By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
The Bruins final roster continues to take shape with opening night two days away as young goaltender Anton Khudobin was placed on waivers Monday with the intention of sending him to the Providence Bruins.
Khudobin had cleared waivers by Tuesday afternoonand reported to Providence after taking part in the weekend team-bonding exercises. He will join teammates Lane MacDermid and Max Sauve after they were sent down on Saturday night.
Khudobin finished with a win in his only preseason action along with a 3.00 goals against average and .900 save percentage for the Bs and is clearly considered a member of the varsity group as the first line of defense should injuries hit the Tim ThomasTuukka Rask goaltending duo.
Veteran forward Chris Clark is the final piece remaining with the Bruins as an unsigned veteran free agent, and the Bruins front office is still attempting to clear up contract space for the 35-year-old thats truly impressed in practice. Clark finished with two points (a goal and an assist) in five preseason games, and impressed with his grit, toughness and willingness to provide an emotional burst. He broke his nose in the final preseason game after dropping the gloves with Michael Haley.
Were still in discussions with signing Clark. As far as the roster goes Anton Khudobin is on waivers, said Chiarelli. Thats all I can tell you right now.
A decision on Clark is expected to come in the next few days before rosters are finalized on Thursday night with the Bruins expected to start the season with the maximum 23 players on the roster should Clark and Jordan Caron both make the final cut.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.