"Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned center Martin St. Pierre to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) and placed forward Patrice Bergeron on injured reserve.
St. Pierre saw action in all five games during the Bruins recent road trip since being recalled on December 20, and recorded one goal and one assist. His first goal as a Bruin came on a shorthanded tally against the Penguins on Tuesday night. The leading scorer for the P-Bruins this season, St. Pierre has registered a 10-25-35 line in 30 games. His 25 assists lead the team and his 10 goals rank tied for second.
The 25-year-old St. Pierre has appeared in 26 NHL games in his career - 21 with Chicago, five with Boston - and has tallied two goals and four 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. The 5’9’’, 185-pound Ottawa, Ontario native spent the majority of the 2007-2008 campaign playing for Chicago’s AHL affiliate in Rockford where he earned 21-67-88 totals in 69 games.
In 31 games this season, Bergeron compiled a 4-14-18 line and has 76 goals and 131 assists in 270 career NHL games. He was injured during the Bruins/Hurricanes game on Saturday, December 20.
Winners of nine straight, the Bruins will host the Penguins on Thursday, January 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET" -Boston Bruins Official Press Release
Hub Hockey Opinion: Both the assignment of St. Pierre and the placement of Bergeron on the injury reserve are no surprise to me. I have been waiting for the recall of St. Pierre ever since Aaron Ward and Petteri Nokelainen returned from the IR. Ward has played in the last two games but a move needed to take place for Nokie to rejoin the team. Anyhow St. Pierre has been a solid replacement player in the meantime, and just another example of the Bruins depth. I would have rather seen him stay with the big club due to his performance though which has been overlooked in my eyes but still I see good things from him in the future with this team. As for Bergeron, everyone has been waiting for Bergeron to be placed on the IR ever since he suffered his "mild" concussion versus Carolina on the 20th. I don't see Bergy returning to the team until right after the All-Star Game. All precautions must be taken into account when dealing with Patrice, we don't want a future Lindros.