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by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
4:13 p.m.

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned forward Trent Whitfield to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).

The 32-year-old Whitfield was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on July 13, 2009.  He has appeared in 14 games this season for Boston, registering his first point as a Bruin with an assist on January 21 against Columbus.

Whitfield has skated in 26 games for Providence this year, earning 9-11-20 totals.  In his NHL career, Whitfield has appeared in 191 games with the B’s, Capitals, Rangers and Blues and has tallied 11 goals and 18 assists.

3:30 p.m.
This morning the B's announced that forward Mark Recchi will carry the Vancouver 2010 Olympic torch in his hometown of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Recchi will light the Olympic cauldron outside the city’s Hillside Stadium, near the Tournament Capital Centre.

The torch will arrive in Kamloops at 4:20 p.m. (local time) Wednesday afternoon and make its way through the city before arriving at Hillside Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch relay passes through Kamloops on Day 90 and will conclude its tour in Vancouver on February 12 to kick-start the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. The 2010 Olympic torch has passed through more than 1,000 Canadian communities since it arrived in the nation on October 29, 2009.

Recchi played for Team Canada at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, where the team finished fourth. The veteran forward recently passed Bruins legend John Bucyk for tenth place on the NHL’s all-time games played list with 1,541 games played. Recchi has played in 51 games for the Bruins this season, earning 9-18-27 totals. Over his 22-year NHL career, Recchi has posted 554-915-1469 totals, making him the all-time active leader in assists and points. The two-time Stanley Cup champion was acquired by Boston on March 4, 2009 from Tampa Bay with a 2010 second round draft pick for Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums.

"It’s nice opportunity," said B's head coach Claude Julien. "He’s done a lot in his career to deserve that and also in Kamloops where he’s going to be running with it."

3:12 p.m.

Boston Bruins forwards Steve Begin and Marco Sturm skated before practice on Wednesday.

Begin stuck around for the regular session, while Sturm may be seen on Thursday.

"There’s a chance," said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "I’m not guaranteeing it, but there’s a chance he’ll be on the ice tomorrow.

"Beige was on the ice today, obviously and he’ll be back on the ice tomorrow. He stayed out of the battle drills today, but tomorrow should be full go for him."

Those battle drills were an important part of today's plan.

"You want to win battles, you got to get better at that," said Julien. "You want to score goals, which we’re not scoring enough win hockey games.

"You’ve got to find ways to create those. You got to be willing to get your nose dirty around the net. You got to be able to make plays tight around the net."

The B's power play units began their session at 10:15 and had a lot of time to get on the same page.

"We’ve been scoring some goals with shots from the point with tip-ins, so we’ve got to add a little bit more than that to our team if we want to score some more," he said. "So power play’s going to be another part of that, and with [Marc Savard] back, you hope that that gives that certain power play a boost.

"So it’s a matter of doing all those kind of things," he said.

Julien agreed that just having Savard around the locker room and participating will give the B's a boost.

"Yeah he’s always been that kind of a teammate in the room where he keeps things loose," Julien explained. "[But] when the puck gets dropped, he’s a pretty competitive individual. However it’s perceived at times, he’s a proud competitor.

"To have him around and know that when the chips are down, he’s ready to go, and then when you have days like these, he can also keep the guys a little bit loose and still having fun," continued the coach. "This is as important as anything else. It’s a little heavy right now, but if you don’t have fun going to work, I don’t think you’re as productive."

And hopefully Savard is able to create some momentum.

"I just don’t think Savvy has had a chance to get his game going as far as getting some momentum because he was hurt right off the get go and then he came back and got hurt again," said Julien. "So I think that’s more what I’m looking at -- hopefully keeping him healthy and him finding his groove again, because he makes things happen when he’s on the ice and when he’s at his best."
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