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David Pastrnak sent down, but why?

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David Pastrnak has been assigned to Providence by the Bruins, but we have no idea why:

From the release linked there:

Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, January 4, that the club has assigned forward David Pastrnak to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).

We have no idea why, either. Perhaps it's because his finger injury is worse than previously hoped? Or did Don Sweeney give up on him? Or is Max Talbot really that much more goddamn important?

In the first 32 games of the season, the Bruins failed to score at least 2 goals all of one time. In the last five games, they've been shut out once and held to a single goal twice. Sure, they dropped 7 on Ottawa, but that's Ottawa. They need offensive help, and I don't mean Zac Rinaldo. This is very puzzling, indeed. Any ideas?