Boston Deals AHL All-Stars for Mark Recchi, 2010 Draft Pick

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have acquired forward Mark Recchi and a second round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Martins Karsums and defenseman Matt Lashoff. The pick will be Tampa Bay's natural second round selection in 2010. With the moves, the P-Bruins have 23 players on their roster, including 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Karsums, 23, leaves Providence ranking fourth on the club with 41 points, including 17 goals and 24 assists in 43 games. Karsums has not played for Providence since prior to the AHL's All-Star break on January 24 as he was helping the Latvian National Team qualify for the 2010 Olympics. In three qualifying games, the Riga, Latvia, native scored four goals and added three assists in wins over teams from Hungary, the Ukraine and Italy. Karsums' trip home came after shining in the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic where the PlanetUSA reserve posted two goals, three assists and a plus-three rating. An alternate captain for Providence, Karsums has recorded five point-streaks of at least three games this year, nine multiple-point outings, and he notched his 100th career point with a goal on October 12, 2008 against the Springfield Falcons. In his Providence career, Karsums tallied 139 points (50g, 89a) in 176 games.

Karsums was drafted by Boston 64th overall in round two of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The third-year pro made his NHL debut earlier this year on December 13, 2008 against the Atlanta Thrashers and later earned his first career NHL point with a helper in Boston's 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on January 10. He finished with one assist in six games for Boston overall.

Lashoff, 22, departs Providence with 21 points (5g, 16a) in 33 games this season, along with an assist for Boston in 16 NHL contests over three separate recalls. The fourth-year Bruin registered a five-game AHL point-streak in mid-October, followed by his best game of the season on November 14, 2008 against the Worcester Sharks in which he scored a goal and added three assists for a four-point game and a plus-four rating. Lashoff later reached a pair of milestones by appearing in his 200th pro game on February 6 versus the Manitoba Moose and scoring a goal on February 14 at the Portland Pirates for his 100th career point. As a P-Bruins blue-liner, Lashoff recorded 95 points (26g, 69a) in 164 contests.

A native of East Greenbush, New York, Lashoff split the 2007-08 campaign between Boston and Providence, earning five points (g, 4a) in 18 games for Boston while matching a career-high with 36 points (9g, 27a) for the P-Bruins. The two-time PlanetUSA AHL All-Star starter was drafted by Boston 22nd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Providence Bruins season tickets, Flex Tix packages and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 season. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.