Sabourin & Marchand Head to NHL, Dalton Returns to AHL
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have recalled goaltender Dany Sabourin and forward Brad Marchand from Providence, Sabourin on an emergency basis. Boston has also assigned goaltender Matt Dalton to Providence. Sabourin and Marchand will join the parent Bruins today and travel with the team on their upcoming seven-game road trip.
With the moves, the P-Bruins have 24 players on their roster, including 13 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders.
Sabourin, 29, was placed on re-entry waivers by Boston yesterday for the purpose of recall. This is his first call-up to Boston after signing with the Bruins organization as a free agent on July 7, 2009. The veteran goalie has appeared in 44 games for the P-Bruins this season with a record of 23-20-0, three shutouts, a 2.63 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage. In his 11 pro seasons, Sabourin has played in 57 NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins, compiling an 18-25-4 mark and 2.87 GAA. He split the 2008-09 campaign between Pittsburgh, where he went 6-8-2 in 19 outings, and the AHL's Springfield Falcons, showing a 5-6-2 record. The native of Val d'Or, Quebec, was selected by Calgary 108th overall in round four of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Marchand, 21, joins Boston for the second time this season after earning his first career NHL recall from October 18, 2009 - November 20, 2009. The second-year pro appeared in 12 games for Boston during that stretch, making his NHL debut and registering his first and only NHL point with an assist on October 21, 2009 against the Nashville Predators. Marchand currently ranks fifth on the P-Bruins in scoring with 32 points, including 13 goals and 19 assists in his 34 games. The right wing also leads Providence with a plus-14 rating. Marchand was named Providence's Rookie of the Year in 2008-09 after appearing in 79 regular season games and compiling 59 points (18g, 41a). The native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, went on to add 15 points (7g, 8a) in 16 postseason contests as a first-year pro. Boston selected Marchand 71st overall in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Dalton, 23, returns to Providence for the second time this year after beginning his professional career with four AHL games, compiling a 0-4-0 record, 3.98 GAA and .889 save percentage. The rookie has spent the majority of the season with the ECHL's Reading Royals, going 17-18-2 with a 3.55 GAA and .905 save percentage. He has also enjoyed two recalls to Boston but has yet to appear in an NHL game. Dalton, a native of Clinton, Ontario, was signed by Boston as a free agent on April 22, 2009 after playing two seasons for the Bemidji State University Beavers, where his 2.29 GAA is the best in school history.
Providence returns home to the Dunkin' Donuts Center to host the Manchester Monarchs at 7:05 p.m. tonight for Sport Bottle Night. Sport bottles are free to the first 2,000 fans. On Saturday, Providence travels to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7 p.m. The P-Bruins wrap up the week by hosting the Lowell Devils on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for Amica Lip Balm Night. To purchase 2009-10 season tickets, Flex Tix or individual game tickets, please call the Providence Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.