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Bruins sign Jordan Caron, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Tyler Randell, Zach Trotman and Justin Florek 07.18.14 at 2:11 pm ET
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The Bruins announced new contracts for Jordan Caron, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Tyler Randell, Zach Trotman and Justin Florek on Friday. All but Florek’€™s deals have been signed.

As was reported Thursday, Caron’€™s contract is a one-year, one-way deal for $600,000. The rest of the deals are two-way contracts, though Trotman’€™s contract is two-way in the first year and one-way in the second year. Trotman will make $650,000 in the second year of his deal.

Cross received a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $72,500 at the AHL level. Cunningham’s contract is a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 at the AHL level.

Florek received a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $90,000 at the AHL level. Randell’s deal is a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level.

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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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Chris Kelly, Dougie Hamilton practice with Bruins; Adam McQuaid absent 01.23.14 at 11:22 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Both Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton returned to practice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena. Adam McQuaid, who is out with a leg injury, was the only player missing from practice.

Kelly has been out since Dec. 7 with a broken fibula, while Hamilton has missed the last four games with a concussion. Kelly was wearing a grey (third line) jersey along with Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Ryan Spooner. With Kelly out of the lineup, Spooner has centered the third line.

“I was excited to come today,” Kelly said after the practice. “It’s been a little bit longer than I would have liked, but it’s all part of the process of getting better, and today was a good step in the right direction.”

Kelly said he isn’t sure when he will return to the lineup, but Claude Julien said that he will travel to Philadelphia for Saturday’s game and could be in the lineup within a week. The veteran center added that he “pushed it pretty good” in Thursday’s practice and felt good.

“I think I’ve done everything I need to do,” Kelly said. “Conditioning, I felt great. Obviously you can never simulate the physical aspect of the game, but I felt good out there today.”

Julien said it is unclear whether Hamilton will travel, as he hasn’t been cleared to take heavy contact yet.

Also on the ice for the B’s was Zach Trotman, who was recalled Thursday morning on an emergency basis. Trotman had been returned to Providence Tuesday after playing Monday’s game against the Kings. Though the Bruins were off Tuesday and Wednesday, Trotman was able to get a practice in with Providence on Wednesday.

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Bruins recall Zach Trotman at 9:31 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins have recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis.  The team had recalled him for Monday’s game against the Kings and then sent him back.

Trotman’s recall comes with the Bruins still banged up on the right side of their blue line. Dougie Hamilton has missed the last four games with a concussion, while Adam McQuaid left Sunday’s game in Chicago and did not play Monday due to a leg injury. If neither are ready for Saturday’s game in Philadelphia, Trotman will see NHL action for the third time this season.

This is Trotman’s third recall of the season. In two games with the Bruins this season, Trotman has an even rating and is averaging 15:00 of ice time per game.

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Bruins make four cuts, send Zach Trotman to AHL 09.22.13 at 6:30 pm ET
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The Bruins made four cuts from camp Sunday, the most notable of which was defenseman Zach Trotman. Other players released from camp were Malcolm Subban, Carter Camper and Justin Florek.

The 23-year-old Trotman had a standout performance in rookie camp and was something of a darkhorse to potentially win a job as an extra defenseman in Boston. With Trotman cut, it’s nearly a certainty that Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton will be on the roster when the season begins next month.

Camper was also a darkhorse candidate to make the team, as he appeared to be a viable option as a potential third-line right wing. At this point, it appears that Reilly Smith, who was acquired from the Stars this offseason in the Loui Eriksson deal, should win the job.

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With Zach Trotman emerging, B’s young D competition isn’t limited to three 09.17.13 at 2:43 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — With two spots in the lineup and three spots on the roster up for grabs on the Bruins’ blue line, it was logical to assume that the competition would be down to three people: Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton. Now, they have company.

In a preseason in which many were eager to see which forward would shine and take the third-line right wing spot, it’s been defenseman Zach Trotman who has been the standout player at a position that wasn’t really begging for more NHL candidates. Trotman, a 23-year-old right shot defenseman with a serious slap shot, was the darling of rookie camp and began training camp paired with Zdeno Chara. He’s made the most of every opportunity so far in camp, scoring in the third period of Monday’s exhibition win over the Canadiens.

On Tuesday, Julien said that the discussion of which young defensemen will make the team has expanded past the trio of Krug, Bartkowski and Hamilton to now include Trotman and former University of Vermont blueliner Kevan Miller.

“There’s no doubt there are a lot of guys that are in that conversation,” Claude Julien said Tuesday. “Miller played well last night. He’s big, he’s strong. He’s not the [most notable] offensive guy, but defensively he did a great job. There’s lots of guys right now that we have to have a real close look at because we’re going to need some depth down the road when you have some injuries.”

Who would be the odd man out if Trotman or Miller were to make the team? Likely Hamilton. Last postseason, Hamilton’s chances of getting into the lineup were hampered by the fact that Andrew Ference, Wade Redden and Dennis Seidenberg (all of whom were injured at various points) were all left-handed shots. That caused the right-handed Hamilton to get passed over in favor of Krug and Bartkowski, both of whom are lefties.

It seemed that Hamilton being a right shot would help him in camp, as Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk are the only two veteran righties on the back end, meaning that Hamilton had the inside track for one job while Bartkowski and Krug would battle for Ference’s old job. Now, with Trotman (and Miller to a lesser extent) pushing for a job, Hamilton is one of three righties in the mix for that spot.

Following the season, the idea of the now-20-year-old Hamilton potentially starting the season in the AHL seemed possible, but only if the B’s had another right-shot option. With Trotman impressing, it makes that scenario at the very least something the Bruins can entertain. It’s also worth considering that both Bartkowski, 25, and Krug, 22, are more developed than Hamilton and therefore won’t be as negatively impacted by potentially being the seventh defenseman. Hamilton is better off playing now — at either level — as opposed to going days and potentially weeks at a time without game action.

The biggest question with Trotman is a scarily condensed concussion history. He suffered three in a five-month span last season, but he hasn’t been limited in practices thus far in camp.

In addition to his mammoth shot, a plus for Trotman is his size. Hamilton is young and hasn’t had long off seasons the last two summers, so he hasn’t been able to add a ton of weight to fill out his frame. Trotman stands at 6-foot-4 and 202 pounds.

Miller, who has skated with Bartkowski in camp, went undrafted but has spent the last two seasons in Providence. Last season, he had two goals and 14 assists for 16 points in 64 regular-season games, with five assists in nine playoff contests.

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Bruins make three signings 03.25.12 at 1:16 pm ET
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The Bruins announced a pair of signings Sunday, inking forward Justin Florek and defenseman Zach Trotman to entry-level deals. Both players will report to Providence.

Florek was drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2010 draft and just finished his senior season at Northern Michigan University. He had 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points this past year.

Trotman, a seventh-round pick of the B’s in 2010, had 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points as a senior this past season at Lake Superior State University.

Lastly, Kirk Luedeke reported Saturday night that the B’s had signed Michigan State defenseman Torey Krug.

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