March 20, 2012

Bruins trade Alexandrov to Islanders

By Jesse Connolly

On Tuesday, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the team had traded Yury Alexandrov to the New York Islanders for future considerations. 

Alexandrov (right), drafted 37th overall back in 2006, would best be described as property of the B's, rather than a prospect. He came over to North America for one season before returning to the KHL. In 2010-11, the Russian defenseman had six goals and 13 assists for Providence. Alexandrov, 23, has played for St. Petersburg and Omsk Avangard this season in the Kontinental Hockey League.

What should one make of the transaction? As we learned in the Marco Sturm trade to the Kings, "future considerations" usually amounts to jack squat.

Luckily, that's probably what the Islanders will get out of the once-promising rearguard. Alexandrov's contract, per CapGeek, is up at season's end. Unless the Islanders have an ace up their sleeve, odds aren't high Alexandrov will be coming back across the pond.

Whitfield back with B's

After briefly being returned to Providence, where had a goal and two assists in two games this past weekend, Trent Whitfield has been recalled by the Bruins. 

Whitfield appeared in one game during his most recent call-up to the big club, dishing out two hits and blocking three shots in Boston's 6-1 loss down in Tampa. 

The B's also returned Max Sauve to Providence. The young winger was injured in his NHL debut on March 11. No word on how long his hip woes will keep him out of action.