By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
A paper transaction designed to help the Bruins’ daily cap sent Anders Bjork back down to Providence after Wednesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena. But fear not, as midnight came with the B’s officially recalling Bjork from the AHL, as first reported by longtime P-Bruins savant Mark Divver and confirmed by the AHL transaction wire.
The move is shocking to a grand total of zero people (or at least it should be), and comes after Bjork looked like a player who very much belonged in the NHL in his 2019-20 debut in a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Skating on a line with Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner, the 23-year-old Bjork finished with four shots on goal and a hit in 13:17 of time on ice in the win. He nearly struck for a goal, too, but ultimately struck iron on what was a brilliant solo move to the inside. Bjork was on the ice for the Kasperi Kapanen goal that put Toronto on the board (Bjork rode the pine for a few shifts after the goal), but it was a lesson that didn’t take anything away from what was an otherwise solid night.
“I don’t think he hurt himself at all,” Cassidy said after Bjork’s 2019-20 debut. “With [Karson] Kuhlman out, you lose a bit of that motor, a younger guy, get on pucks, and that’s where Bjorkie was good [Tuesday]. That’s what we’re looking for. Can he sustain it, can he be strong on it? And he was. He didn’t hurt us defensively, so that’s a good thing and that bodes well for him, and we’ll see if we find a spot for him on Saturday. But it’s looking that way.”
Bjork has five goals and 15 points in 51 NHL games since 2017.
The Bruins host the Blues on Saturday night in a regular-season rematch of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.