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Bruins Waive Foligno, Wagner And Reilly

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The Boston Bruins made some headlines Sunday as they waived three veterans in an effort to become salary cap compliant by the 5 PM ET deadline on Monday.

Forwards Nick Foligno and Chris Wagner, as well as defenseman Mike Reilly were on a crowded NHL waiver wire on Sunday afternoon, as teams scrambled to make sure they’re under the $82.5 million salary cap.

Ironically, Foligno and Wagner were starting to play with their trademark gritty style that new Boston Head Coach Jim Montgomery has been hoping would help the bottom six forward group form an identity. Montgomery even said flat out that he felt Wagner – who spent almost all of last season (62 games) with the Providence Bruins – had earned a spot on the 2022-23 roster.

“Yeah,” Montgomery replied when asked if Wagner had made the team on Friday. “He provides a level of physicality. Everything’s to be determined though, like when we’re gonna finalize things over the next couple of days.”

In three preseason games, Chris Wagner had a team-leading 21 hits and was being his usually disturbing self drawing two penalties.

Meanwhile, Foligno was right behind Wagner, finishing second on the team in preseason hits with 16 and also had five shots on goal and an assist. The former Columbus Blue Jackets captain looked a lot better than the forward who lit the lamp just twice in an injury-riddled 64-game season. If Foligno is not claimed, the Boston Bruins have 30 days or ten games to assign him Providence in the American Hockey League. That move would save the Bruins just $1.2 against the cap from Foligno’s $3.8M AAV in the final season of a two-year contract for the 34-year-old winger.

As for Reilly, he appears to be another victim of the cap and a numbers game on the left side. With defenseman Matt Grzelcyk now expected back a lot sooner than originally thought, the Boston Bruins would then have a total of five left-sot defensemen. So even though he had a splendid preseason with a goal and two assists, five shots and three blocked shots, Reilly and the second season of his three-year contract with a $3M AAV, is the likely odd-man out on the left side.

The Bruins could end up keeping all three players on their roster still, especially if they place winger Brad Marchand and defenseman Charlie McAvoy on injured reserve, but the read here is that, given his cap hit, his analytics stats and the ability to move the pick and play powerplay minutes, Mike Reilly is not a Boston Bruins after Noon ET on Monday.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Art

No problems with Foligno and Wagner being put on waivers.
I would have like to see Grzelcyk traded vs putting Reilly on waivers. Grzelcyk is injury prone and the Bruins then scramble their d when he’s out.

Wendy

That could still happen, pretty hard to trade a guy until he is deemed healthy.

Tony

Reilly is absolutely superior to Grzelcyk in almost every category – except having played with McAvoy at BU.

Rick W Murray

NO MORE FOLIGNO !!!!!! I don’t want to hear that name, I don’t want see him in a bruins jersey, I don’t want to even think of that dud anymore. If he shows up anymore on the ice this Weds I won’t be watching! Matt Belesky had more talent than this pug!

Ernest King

Murph, not too often will I have a chance to correct you but Reilly actually signed a 3-yr deal summer of 2021 and has 2 seasons left with a 3 mil cap hit..Maybe this means Stralman gets a deal after his PTO??

Kevin L

I see Sweeney & Neely are maintaining their non-speaking terms with coaches?
Hate to tell you, Monty, but you signed-on to an ongoing disorganized organization.
I wouldn’t unpack all my boxes at home just yet if I were you.

Kevin L

Hate that, after nearly 60 years an exclusive B’s fan, this may not be only one ‘rebuilding year’ like I’ve witnessed in the past 6 decades. I really am not amused with Sweeney & Neely. As I wrote here for the past year, Sweeney turned out not to be the future Harry Sinden had envisioned when he took Don under his wings. I fear another “one line” season for our B’s. However I will try to watch for as long as I can. This is going to be ugly… and the Two Stooges in the Big Box are not providing… Read more »

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Andre

Kevin’s a shot-glass fan: what he knows about pro hockey would fit in a shot glass…and before you know it, it’s EMPTY.

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Wendy

Then you don’t know what a One line team is then.
When healthy- 1. Zacha-Krejci-Pasta (keep them together), 2. Marchand-Bergy-DeBrusk, 3. Hall-Coyle-Smith, 4.Greer/Frederic- Lauko- Studnicka.
Not only is that more then one scoring line it’s THREE scoring lines.

And for all the people who complain about the Bruins lack of size, that’s only ONE Forward player under 6 foot tall (Marshy).

BCran1

obviously Sweeney and Neely are force feeding their lousy draft picks down the coaches throat. Montgomery doesn’t even get to pick the guys he wants to play for him. Don’t understand why Sweeney didn’t just buy out Foligno.

Wendy

Are you familiar with ownership? Ownership would have to agree to the buyout, which they wouldn’t. Buying him out also wouldn’t save them much money while putting money on next years roster. Sending him to Providence clears most of his money.
What lousy draft picks? Studnicka is out of options and will be used on the 3rd/4th line when he plays, who else would you have preferred? Other then him everyone else earned their spot. So once again… WHAT bad draft choice is being forced on Monty?

Wendy

Just an FYI but there are some typos.

As for the Bruins, it will be interesting who will stay and who will go (either to Providence or somewhere else), my only nag is Marc McLaughlin should have made the team. Go B’s!

Ernest King

Hi Wendy, pretty obvious you know your Bruins!! I’ve been a Bruin fan a long time, I’ll turn 60 in Feb[I hope] and have pretty much seen it all..Marc would be playing opening night if he was in same position as Studnicka..But Bruins can send him to AHL and bring him back up whenever they want..As for Studs, he signed a 2-yr contract this past summer and a smart one by his agent..This season it’s a 2-way contract and nest season a 1-way BUT if Bruins try to send him down, they’ll in all liklihood lose him to waivers..I really… Read more »

UnkleRakesh

Totally shocked with Reilly on waivers and more shocked he was not claimed. My guess is that GMs will wait to try to get a sweetener to take him off the Bruins hands.

It’s ridiculous considering he should garner a 2-3 round pick in a normal world.

Happy to see Louko get the chance to stay with the big club. Studs as well.

Let’s go Bruins. If you can stay over .500 for the first month or 2, it should be a very entertaining season

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