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Bruins claim Oilers d-man Potter off waivers

Mar 5, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

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Boston has made a depth move for its blueline, grabbing former Edmonton defenseman Corey Potter off waivers.

Potter, 30, has spent the last three seasons in Edmonton following stints with the Rangers and Penguins. The Michigan State product had a career year in 2011-12, scoring 21 points in 62 games, but has failed to match that success in subsequent seasons, scoring four points in 33 games last year and making just 16 appearances this season, missing time with a groin injury.

Rumors suggest the Bruins were looking for a bigger move on defense than adding Potter, so don’t be surprised if GM Peter Chiarelli has another move in store. That said, Potter is a stopgap depth move in case nothing else comes to fruition — not unlike the one Chiarelli made last season, acquiring Wade Redden from St. Louis.

  1. nhbsfan - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    A d-man off waivers from a team with horrible team defense?

    • bildomatic - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Who has split the year between the NHL & AHL for said horrible defensive team… Gotta believe there’s more to come (I hope…)

    • drewsylvania - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      For the Bruins, it matters more whether a new d-man can fit in with their system.

  2. terrier92 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    2.21 goals against Second in league Defense fine

  3. nunan - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    You also have to accept the chance nothing happens. PC can’t force a move just for the sake of making a move. It is his ability to know when NOT to force something that has aided the Bs success, just as much as the moves he has made. Yes, we all want a top 4 d-man but if the price is ridiculous for such a player, who in their right mind would make that trade just to say ‘I made a move’?

    • nhbsfan - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      I agree…I think with Philips out of play the B’s stand pat…or maybe flip Caron for something minor. The are only 3 points back of Pitt with the rookie heavy defense they have been putting on the ice…

  4. mgp1219 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    YAWN!! Why even bother announcing this?

  5. the8man - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    They need someone to step up and take some minutes from Chara. No way the big man can continue at his current pace. Hopefully, this move and what they have can be leveraged to accomplish that.

  6. pastabelly - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Peter, you now have 100 minutes to find a defenseman. After announcing a 17% increase in ticket prices, it’s time to take care of your fans.

  7. thesportsjudge - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Unless something else/bigger happens, this guy is just a rotational 6th D.

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