Many have been campaigning in recent days for the Bruins to utilize the same loophole Los Angeles used earlier this season with Brayden Schenn to send rookie Tyler Seguin to the Providence (AHL) farm club on a conditioning assignment.
By this comments during his weekly appearance on the Toucher & Rich Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, however, general manager Peter Chiarelli doesn’t sound like a guy looking to use that loophole.
“It’s certainly a good idea in general,” the GM said. “He’d have to be injured or sick to go down there. So that’s unlikely.”
The topic has been raised because it’s likely Seguin will be a healthy scratch tonight against Montreal at TD Garden after the recall of Jordan Caron from the P-Bruins. Seguin’s ice time has slipped over the course of the last four games, as he has played 9:26 or less each night.
The agreement between the NHL and CHL requires the Bruins to return to Seguin to his junior team if he’s not going to be on the NHL roster because of his age. The Kings are considered the first team to utilize their AHL affiliate to postpone a decision on whether to send a play back to junior of keep him when they lent Schenn to their Manchester (AHL) club.
Maybe Chiarelli was playing coy, but you have to hope the organization is at least contemplating this type of forward thinking, which would benefit the development of one of their prized players without weakening their NHL product.