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Boychuk assigned to Providence

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 2, 2009 12:21 PM

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Johnny Boychuk has played in only three games this season. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Johnny Boychuk has been assigned to Providence on a conditioning stint. Unless injuries strike the Bruins defense, Boychuk will remain with Providence through at least this weekend.

"It was important for us to give him a chance to play [in Providence]," Claude Julien said. "He willingly wanted that as well. I was pretty clear with him when he signed with us that there could be some situations, if everyone's healthy, that he might end up going down. He's done everything we've asked of him willingly. That's why he's so respected in that dressing room. The players really like him. He's always positive. That's the kind of guy you need in this situation. It doesn't take away that fact that he wants to play. It's obvious that he wants to. But he's not disrupting the team with a bad attitude."

* Tim Thomas was the first goalie off the ice this morning, indicating he'll start tonight against the Lightning.

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