Bruins claim big, veteran defenseman off waivers

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The Bruins' defense has been decimated by injury, and they've been getting pushed around the last two games in a pair of blowout losses to the Islanders and Rangers.

They just made a small move to get a big man who might be able to help address those problems, claiming defenseman Jarred Tinordi off waivers from the Nashville Predators.

Tinordi is a 29-year-old left-shot D who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds. He was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by the Canadiens in 2010 and spent parts of four seasons in Montreal. He has bounced between the NHL and AHL for much of his career, also spending time with the Arizona Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins organizations before joining the Predators for the last two-plus years.

He played a career-high 28 NHL games with Nashville last season, registering a goal and four assists while playing 16:37 per game.

Tinordi had played seven games for the Predators this season, averaging 16:34 time on ice and putting up positive possession numbers (51.8% Corsi) despite getting defensive assignments (34.7% offensive zone starts).

The Predators put Tinordi on waivers on Friday, likely with the intention of putting him on their taxi squad if he cleared.

The Bruins are currently without Jeremy Lauzon, Matt Grzelcyk and Kevan Miller on defense. While Grzelcyk could return as early as Sunday, Lauzon will miss at least a month and it's unclear when Miller might return as he deals with lingering soreness in his surgically repaired knee.

The Bruins and their fans shouldn't expect Tinordi to come right in and fix what ails their defense, and he won't bring much in terms of puck-moving and offense, but he is a veteran with size who can push some of the younger defensemen who have struggled recently and perhaps be a good option here and there when the Bruins feel they need a bigger body and some physicality. He also comes with little financial commitment, as he's a free agent after the season and carries just a $700,000 cap hit.