.47 GAA and .906 save percentage in 46 outings. He added a 10-6 mark in the postseason, along with a 3.02 GAA and .914 save percentage. Dalton also went 0-4-1 with a 3.26 GAA and .904 save percentage in six games for Providence as a first-year pro following two seasons with the Bemidji State University Beavers. The Clinton, Ontario, native was signed by Boston to an entry-level contract on April 22, 2009.

Courchaine, 21, moves from Reading to Alaska after appearing in one game for the Royals, a 6-4 loss to the Trenton Devils on October 17. The first-year net-minder got the start and surrendered four goals on nine shots in just 12:47 of work. He leaves Pennsylvania with an 18.77 GAA and .556 save percentage. Courchaine split the 2009-10 campaign between the Erie Otters and Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, going 20-24-1 with a 3.24 GAA and .906 save percentage in 48 games. The Kanata, Ontario, native also went 0-2 in the postseason with a 4.50 GAA and .886 save percentage. Courchaine was signed to an entry-level contract by Boston on September 30, 2007.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Providence Assigns Pair to Reading Royals

P-Bruins Assign Two Defensemen to ECHL
October 12, 2010

The Providence Bruins, entering their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that defensemen Ryan Donald and Alain Goulet have been assigned to the ECHL's Reading Royals.

Donald, 24, leaves Providence without having appeared in a game for the P-Bruins this season. The defenseman signed an AHL contract with Providence on September 17 after making his professional debut late in 2009-10 with the Springfield Falcons. Donald appeared in three games for Springfield while tallying his first pro point with an assist following his senior season with the Yale University Bulldogs. At Yale, the St. Albert, Alberta, native totaled 24 points, including five goals and 19 assists, along with 231 penalty minutes over 123 contests.

Goulet, 22, appeared in one game for Providence this season, going scoreless in the club's opening night loss to Springfield. The blue-liner spent his entire rookie season in 2009-10 with the P-Bruins, scoring 18 points, including three goals and 15 assists, in 71 games. Prior to turning pro, Goulet enjoyed parts of two seasons in college with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks from 2007-08, before then spending a portion of the 2008-09 campaign in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Gatineau Olympiques. He was selected by the Boston Bruins 159th overall in round six of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

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Nolan Schaefer Heading To Providence

Boston Bruins Goalie Clears Waivers
October 12, 2010

The Providence Bruins, entering their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned goaltender Nolan Schaefer to Providence. The goalie was placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment on Monday.

Schaefer, 30, was signed by Boston as a free agent on July 5, inking a one-year contract. The net-minder accompanied the parent Bruins on their overseas trip to Belfast and Prague but did not appear in a game. Now in his eighth professional season, Schaefer returns to the North American game after spending the 2009-10 campaign with CSKA Moskow of the Kontinental Hockey League, where he went 6-10-1 with a 2.66 goals-against-average in 22 games.

Prior to playing in Russia, the native of Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan, appeared in seven NHL contests as a member of the San Jose Sharks in 2005-06, compiling a 5-1-0 record, one shutout, a 1.87 GAA and .920 save percentage. Schaefer has also suited up for several AHL clubs, including the Houston Aeros, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Hershey Bears, Worcester Sharks and Cleveland Barons, as well as the ECHL's Fresno Falcons. In his pro career, he is 118-115-15 with 15 shutouts, a 2.64 GAA and a .907 save percentage in 266 regular season games. Schaefer has also recorded a 10-14 mark, 2.77 GAA and .911 save percentage in 26 postseason outings, all in the AHL.

Schaefer, a four-year member of the Providence College Friars from 1999 until 2003, was selected 166th overall by San Jose in round five of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He is the younger brother of former Bruin, Peter Schaefer, who suited up for Boston in 2007-08 and Providence in 2008-09.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Providence Releases Casey Haines

Providence Bruins Tweak Roster
Training Camp Roster Reduced to 25
October 4, 2010

The Providence Bruins, announced that they have released forward Casey Haines from his tryout agreement.

Haines, 24, leaves Rhode Island after appearing in one preseason game, scoring a goal in Providence's 4-0 win over the Worcester Sharks on September 29. The four-year college product suited up for 142 games for the Ferris State University Bulldogs, totaling 60 points, including 25 goals and 35 assists, plus 101 penalty minutes. The left wing is a native of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

With the move, the P-Bruins' roster is comprised of 25 players, including 14 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders.

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Providence To Add Bartkowski

Boston Bruins Assign Defenseman To Providence
October 6, 2010

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today the team has assigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski to the Providence Bruins. Bartkowski will stay in Prague and join the P-Bruins upon the club’s return from their trip overseas.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Providence Cuts Down Roster

Training Camp Roster Reduced to 26
September 30, 2010

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, entering their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that they have released seven players from their tryout agreements.

Forwards Devin Timberlake and Walker Wintoneak, along with defensemen Jack Christian, Matt Delahey, Matt Generous, Brandon Gentile and Todd Perry, all leave Providence after appearing in the club's 4-0 preseason win over the Worcester Sharks on Wednesday night.

Gentile scored Providence's first goal of the game on the power play, earning him third star honors, while Timberlake later added an assist. Christian and Delahey each tied for a game-best plus-two rating. Perry saw very little action after collecting 20 penalty minutes just 9:30 into the game, including a game misconduct.

With the moves, the P-Bruins roster is comprised of 26 players, including 15 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders.

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