By Joe Haggerty
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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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BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.
The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.
The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.
“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”
McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.
“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”
That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.