On the surface, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney’s decision to return forwards Joona Koppanen and Marc McLaughlin to AHL Providence on Monday seemed like nothing more than procedural.
Barring Jake DeBrusk jumping his own timeline — and the release confirming the moves down to Providence for Koppanen and McLaughlin did not come with a corresponding announcement regarding DeBrusk’s status — the Bruins were officially without enough forwards to ice a full 12-forward unit. It was hard to imagine the Bruins rolling with such a look ahead of their Wednesday night showdown with the Maple Leafs up in Toronto.
But it appears that the Bruins, who are on their first three-game losing streak of the season, are instead going for a full-on injection of new blood and fresh legs, with Jakub Lauko and Vinni Lettieri recalled from Providence.
Word of the recalls for Lauko and Lettieri was first reported by Mark Allred of Black N’ Gold Productions.