Bruins place Chris Bourque on waivers

Bruins place Chris Bourque on waivers
March 7, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Chris Bourque was given a chance to play in Boston, but his lack of production was cause for concern.

(USA Today Sports)

BOSTON -- The Bruins gave Chris Bourque the long, legitimate shot that he always asked for to carve out an NHL niche, but it appears the tryout period on the struggling third line is over for now. Bourque was placed on waivers at noon on Thursday with the intention of sending him down to the AHL Providence Bruins if he makes it through the 24-hour clearing process. 

Jay Pandolfo was trading shifts with Bourque during Thursday morning skate at TD Garden, and it would appear the 38-year-old Burlington native will get a shot at gelling with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. 

Kelly has only one goal in 20 games with a minus-7 rating this season and Peverley has three goals and six points in 20 games with a team-worst minus-8 rating, and it’s clear that the problem is much larger than Bourque's performance.

Peverley was asked after morning skate if he was worried that the line was going to be broken up, and there was certainly some foreshadowing to the movement coming down the pipe by the B’s front office. 

“[Bourque] was stepping in for a guy [in Benoit Pouliot] that had 17 goals last season,” said Peverley. “Sometimes chemistry doesn’t start off the hop. We just have to keep working hard. I feel bad for [Bourque]. He’s coming into a tough spot and we haven’t played well. And his linemates haven’t played well. It’s [expletive] the way it is. That’s the way it’s going right now.

“You never know because we’re not doing well. You can’t focus on it because it’s going to bring you down and become a self-fulfilling prophecy. You just have to work hard and do the best job you can. You really need to look in the mirror and not get scored on because that’s a frustrating thing.”

The Bruins have a couple of options within the organization: Jordan Caron potted his 10th goal of the season last weekend for the P-Bruins and appears to finally be finding his footing, and both Ryan Spooner and Jamie Tardif have already been called up to Boston at separate points this season. 

It’s obvious the Bruins are also now actively seeking a permanent solution at the left wing position on the trade market where the desired player is expected to bring in size, strength, offensive ability and some postseason experience to a forward line that could use all three of those things. 

TSN’s Bob McKenzie was the first to report that Bourque was placed on waivers on Thursday afternoon.