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Bruins put five skaters on waivers as they get closer to an Opening Night roster

No real surprises in the bunch.

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The Bruins placed five skaters on waivers today, trimming the roster a bit in preparation for Opening Night on Thursday.

The waived:

  • Anton Blidh
  • Paul Carey
  • Steven Kampfer
  • Greg McKegg
  • Zach Senyshyn

There aren’t really any big surprises in the group above, as none of these guys was expected to seriously challenge for a spot on the Opening Night roster.

With the AHL season on hold and the NHL employing its new taxi squad model this season, these five skaters will likely be kept around as part of that squad.

Per the NHL’s rules, players who are waiver-eligible must clear waivers before being added to the taxi squad, which is likely the impetus for these moves.

With 29 skaters available (23-man roster plus 6-man taxi squad), teams are required to have at least three goalies in the mix.

Assuming the Bruins elect to go with just the three (and not more), that’d leave room for a five-player taxi squad made up of forwards and defensemen.

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the five skaters above are the taxi squad, as there are still cuts to be made.

Instead, it means that each of the players above remains in the mix to be on that taxi squad when the puck drops on Thursday.

Rosters reportedly need to be finalized/submitted to the league tomorrow.