January 24, 2013
The Providence Bruins, in their 21st season in the American Hockey League, announced today that the Boston Bruins have reassigned goaltender Adam Morrison to Providence from the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL). In a separate transaction, Boston has also reassigned defenseman Colby Cohen to South Carolina. Also in separate transactions, the Providence Bruins announced that forward Tyler McNeely and defensemen Eric Baier have been released from their PTOs.
Cohen, a 6'3", 215-pound defenseman has missed the last 16 games due to a lower body injury. In 16 games with Providence this season, the Villanova, PA native has tallied three assists and 14 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by Colorado 45th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Cohen was acquired by Boston in a trade for Matt Hunwick on November 29, 2010. In 140 professional games, the Boston University alum has recorded 32 points on six goals and 26 helpers.
McNeely was signed to a PTO on January 9. The forward skated in four games for the Bruins, recording one assist. Prior to joining the Bruins, McNeely skated in 38 games with the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL), registering a team-high 34 points. The Burnaby, British Columbia native spent the 2010-11 campaign with Bridgeport (AHL) and registered 32 points on 76 games. Prior to turning pro, the 5'10", 175-pound forward spent four years at Northeastern University, where he tallied 105 points (44g, 61a) in 142 games and captained the squad as a junior and senior.
Baier, a native of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, skated in 34 games for the Trenton Titans (ECHL) this season, putting up six points and 10 penalty minutes before being signed to a PTO with Providence on January 9. Prior to turning pro in 2010-11, Baier spent four years on the blue line at Providence College where he tallied 32 points on nine goals and 23 assists in 127 games. As a senior in 2010-11, he led all defensemen with 12 points (5g, 7a). He made his professional debut on March 6, 2011 with the Reading Royals (ECHL). He has since played with the Portland Pirates, Rockford IceHogs, Albany Devils and Trenton. In his first full professional season in 2011-12, Baier tallied a career-high 17 points and finished second among Titans defensemen.
*Information obtained from www.providencebruins.com