The trip from the warmth of Florida to the cold of New England was a little more disappointing for Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who was assigned to Providence (AHL), the club announced today.

Boychuk was recalled earlier this week and appeared in one game — a 14-minute, 48-second performance in the win over Tampa Thursday.

This move leaves the Bruins with six definitely healthy defensemen and means that the club is probably confident Aaron Ward, deemed out a week one week ago Monday, will be able to return to the ice soon.

The Bruins will host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Banknorth Garden Monday night.