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Gregory Campbell cool with potential move to wing 08.06.14 at 8:19 pm ET
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LOWELL –€” Though he tossed the first pitch prior to Wednesday’€™s Spinner’€™s game, Gregory Campbell will not be a pitcher next season. From there, it gets tougher to narrow down which position he’€™ll play.

Campbell, who has centered Boston’€™s fourth line since the B’€™s acquired the former second-round pick in a trade with the Panthers prior to the 2010-11 season, is due to see plenty of change in the coming season. For starters, Shawn Thornton is gone. Daniel Paille may move up to replace Loui Eriksson on the third line. Plus, with Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev knocking on the NHL‘€™s door, Campbell may be moved to wing. Peter Chiarelli said the possibility has been discussed and that the team feels he’€™d be able to handle it.

Discussing the possibility of the position switch for the first time, Campbell told WEEI.com he would put up no fight if moved to the wing.

“I’€™ve been a center for the last four years, but I’€™m not going to [demand anything]. I want to be in a spot where I can complement other guys,” Campbell said. “If they throw me with whoever it is and I have to play wing and we’€™re a successful line, then so be it. That’€™s where I want to be. I have played center for a long time, so it may take me a few games, but I’€™m sure I can do it.”

The position wouldn’€™t be completely new for Campbell. He played some wing over the course of his five-season tenure with the Panthers, and he’€™s confident he’€™d be able to swing it.

“I played wing in Florida for a while in different seasons,”€ he said. “€œI think the last season I was in Florida I was actually a winger, so I’€™m comfortable with doing that. Obviously I haven’€™t played wing in some time now, but it’€™s a position that I think is easy to adapt to. It’€™s not necessary an easy position to play, but the responsibilities are a little different and I’€™m used to those responsibilities and would welcome the challenge.”

The Bruins are no strangers to moving veteran centers to the wing. Just last season, Chris Kelly was moved to left wing to accommodate Carl Soderberg. In 2011, the B’€™s traded for Rich Peverley and made him a wing on Kelly’€™s line.

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Bruins considering moving Gregory Campbell to wing so Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khokhlachev can play 07.13.14 at 1:36 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins learned this season that Carl Soderberg was too good at center to play out of position on the wing, so they moved their third-line center, Chris Kelly, to left wing and saw that trio with Loui Eriksson become a superb third line.

Now, with young Providence centers Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev seemingly ready for the NHL, Gregory Campbell could be making the move to wing.

General manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday that the team has discussed moving Campbell out of his natural center position to allow one of the young centers to play in the NHL.

The team has been hesitant to move Spooner or Khokhlachev to the wing because they feel the players are better suited for the middle.

“œWhen you move someone to the wing it’€™s the board work, and that’€™s what’€™s really tough,” Chiarelli said. ‘€œIt’€™s almost like pick your poison a little bit with the young guys, but those two players both have really good sticks and they’€™re smart, so body position and timing, getting pucks out of the boards, that’€™s the trickiest part when you move from center to wing, and then standing start.”

Campbell is tougher than both Spooner and Khokhlachev, so he’s more of a sure thing to be able to handle the board work and required battling that comes with playing on the wing.

Such a move would certainly be very Bruins of the Bruins. Claude Julien loves having multiple centers on a line, as it gives him multiple players who can effectively take draws and give the Bruins possession. It’s part of the reason Rich Peverley, a center who was used primarily at wing in his Bruins career, was such a valuable asset in his Boston days.

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Bruins recall Ryan Spooner; Chris Kelly day-to-day 04.09.14 at 5:36 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled center Ryan Spooner from Providence on Wednesday, marking his second recall this month.

Spooner was brought up last week for a pair of games but did not play. His chances of playing this time around are better, as Chris Kelly played only one shift in the final 25 minutes of Tuesday’s game and is considered day-to-day by the team.

Spooner filled in for Kelly earlier in the season when Kelly had a broken fibula. In 22 games for Boston this season, the 22-year-old has no goals and 11 assists for 11 points.

The 2010 second-round pick has 11 goals and 34 assists for 45 points in 45 games for Providence this season.

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Bruins return Ryan Spooner to Providence 04.04.14 at 1:47 pm ET
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The Bruins returned center Ryan Spooner to Providence Friday. Spooner was recalled on Tuesday on an emergency basis.

Though regular players saw time out of the lineup this week (Jarome Iginla sat Wednesday against Detroit, while Carl Soderberg didn’t play in Toronto as he returned to Boston to be with his wife in anticipation of the birth of a child), Spooner did not play in either contest.

The Bruins did not practice Friday. They will return to action Saturday against the Flyers at TD Garden.

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Pierre McGuire on M&M: Peter Chiarelli won’t ‘throw a player overboard’ to make move before trade deadline 02.28.14 at 1:16 pm ET
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NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss the change in play since the Olympic break as well as the trade market. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

In the week following the break, the Bruins, as well as other teams that had multiple players participate in the Olympics, have appeared tired.

“The Bruins aren’t the only team that are experiencing this after the Olympics,” McGuire said. “If you watched Chicago play last night, the first 40 minutes they looked very un-Chicago. If you watched Montreal play against Detroit two nights ago they looked very unlike the Montreal Canadiens. … A lot of teams that had a lot of players that were at the Olympics had a little bit of a hangover, but I think that will all be gone by tonight or tomorrow.”

“I was over there for three weeks, over in Russia for three weeks, and it takes two to three days to be acclimated to the time zones when you’€™re back here in North America.”

Earlier this month, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he wanted to add a defenseman to the team’s lineup. Chiarelli admitted, though, that it was a tough market.

“I don’t think he’s going to throw a player overboard to say he did something,” McGuire said of Chiarelli’s plan as the trade deadline approaches. “I can’t see Peter doing that — the Bruins haven’€™t acted that way since he and Cam Neely took over.

“One of the things that helps make the Bruins a better team is the play of Reilly Smith, and I think what you’€™ll see is Loui Eriksson really step it up here. They’ve become a much more deep team at the forward position, and [Patrice Bergeron] had a phenomenal Olympics so you’ve to got to be excited about where your team is at the forward position.

“That’s one of the things that I think allows Peter to have a little leeway when it comes to making a deal to get a defenseman — their strength at the forward position.”

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Bruins send Ryan Spooner, Zach Trotman to Providence 01.28.14 at 3:47 pm ET
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The Bruins sent center Ryan Spooner and defenseman Zach Trotman to Providence Tuesday.

Spooner’s demotion comes with Chris Kelly being activated from injured reserve as he is set to return from a broken fibula suffered on Dec. 7. Spooner had been centering the third line in Kelly’s place up until the past two games. Carl Soderberg centered the third line Saturday with Spooner out with the flu and stayed there as the Bruins made Spooner a healthy scratch Monday.

In 22 games for the Bruins this season, Spooner has no goals and 11 assists for 11 points. He has five goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 21 games for Providence this season.

The Bruins chose Spooner with the 45th overall pick in the 2010 draft. In his first professional season, Spooner put up 17 goals and 40 assists for 57 points in 59 games for Providence last season. He had an encouraging training camp, but the lack of center jobs available and the team’s intentions of keeping him at center forced him back to Providence.

Spooner said in Dallas this month that he hoped to stay in Boston once Kelly returned, even if it meant he wouldn’t be playing.

‘€œI think for me right now, being here and kind of being in the environment and just watching some of the centermen here would be good for me,” Spooner said, “but I’m not really focused on that right now.’€

Trotman was recalled last week but did not play during his two-game recall.

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Ryan Spooner named AHL All-Star 01.09.14 at 4:23 pm ET
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Bruins forward Ryan Spooner was named an AHL All-Star Thursday. Spooner is currently playing in the NHL with the Bruins.

In 21 AHL games this season, Spooner has five goals and 18 assists for 23 points He has nine points (all assists) in 16 games for the Bruins this season. The Bruins have been using him to center the team’s third line since Chris Kelly went down with a broken fibula on Dec. 7.

This is the first AHL All-Star selection for Spooner, who was a second-round pick of the Bruins in the 2010 draft. The All-Star game will take place during the Olympic break on Feb. 12.

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