Report: Bruins to loan Pastrnak out for World Juniors

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According to Czech news outlet Hokej.cz, Bruins rookie David Pastrnak will be loaned out to the Czech team for the upcoming World Junior tournament in Toronto and Montreal.

Here’s a (rough) Google translation of what Czech head coach Miroslav Prerost said about the loan:

It is so. At three o’clock in the morning I received from management Bruins email, in which we have everything confirmed.

“We are obviously pleased David is a very important player for us.”

According to Hockej.cz, Pastrnak will join the club following AHL Providence’s game in Manchester on Dec. 20. The World Junior tourney starts on the 26th with the Czechs opening against Sweden, the reigning silver medalists.

Pastrnak, 18, is a huge get. The 25th overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, he wowed the B’s with his play in the preseason and has been a dynamic scorer at the AHL level, sitting second among all Providence skaters with 20 points through 19 games.

Pastrnak’s solid play in the American League also earned him a five-game cameo for Boston, in which he scored his first-ever NHL point.

Bruins recall Cunningham from AHL

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The Boston Bruins have recalled forward Craig Cunningham from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.

As CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty points out, Cunningham’s recall is likely insurance for David Krejci (lower body), who remains a question mark.

Simon Gagne is also unavailable Thursday when the Bruins play host to Chicago as he has taken a leave of absence to be with his ailing father.

Cunningham was recalled by the Bruins on Nov. 30, but did not appear in a game before being reassigned Dec. 3.

The 24-year-old appeared in three games with Boston to start the season averaging 11:26 in ice time.

Cunningham is pointless in five career NHL games with the Bruins.

In 21 AHL games this season, Cunningham has five goals and 15 assists.

Gagne on ‘indefinite’ personal leave from Bruins (Updated)

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Simon Gagne missed his second straight day of practice on Wednesday, a situation that raised eyebrows after Boston head coach Claude Julien said the veteran winger’s on an “indefinite” leave of absence.

Details of said leave are not known. Gagne is reportedly dealing with a personal matter.

The 34-year-old, who returned from a one-year hiatus to sign with the Bruins this fall, has spent the majority of this season as a fourth-liner. Gagne’s made 23 appearances, scoring three goals and four points, and scored the game-winner in his last outing — a 5-2 win over the Coyotes in Arizona on Saturday.

It remains to be seen if Gagne will miss any game action while on leave. The B’s are in the midst of a four-night break and won’t play again until Thursday, when they host Chicago at TD Garden. From there, though, things will get busy — the Bruins play four times between Dec 13-19 with games against Ottawa, Nashville, Minnesota and Winnipeg.

Update: From TVA’s Renaud Lavoie…

Bruins release veteran d-man White from AHL PTO

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Longtime NHL defenseman Ian White has been released from his professional tryout with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence, per the Journal.

White, 30, scored a goal and five points in eight games with the B’s but finished his stint with a minus-5 rating. The former Leaf, Flame, Hurricane, Shark and Red Wing — who has over 500 big-league games on his resume — is probably done with the organization; Boston had nine defenseman practicing this morning, including the injured Zdeno Chara, meaning some of the club’s farmhands could be on their way back to Providence.

White’s last NHL action came with Detroit during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign. He spent part of last season with KHL Chelyabinsk before giving it a go with Providence this year.

Better than nothing: Bruins salvage two points from West Coast swing

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OK, so the Boston Bruins didn’t play very well in California. Didn’t play well and didn’t get the results in what is arguably the most difficult tour on the NHL schedule.

But then they head to Arizona, home of the currently struggling Coyotes, and come away with a convincing 5-2 victory on Saturday, salvaging two of a possible eight points on this four game West Coast swing that saw them lose in Anaheim, L.A., and San Jose.

Brad Marchand scored twice in the win over the Coyotes and is now up 100 NHL goals for his career. It was an important win for Boston, which keeps pace with the Toronto Maple Leafs, also victorious on Saturday, in the Atlantic Division.

“There were two desperate teams here tonight (and) somebody had to be hungrier than the other, and it was nice to see that it was us,” said Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien, as per the club’s Twitter account.