BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins released four players from training camp on Wednesday, sending them to Providence.

Forwards Justin Florek, Alex Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner and goaltender Jeremy Smith were all send down on Wednesday, with Smith’s move subject to him clearing waivers.

Spooner and Khokhlachev were competing for a spot on Boston’s bottom two lines, but the team likely wants them to get extended playing time in the minors. Spooner played 23 games with the Bruins last season, totaling 11 assists. Khohklachev played one game with the Bruins in 2013-14 in April, registering three shots on goal.

Of the four sent down on Wednesday, Fraser has the most NHL experience. He scored two goals in 14 regular season games with the Bruins last season, adding another goal in four playoff games. He’s played in a total of 27 NHL games in the last three seasons between Boston and the Dallas Stars.

The Bruins have two preseason games remaining before hosting the Philadelphia Flyers on October 8th in their season opener.

Adam Jones Reacts To Spooner’s Demotion: 

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