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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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.
*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.
*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.
*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.
*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.
*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.
BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.
Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.
It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.
“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”
Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: