Mark Stuart sent down
Mark Stuart got sent back to Providence following the loss to Pittsburgh. Was his recent recall a showcase of his NHL skills to other teams? Possibly. Entering next season Matt Lashoff and Stuart will be competing for the final spot on defense on the opening day roster. One of them may be moved, with Stuart a more likely candidate. Stuart played well in this recent stint with the Bruins, showing his physical presence and good awareness. He played much better then he did the previous times he has been recalled this season. It helps since his defensive partner is Dennis Wideman, a huge upgrade over his previous partner Jason York, whom he skated with on his last recall.