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B’s send Spooner back to AHL, Eriksson return close?

Nov 4, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

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Despite impressing the Bruins organization with a pair of assists in two games since his call-up, Ryan Spooner has been sent back to AHL Providence.

Spooner, 21, notched helpers in Thursday’s win over Anaheim and Saturday’s loss to the Islanders, his first two NHL points. The overall performance marked what many thought would be a lengthy trial with Boston — despite their solid depth up front, the Bruins were looking for an offensive spark and Spooner, who’s been nearly a point-a-game scorer with Providence, was thought to be that spark.

But things got in the way.

Specifically, the pending return of winger Loui Eriksson from a concussion. Eriksson has resumed practicing and is believed to be ready to re-join the Bruins soon — Boston opens up a five-game homestand on Tuesday vs. Dallas (Eriksson’s old team) and will go on to face Florida, Toronto, Tampa Bay and Columbus.

Eriksson hasn’t played since taking a high hit from Buffalo’s John Scott on Oct. 23, missing the last five games.



  1. amityvillefun - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Spooner is not the one that should be going back to Providence. It should be Caron! Spooner has shown some serious skills and I really don’t see all that much out of Caron unless you happen to like turnovers and sluggish play. He just can’t seem to make the jump to the NHL, no matter how many tries he gets. Chris Bourque was better!

    It’s great news that Loui should be coming back…hopefully in time to play Dallas.

    The real question is: “Who is going to step up to John Scott when the Bruins face the Sabres again?”

    • stonebullet - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      You’re right it should be Caron; but it can’t be. He has a 1-way deal meaning he’d have to clear waviers (which he wouldn’t, some one would pick him up) so the Bruins wouls lose him for nothing. They need to trade him but he hasn’t exactly shown as much value to other teams yet or else he’d probably be gone by now.

      Spoons was fun to watch and he’ll be back again.

    • gmanonthird - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Stonebullet is on point with his potential reasoning to keep Caron on the NHL roster.

      The Bruins have also expressed the desire to keep Spooner at his natural position, so they would ideally keep him playing Center for Providence. Spooner can continue to develop his game playing major minutes while he waits for a full time opening at Center with the Bruins. In the meantime, the Bruins can continue to reward him with callups, but until there’s a full time spot for him, he’ll continue to play in the AHL.

      As far as Caron goes, I think there is still hope that he can play in the NHL, but he may have to model his game as a 4th line grinder. I agree he doesn’t have the offensive vision that Chris Bourque did, but he doesn’t get pushed off the puck by a strong breeze.He has the physical tools to be successful in the NHL, but will need to bring the intensity he showed in the first couple of games, if he has any hope at becoming a solid bottom six forward.

  2. nunan - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    It’s not just about Caron vs Spooner. It’s about their fit into the lineup. The role they can play with their skill-sets. I would prefer spooner with Kelly moving to wing but they clearly like Kelly in his defensive center man role. Not as clear cut as just putting the most skilled player in there all the time. Spooner is by far their best prospect and he’s knocking on the door. Won’t be long until he’s here permanently.

  3. amityvillefun - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Is it me or has Marchand been a ghost of his former self since his party buddy Seguin got traded?

    The “little ball of hate” hasn’t been playing with the fire that got him to the NHL at all this season.

    He needs to play hard every game to be effective at his size and skill level. Without that 3rd gear he’s a liability. That being said, I hope he gets his game back…and quick!

  4. dboldave - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Marchand looks nothing like the player that led the B’s in goals last year. I don’t know what is going on with him but I’d love to see it fixed because they need him now.

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