By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Bruins defenseman Jeremy Lauzon will serve the second and final game of his two-game suspension on Wednesday night, as the team has recalled him from Providence ahead of their head-to-head with the Canadiens at TD Garden.
Hit with a two-game ban for his illegal check to the head of Arizona forward Derek Stepan, the 22-year-old Lauzon was forced to watch Sunday’s loss to the Red Wings as a spectator before the Bruins demoted him to the AHL on Monday. Lauzon’s move back to the minors, mind you, was merely for daily cap purposes as the Black and Gold front office continue to pinch their pennies and stay hyper-focused on paper transaction in an effort to maximize their trade deadline cap space.
Why call up a suspended player? Well, look at it this way: Lauzon is going to have to serve the suspension to its completion no matter what. Call him up today, call him up next week, call him up next season. The final game of that suspension still needs to be served, and it makes all the sense in the world to recall him for tonight’s game rather than delay it and run the risk of you actually needing him on your roster because of injury, performance, or a suspension for somebody else.
The 6-foot-1 defender has appeared in seven games for the Big B’s this season, with one goal on 10 shots to go with nine hits and five blocked shots along with a plus-2 rating.
With Lauzon out, Johnny Moore will remain in the Boston lineup opposite Matt Grzelcyk on the B’s third pairing.