On Monday, October 5, forward Max Talbot and goalie Jeremy Smith were placed on waivers by the Boston Bruins organization. Both players cleared those waivers Tuesday afternoon. It was then that the Boston club announced that they had reassigned Smith to the American Hockey League.

Most would not have been surprised had Smith been sent to Rhode Island to join the Providence Bruins, AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins. However, that club already has two goalies in Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre. As such, there was no room for Smith and a decision was made to reassign him to the Iowa Wild, the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.

Talbot, on the other hand, showed up for practice on Tuesday despite the waiver, and currently does not know if he will be reporting to Providence or not. Despite the uncertainty he faces, he is meeting this with the professionalism that comes from being a veteran.

“It’s part of the game. Part of the business, part of the job,” Talbot said after finding out he had cleared waivers. “I’m just going to come back here to work every day. You know, I came here to camp with the idea of helping my teammates and right now I’m not sure yet what’s going to happen to me. I mean, if they are going to send me down or keep me here, but, you know, I have a good attitude and whatever they ask me to do I’ll do.”

With Talbot’s team still undecided, the Boston Bruins roster, which had to be finalized on Tuesday shows the following 24 players:

Forwards (14) –

  • Matt Beleskey (39)
  • Patrice Bergeron “A” (37)
  • Brett Connolly (14)
  • Loui Eriksson (21)
  • Jimmy Hayes (11)
  • Chris Kelly “A” (23)
  • Joonas Kemppainen (41)
  • David Krejci “A” (46)
  • Brad Marchand (63)
  • David Pastrnak (88)
  • Tyler Randell (64)
  • Zac Rinaldo (36)
  • Ryan Spooner (51)
  • Max Talbot (25)

Defensemen (8) –

  • Zdeno Chara “C” (33) – currently on injured reserve
  • Matt Irwin (52)
  • Torey Krug (47)
  • Adam McQuaid (54)
  • Colin Miller (48)
  • Kevin Miller (86)
  • Joe Morrow (45)
  • Zach Trotman (62)

Goalies (2) –

  • Jonas Gustavsson (50)
  • Tuukka Rask (40)

Clearly the Bruins’ management feel that what Tyler Randell brings to the table offers more than potentially that of Talbot when it comes to bringing the necessary energy that is required of that fourth line.

In looking at the lineup of defensemen though, it appears that on the back end the Bruins will be on the younger side than they have been in the past. And even with Chara on injured reserved there will be some healthy scratches sitting on the ninth floor at both the forward and defensive positions when the puck drops Thursday night as the Bruins take on the Winnipeg Jets in their home opener at TD Garden.

A family historian by profession, Rhonda R. McClure has loved hockey since she was a child in New Hampshire. Any opportunity to combine her love of writing, hockey and research is something she looks forward to with much enthusiasm. She's been accused of seeking out shinny games when there are no other hockey events taking place. She is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. Follow her on Twitter at @HockeyMaven1917.

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