The Bruins placed the following five players on waivers Tuesday as they continue to trim their roster: forward Anthony Richard and defensemen Alec Regula, Dan Renouf, Reilly Walsh and Parker Wotherspoon.
Matt Poitras is making a strong push to stick with Bruins
None of the five are particularly surprising. Richard was perhaps the closest to pushing for a roster spot after a strong start to training camp, but he faded in his two most recent preseason games and seemed to be losing ground in a crowded competition for bottom-six jobs.
All five players could be sent to AHL Providence if they clear waivers. The other 31 teams will have until Wednesday at 2 p.m. to put in a claim on any of them. In the last two days, the Bruins have had goalies Michael DiPietro and Kyle Keyser both clear waivers, allowing Boston to assign them to Providence.
UPDATE: The Bruins also sent forward Fabian Lysell and defenseman Mike Callahan to Providence later Tuesday.
Following these moves, the Bruins have 33 players remaining in NHL camp, with the roster breaking down like this:
Forwards (21): Johnny Beecher, Jesper Boqvist, Justin Brazeau, Patrick Brown, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, Trent Frederic, Morgan Geekie, A.J. Greer, Trevor Kuntar, Jakub Lauko, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Marc McLaughlin, Jayson Megna, Georgii Merkulov, David Pastrnak, Matt Poitras, Oskar Steen, James van Riemsdyk, Pavel Zacha
Defense (9): Brandon Carlo, Derek Forbort, Matt Grzelcyk, Hampus Lindholm, Mason Lohrei, Charlie McAvoy, Ian Mitchell, Kevin Shattenkirk, Jakub Zboril
Goalie (3): Brandon Bussi, Jeremy Swayman, Linus Ullmark
They will have to get down to a maximum of 23 by opening night next Wednesday, although it's worth noting that they may only have enough cap space to carry 22. The guess here is that there are still eight more cuts at forward, two more on defense, and one in goal (spoiler: it will be Bussi).
The only players left who do not require waivers to be sent to Providence are Beecher, Brazeau, Kuntar, McLaughlin, Merkulov, Lohrei and Bussi. Poitras is not eligible to play in the AHL, so the Bruins must either keep him on the NHL roster or send him back to the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League.
Meanwhile, here is the Bruins' expected lineup for Tuesday's home preseason game against the Washington Capitals: