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Larman Ready if Necessary

by Samantha Wood / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- As the Bruins arrive at the TD Garden after a long three-game stint on the West Coast, they’ll have a new face in the locker room, Drew Larman.

Earlier this morning it was announced that the 6’3” 195-pound forward would be recalled from Providence on an emergency basis.

Though it remains unclear if he will definitely be in the lineup or for whom he will fill in, Larman remains optimistic.

“I’m preparing like I’m playing,” he said. “It’s been almost two years now [since playing in the NHL] and I’ve been scrapping and clawing to get back up here and get another opportunity.

“I’m more than ready now.”

The Canton, Michigan native has played in 43 games so far this season, registering five goals and four assists. All of his NHL appearances were with the Florida Panthers in 2008. He played 22 games with them, with 2-1-3 totals.

After the rash of key Bruins injuries, the B’s locker room isn’t  exactly foreign territory for Providence transplants. Recent P-Bruins, Trent Whitfield and Adam McQuaid were on hand to greet Larman.

“[It’s] a comfortable feeling because I’ve played many games with them already,” Larman said. “It’s great to be reunited with them again.”

Fellow center Whitfield is confident Larman will easily fit in.

“He penalty kills really well, works really hard, and he’s really reliable defensively,” Whitfield said. “He’s just a real laidback guy, but when he puts his skates on, he’s focused and plays hard and does his job.”

Larman said he always plays with the possibility of moving up to the NHL in the back of his mind. As the lineup gets finalized for today’s matinee against Ottawa, Larman is preparing for his chance to play his first game in a Boston Bruins uniform.

“You always know obviously your goal is get into the NHL,” he said. “You’re always thinking that so you’re always looking for opportunities and making the most of it.”
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