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Demotion surprised Ferraro, who felt he was doing a good job
P-Bruins Notebook excerpt
Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE -- Veteran forward Peter Ferraro played in his second game with Providence last night since clearing NHL waivers and being demoted by Boston earlier this week.

Although Ferraro, who scored a goal against Kentucky in his P-Bruins debut Wednesday night, hopes to be able to fit in with Providence, he says he's not at all happy with the way Boston treated him.

``It was a shock what happened to me. I didn't expect to be put on waivers, and I won't lie to you. I am upset that the decision was made,'' said Ferraro, who scored six goals and collected eight assists in 44 games with Boston this season. ``But it's something I have to deal with, and I'll just play the best I can while I'm here.''

The 26-year-old Ferraro, a top pick of the New York Rangers in the 1992 draft, teamed with his brother, Chris , to help Maine win the NCAA title in the 1992-93 season.

Peter Ferraro said the demotion took him by surprise.

``It makes you wonder that when something like this happens, you would like to know the reason why, but nothing was explained to me,'' he said.

For the most part, Ferraro had been playing on Boston's fourth line, and he thought he had been doing a good job.

``They gave me a specific role, and I was doing that role. I was definitely taking care of my end of the bargain. I had no reason to expect anything like this, because I was doing the job I was given,'' he added.

A valuable addition

Providence coach Peter Laviolette is glad to have Ferraro.

``He's going to play a lot in all situations. He can dominate at this level.  He'd be a 50-goal scorer in this league if he played an entire season,'' said Laviolette. ``He's fast, plays smart defensively, and is tenacious out there.''

Last night, Ferraro played on a line with Randy Robitaille and Antti Laaksonen.

Copyright 1999 The Providence Journal Company

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