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Bruins waive Bourque

Mar 7, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

ChrisBourque

The Boston Bruins have placed forward Chris Bourque on waivers, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Bourque, 27, is the son of Bruins legend Ray Bourque.

He was acquired by Boston last May and surprised some by making the Bruins roster out of abbreviated training camp — he’d only appeared in 33 games over the six seasons prior to joining the B’s, and hadn’t played an NHL game since 2010.

That said, Bourque was a pretty regular contributor for the B’s this season, appearing in 18 of Boston’s 20 games while recording 1G-3A-4PTS and averaging over 12  minutes per contest.

(Of course, he also had a minus-6 rating and only played 7:17 and 8:55 in his last two games.)

This move shouldn’t come as a huge surprise for Bourque or Bruins fans.

Yesterday, CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty suggested changes might be coming for the disappointing third line of Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley and Bourque, who were “far from good” in Tuesday’s 4-3 OT loss to Washington.

“We’ve got a lot of guys now that need to be better for us, and that’s something we can all see,” head coach Claude Julien said. “Kelly was on the ice for three goals, one of which was that face-off play when he’s out there with [Patrice] Bergeron. But somehow if you’re not going to produce you need to be able to at least keep the puck out of your own net.

“Right now we’re not getting either from that line, so it’s a concern that we need to look at.”

  1. govtminion - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I’ll take “Headlines that would have given me a fatal heart attack twenty years go”, Alex.

  2. nunan - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Too bad.. I wanted it to work. If he was producing, fans would have been 100% behind him because of who he is. That 3rd line is definitely in need a change though.

    • madtolive5 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Not his fault.
      The rest of the third line are playing terrible.

      • nunan - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        He wasn’t bringing anything to the table. If they want to get Kelly and Peverley producing again, replacing Bourque was always the only option.

      • madtolive5 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        disagree.
        Kelly is great in the D zone and on the PK but he turns it over none stop in the neutral zone.
        He is a terrible offensive player. His one goal was crazy lucky on the PP and other then that he hasn’t taken advantage of a single scoring chance.

        If you want that line to produce move Kelly on the 4th line.

      • nunan - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        Kelly has been a consistent player his entire career. He scored 20 goals last season and has regularly score 10-15 a year. Add to that his ability to be one of the better defensive forwards in the game and his regularly playing 80+ games a year, and he is miles ahead of Bourque. Can’t discount his entire career because of a bad 20 game stretch where his entire line has stunk. He is a 3rd line player. Kelly is the type of player you need in the playoffs. I’m actually not against him playing on the fourth line but that completely depends on who replaces him on the third line. There is nobody who can do that right now unless they make a move. They’ll make a move but it’ll be for the left wing slot, hence the move to waiver Bourque today.

      • homelanddefense - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Kelly and Peverly have been consistent players since they were acquired. Bourque is the new pc on that line. It seems all too obvious what the problem is…..

  3. operwapitsai - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    you’re welcome back in Washington!

  4. drewzducks - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Noooo ! Who will complete the aptly named “high glass line” now ?

    • tfaltin - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Felger and Mazz plug. Cue the high-glass sound effect.

      • homelanddefense - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        what will Felger whine about now? Too much 4th “Fribble” line

  5. 4helderor4worst - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I think he’s actually a smart player just he lacks physical ability .He was actually pretty good at the point on the powerplay , I think he’s played better than Kelly and Peverley have but he’s the odd man out on a line that has been crapping the bed all season.

  6. hallsy19 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I think this means a trade is imminent. They would have sat him in the press box with MacDermid and Johnson (also not the answer) and would have called up Caron sooner. Let the Ryan Clowe era begin!

  7. tfaltin - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Jordan Caron is an option. He produced at a third line level last season when called up, and I think he should get a chance to fill in there again.

    • nunan - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      I’m interested in seeing Spooner.

  8. tlndma - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    The kids size hurts him. Put 3 inches and 25 lbs on him and he’s NHL caliber. Otherwise he’d need to have elite speed (St. Louis) to compete.

  9. soj83 - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    TSN is saying the B’s are working on a deal for a top 9 forward. The list of names I have heard are Clowe, Smyth, Iginla, Morrow, and to a lesser extent and making less sense for their current teams Perry and Alfredson.

    I can’t see the B’s trading too much with Carl Soderberg expected to join the team later this month. He is currently in the playoffs in Sweden, but once his team is done expect him to join the B’s, he lead the Swedish Elite League in scoring. He’s a 6’2″ 225lb center with 2-way skills and he can play either wing well too and the Bruins like versatile forwards.

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