Boston Bruins  General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forwards Martins Karsums and Vladimir Sobotka from Providence (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis.
Both players will join Boston for practice on Thursday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington and accompany the team on their upcoming two-game road trip to New Jersey and Nashville. The two young players will ostensibly be taking the roster places occupied by forwards Petteri Nokelainen (eye) and Chuck Kobasew  (upper body and lower body ailments), who both suffered injuries in Tuesday night’s loss to San Jose and significantly shortened Boston’s bench in the process.
Karsums skated in three games for Boston this year and earned his first career NHL  point with an assist on Saturday, January 10 against Carolina. In 43 games for Providence this season, Karsums has tallied 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points, and had most recently been playing for the Latvian National Team as they competed for a qualifying berth in the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Sobotka has played in 19 games for Boston during the 2008-2009 season and recorded 1-2=3 totals. In 25 games with the P-Bruins this year, Sobotka tallied 12 goals and 15 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.