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Vladimir Sobotka, Martin St. Pierre, Matt Lashoff sent to Providence

With the NHL [1] officially on break for NHL [2] All-Star weekend in Montreal, Boston Bruins [3] General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned forward Vladimir Sobotka, forward Martin St. Pierre, and defenseman Matt Lashoff to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

The move signals that at least some of the battered B’s (Bergeron, Lucic, Ference) could be ready to return following the All-Star break, and that Aaron Ward [4] didn’t have any additional problems with his charley horse issue following last night’s OT tangle with the Maple Leafs. As far as the Baby B’s go, both Sobotka and St. Pierre had their moments — both good and bad — but Lashoff continues to confound with his inability to become more of a factor out on the ice. The compete factor has certainly been raised a bit, but he hasn’t shown any of the D-man offensive skills that are on full display down in Providence.

This appeared to a big season for Lashoff heading in, and there hasn’t much pay-off in Boston as of yet…

It should also be noted that St. Pierre will now be available to play in the AHL All-Star Game in Worcester next week — a nice little hockey treat for some of the good things that he’s done while up wielding his wildly oversized stick with the Bruins over the last month.

Here’s some info from the B’s release:

Sobotka has played in 19 games for Boston during the 2008-2009 season and recorded 1-2=3 totals. In 19 games with the P-Bruins this year, Sobotka tallied 11 goals and 12 assists.

He split the 2007-2008 season between Boston and Providence. With Boston, he saw action in 48 regular season games and contributed one goal and six assists and added two goals in six postseason games. With
Providence last year, he had 10-10=20 totals in 18 regular season games and added four assists over six postseason games.

Sobotka was originally drafted by the Bruins in the 4th round (106th overall) in the 2005 NHL [5] Entry Draft.

St. Pierre has seen action in 14 games for Boston this year and recorded 2-2=4 totals. He netted the shootout-tying goal during Boston’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs [6] on Wednesday night. In 32 games with the P-Bruins this season, he registered a 10-28=38.

The 25-year-old St. Pierre has appeared in 35 NHL games in his career ‘€“ 21 with Chicago, 14 with Boston ‘€“ and has tallied three goals and five assists. Signed as a free agent by the Blackhawks on November 12, 2005,
St. Pierre was acquired by the Bruins on July 24, 2008 in exchange for Pascal Pelletier.

Lashoff has seen action in 16 games for Boston this season, registering one assist, and has played in 18 games for Providence with 4-12=16 totals. He split last season between Boston and Providence and appeared in 18 NHL games, registering 1-4=5 totals and appeared in 60 games for
the P-Bruins, tallying 9-27=36 totals. The 22-yearold Lashoff was originally drafted by Boston in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has appeared in 43 NHL games in his career.

The Boston Bruins return to action after the NHL All-Star Break on Tuesday, January 27th when they host the Washington Capitals [7] at 7:00 p.m. ET.  Five Bruins will participate in this weekend’s NHL All-Star
festivities, with Zdeno Chara [8], Marc Savard [9] and Tim Thomas [10] suiting up for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, head coach Claude Julien [11] coaching the Eastern Conference All-Stars and rookie Blake Wheeler [12] participating in the 2009 YoungStars game. Milan Lucic [13] was selected to play in the YoungStars game but he will be unable to participate due to injury. The All-Star festivities will be televised nationally in the U.S. on VERSUS
on Saturday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET (SuperSkills Competition) and Sunday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m. ET (All-Star Game).