November 2, 2011

Clark set to join P-Bruins on tryout agreement

Chris Clark was left with a broken nose after dropping the gloves with Isles forward Micheal Healey in Boston's final preseason game. (Getty)

After weighing over his options for the last month, Chris Clark has elected to give it a shot in the AHL after all.

Rumored to have turned down a two-way deal with the Bruins at the end of camp on the assumption he’d be in a dog fight for playing time with the big club, Clark signed a professional tryout agreement with the organization on Wednesday and will report to Providence.

The South Windsor, Conn., native performed well during the preseason for the Black and Gold and seemed to be a shoe-in for a contract after joining the team for training camp on a tryout basis. But a last-minute cut on the eve of Boston’s season opener squashed that, as the Bruins forged ahead with wingers Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron.

One must wonder if the lackluster performances of those two have given Clark inspiration to give it another shot. Through his first eight games as a Bruin, Pouliot has failed to record a point and sports a minus-3 rating. Caron has had just as little of an impact, going pointless in six tilts with just three shots on goal to his credit.

Clark, a former captain of the Washington Capitals and a veteran of 11 NHL seasons, proved he’s still more than capable of playing in the league during camp with the B’s.

His looming stint with Providence may give him the chance to do so with not only the Bruins but any other club he catches the eye of. The 35-year-old forward’s professional tryout agreement doesn’t prohibit him from signing an NHL contract with other teams.

The P-Bruins have a full weekend of action ahead with a home-and-home series against the Manchester Monarchs on Friday and Saturday, then a game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center versus the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday afternoon.

In 607 NHL games, Clark has 103 goals, 111 assists and a total of 214 points to go along with 700 penalty minutes. He last appeared in the AHL during the 2000-01 campaign with the Saint John Flames.