Boston Bruins Make Moves Before Presumed Lockout: Fan's View

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Well, Boston Bruins fans, here it is, Sept. 14, one day before the expiration of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement and one day before a lockout is expected to begin. To me, how this has unfolded has been very disappointing, but that's something for a different article--this is for me to talk about players in the Boston system who have been sent to the AHL's Providence Bruins.

Matt Bartkowski, Ryan Button, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Colby Cohen, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Michael Hutchinson, Jared Knight, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Adam Morrison, Tyler Randell, Max Sauve, Ryan Spooner, Niklas Svedberg, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky have all been assigned to Providence.

These four players cleared waivers and are also headed to Providence: Garnet Exelby, Christian Hanson, Jamie Tardif and Trent Whitfield.

So basically, much of an entire roster has been assigned to Providence, including a goaltending tandem in Hutchinson and Svedberg. However, one person who can't make it to Rhode Island is Dougie Hamilton, who has been reassigned to his junior team, the Niagara IceDogs. Malcolm Subban is also headed back to juniors with the Belleville Bulls. Hamilton and Subban are both too young to play in the NHL, so Hamilton's coach in Niagara will just have to accept the new fact that his player's ascension to the big league has been delayed.

One of the players sent to Providence, Caron, was also among the 17 Bruins who attended NHLPA meetings in New York this week. Only the New York Rangers had better representation and they obviously don't have far to go to get to meetings if they're already back in the city. Every Bruin with a leadership position went to the NHLPA meetings, as did the entire fan-favorite Merlot Line and much of the defensive corps. It was good to see so many of the team there with their fellow players, all of them getting involved in the down-and-dirty process of labor negotiation.

Now we as fans can only hope that the Bruins will continue to play a big role in labor negotiations as they look to stretch past the Sept. 15 CBA expiration.

Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins fan who is still going to follow the players, no matter where they might be in the coming months.

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