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B's Shore Up Lineup With Four

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- On Thursday, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the club had signed defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to a 1-year contract, forward Gregory Campbell to a 2-year contract, forward Jeff LoVecchio to a 1-year contract and defenseman Adam McQuaid to a 2 -year contract.

The 22-year-old Andrew Bodnarchuk is a veteran of five NHL regular season games and registered two penalty minutes in those contests.

"I think Andy had a real solid year last year," said Chiarelli during a conference call (MP3). "The year before I thought he had more downs than ups, but last year I thought he really figured out the game and he simplified it for his game.

"I saw a guy who’s turning the corner a bit. He is still quite young but he has good speed and good compete.

"He did play with us a little bit and I didn’t mind his game up with us."

Bodnarchuk skated 132 regular season games with Providence over the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons compiling a total of 6 goals, 19 assists, 25 points and 84 penalty minutes.

He played his first NHL game on April 3rd, 2010 in Toronto where he was recalled to Boston and played in 5 scoreless games. He spent most of his 2009-10 season with Providence with 5-10-15 totals and 51 PIM in 70 AHL Bruins games.

The 5’11”, 185-pound native of Drumheller, AB, Canada was originally selected by Boston in the 2006 entry draft (5th round, 128th overall).

Campbell (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
The 26-year-old Campbell skated in 60 games for Florida last season and registered 2-15-17 totals. In 363 games over six seasons in his NHL career – all with Florida – he has tallied 29-56-85 totals and 312 penalty minutes.

"Well, he’s a very versatile player and if you look closely at his stats other than his goals and assists he blocks a lot of shots, takes a lot of face-off’s," said Chiarelli. "He actually locks up some good minutes.

"With Gregory it’s versatility, it’s grit, and he’s another guy that can play up and down the lineup."

Campbell, a 6’0”, 199-pound native of London Ontario was originally drafted by the Panthers in the third round (67th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins acquired the forward on June 22, 2010 along with Nathan Horton in exchange for Dennis Wideman and the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

In two injury-shortened AHL seasons, Lovecchio, 24, has played in 79 games with 18 goals and 11 assists for 29 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes. Last season, LoVecchio skated in 65 games for the Providence Bruins, with 15-9-24 totals along with 32 penalty minutes, all career highs for the left-winger.

While he missed the entire 2008-2009 season with a concussion he sustained in July 2008, LoVecchio came back to finish the 2009-2010 season ranked ninth in points on the B's AHL affiliate in Rhode Island.

"He really missed his first year pro," said Chiarelli. "We were able to assess him last year, because he had the injury his first year pro, and last year was officially his second year pro but it was his first year playing.

Jeff LoVecchio Providence Bruins AHL
"He is a big guy who can kill penalties and can skate.

"I really have to see more of him beyond just the one year but he showed us enough that we wanted to bring him back and we feel he has a chance to play some games and to add to our depth," he said.

The 6’2”, 205 pound Chesterfield, Missouri native made his pro debut with Providence on March 14, 2008.

Much of the talk during Peter Chiarelli's conference call centered around McQuaid.

The 23-year-old is a veteran of just 19 NHL regular season games and has registered 1 goal and 21 penalty minutes in those contests. McQuaid split the 2009-2010 season between Boston and Providence.

"I think he is close, but the way we structured the deal is that the first year is a two-way deal and the second year is a one way deal so we’re projecting little over the course of the term," said Chiarelli. "He is going to need waivers so that will be something that we’ll have to deal with at the time. He showed a real good progression in Providence and I think Rob Murray and Bruce Cassidy have done a good job with him down there, even Scott Gordon before that. He is maturing as a player.

McQuaid. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
He skated 32 games with Providence this past season compiling 3 goals, 7 assists, 10 points and 6 penalty minutes. He was recalled on five occasions to Boston and skated in 19 regular season games.

McQuaid played his first NHL game on December 19th in Toronto. He scored his first career NHL goal with the game winning goal on February 7th in Montreal which came in his 12th career NHL game. He skated in 9 post-season games with Boston with 6 penalty minutes.

During his 2008-2009 campaign with Providence, he set career-highs in goals (4), assists (11), points (15), penalty minutes (141) and games (78). He suited up in career- best 16 playoff games, adding three assists. He also received the P-Bruins Hendricks Memorial Fan Appreciation Award.

The 6’5”, 209-pound native of Charlottetown, PE, Canada was originally selected by Columbus in the 2005 entry draft (2nd round, 55th overall). He was acquired by Boston from Columbus on May 16, 2007 in exchange for a 2007 fifth round draft pick.

"He is a big strong kid and he showed a lot of compete," said Chiarelli. "He showed me a lot of progress in practice when he was playing up here, so he is close.

"I think he has a chance to be a real regular in that five six pair," continued the GM. "With this defenseman position it is a hard craft to learn now in these new rules and he is showing me he can learn it, which is very promising.

"We have him as an AHL player in very short order and he may progress even from there."
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