D Trotman sent back to Providence

BOSTON -- With the news Tuesday morning that the Bruins have assigned defenseman Zach Trotman to Providence, it could mean either, or both, Dougie Hamilton and Adam McQuaid are ready to return.

Hamilton has missed the last four games due to a mild concussion, while McQuaid suffered a leg injury during the second period of Sunday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center in Chicago.

“The doctors have assessed him as day-to-day,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien about McQuaid after Monday’s 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at TD Garden. “That’s good news.”

The Bruins did not hold a morning skate prior to Monday’s matinee game against the Kings, but Hamilton and forward Chris Kelly, who has missed 20 games since suffering a broken right fibula, both skated on their own. Afterwards, Julien indicated Hamilton could return to practice this week.

“I think so,” Julien said. “I haven’t been told yet that he’s totally in with us but that could be any time.”

Trotman, who was called up from Providence Sunday night, was in the lineup against the Kings on Monday. It was only his second NHL game and Julien was impressed.

“You’ve got to give that guy credit. He gets called up at the last minute and he comes in and has to play. No morning skate again for him. Just thrown to the wolves. He’s handled himself well,” Julien said. “I think he’s a smart player. He’ll make some good passes and again, this is a heavy game. To me, he handled himself well.”