Bruins send four players to Providence

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are off Wednesday, but the team announced four players have been released from training camp and sent to Providence of the AHL.

Forwards Justin Florek, Alex Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner, along with goaltender Jeremy Smith (subject to waivers), have been assigned to the P-Bruins.

It has been a disappointing camp for Khokhlachev and Spooner, both of whom had an opportunity to earn one of the four open forward positions but failed to impress.

"I think we have to be honest here, there's some spots open. Some guys are taking advantage of it and really making a case for themselves and some others haven't," said coach Claude Julien after Tuesday's 5-3 preseason loss to the New York Islanders. "It's one of those kind of things, at the end of the day you've got to sit down and decide who you want to keep based on merit."

Forwards Matt Fraser, Bobby Robins, Jordan Caron and Simon Gagne remain in the mix.