Max Talbot

Max Talbot

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports and Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Bruins placed forward Max Talbot and goaltender Jeremy Smith on waivers on Monday. If Talbot and Smith go unclaimed over the next 24 hours, they can be assigned to Providence.

While the writing was on the wall for Smith when the Bruins signed Jonas Gustavsson to be their backup goalie on Sunday, waiving Talbot comes as something of a surprise. The Bruins got the Avalanche to retain salary on Talbot when they traded for him last season, meaning the veteran fourth-liner only costs $900,000 against the cap. Still, the emergence of potential fourth-liners Joonas Kemppainen and Tyler Randell in training camp likely made Talbot expendable in the eyes of new general manager Don Sweeney.

Smith, a second-round pick of the Predators in 2007, built a strong case to be Tuukka Rask‘s backup with a .933 save percentage in 39 games for Providence last season. Though he has yet to play an NHL game, he seemed a likely candidate to make Boston’s team after re-signing with Boston in the offseason on a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level. The Bruins already have Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre in Providence, so it will be interesting to see what the B’s do with Smith if he goes unclaimed.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Sunday that they have signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year, one-way deal worth $700,000.

The Bruins announced Sunday that they have signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year, one-way deal worth $700,000.

The signing comes as something of a surprise, as 26-year-old Jeremy Smith entered camp as the projected backup for Tuukka Rask. Smith, a former Predators second-round pick who split time with Malcolm Subban in Providence last season, was signed to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level. He would have to clear waivers to be sent to Providence, where Subban and Zane McIntyre are already assigned.

Gustavsson played in two games for the Bruins this preseason, stopping 42 of 45 shots he faced for a .933 save percentage. Injuries limited the 30-year-old to seven NHL games last season, his third season with the Red Wings after playing the first three seasons of his NHL career with the Maple Leafs.

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DJ Bean

Still no slappers from Chara. #Bruins

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The intrigue as Zdeno Chara stepped onto the ice midway through the Bruins’€™ practice Sunday was short-lived. Though Chara skated lightly on one end of the ice while the B’€™s worked on 2-on-2 battle drills on the other, Chara was forced to the bench when the team needed the full sheet of ice after about five minutes.

His work would resume later in the day, however, as the 38-year-old defenseman returned to the ice to skate with assistant coach Doug Houda for over 40 minutes following the Bruins’€™ practice. Chara, who was limited to just three shifts this preseason due to an upper-body injury suffered on Sept. 24, could be a close call for Thursday’€™s season-opener given that he still has not taken contact and does not yet appear able to take slap shots. While the latter wouldn’€™t necessarily stop him from playing, he would likely need to participate in some battle drills after 10 days without contact.

Though it’€™s worth noting that the Bruins are off on Monday, Claude Julien said that Chara is close to being able to fully participate in practice.

“In his situation, we said day-to-day because his injury was not one that we could say ‘€˜it’€™s going to be a week,’€™ which it’€™s been right now,”€ Julien said following Sunday’€™s practice. “€œWe didn’€™t know, so you can’€™t go out there and say he’€™s out for a week and then all of a sudden, three day’€™s later, he’€™s in.

“So he’€™s still day-to-day. I think he’€™s inching closer and I think he’€™s getting very close to practicing with our team. Because it’€™s day-to-day, I don’€™t know if he’€™s going to be in tomorrow, the day after, whatever. We’€™re hoping that’€™s the case. It’€™s looking like it’€™s heading in that direction, but there’€™s no guarantees.

“So we don’€™t know. He’€™s still day-to-day and we look forward to having him back as soon as possible, but he’€™s skating, he’€™s feeling better every day. That’€™s the positive thing about Zdeno’€™s situation.”

If Chara is unable to play Thursday against the Jets, Adam McQuaid will be the only top-four defenseman from opening night last season to play in this season’€™s opener, as Dougie Hamilton is in Calgary and Dennis Seidenberg remains out as he recovers from back surgery.

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DJ Bean
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The Bruins concluded their preseason schedule with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Capitals Friday night at the Verizon Center.

Loui Eriksson’€™s first-period tally was the game’€™s only goal until Alexander Ovechkin tied the contest with less than three minutes to play in regulation. Ovechkin’€™s goal came against Jeremy Smith, who spelled Tuukka Rask in the third period.

Rask played the first two periods of the game, stopping all 15 shots he faced. Smith stopped 13 of the 14 shots he saw before letting in both shots he faced in the shootout.

The Bruins will open the regular season Thursday when they host the Jets at TD Garden.

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The Bruins will play their preseason finale Friday when they face the Capitals at the Verizon Center, but they’ll be leaving a pair of players behind.

Jonas Gustavsson stopped 42 of 45 shots he faced in the preseason. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Jonas Gustavsson stopped 42 of 45 shots he faced in the preseason. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Now, the waiting game begins for Jonas Gustavsson.

After going through training camp and playing one and a half preseason games for the Bruins on a professional tryout, the 30-year-old netminder can do nothing but hope that the work he put in was good enough to earn him a contract and a spot on the bench as Tuukka Rask‘€™s backup.

Claude Julien said Friday morning that Gustavsson would not travel with the team for Friday’€™s preseason finale against the Capitals, with Rask starting and Jeremy Smith serving as backup. That means the preseason book is closed on Gustavsson, who stopped 42 of 45 shots over parts of two preseason games for a .933 save percentage.

“I’€™m not trying to think about it too much; I’€™m trying to do whatever I usually do –€” just practice, play games whenever I get a chance to play and have some fun,” Gustavsson said after Friday’€™s practice. “All the other stuff, that’€™s not in my hands. I guess I’€™m waiting, but on the other hand, at the same time, I’€™m just taking it day-by-day like I always do.”

Smith, a 26-year-old who was drafted in the second round by the Predators in 2007, is the favorite to win the backup job after a strong showing last season in Providence. That leaves Gustavsson, who played formerly with the Leafs and Red Wings but was limited to seven games with the Wings by injuries last season, potentially on the outside looking in.

Julien insisted Friday morning that a decision has not been made on the backup goaltender.

“There’€™s a lot that’€™s going to come into play there in that decision-making. It’€™s going to be a group decision,” he said. “We’€™re going to look at the pros and cons and everything else that goes into it. Unfortunately, that’€™s where it would be nice to have more preseason games and give a lot of those guys an opportunity to play even more and us assess them even longer, but that’€™s the way it is. Tuukka’€™s got to play. He’€™s our goaltender that we’€™ve got to get ready for the start of the season.”

Gustavsson’€™s preseason availability was limited by the birth of his first child, which cost him a preseason start that was perhaps made up when he played all of Wednesday’€™s game against the Rangers. Malcolm Subban (who started two preseason games) and Zane McIntyre are already back in Providence having been cut from camp.

Julien has noted that the decision the team makes for Rask’€™s backup will not necessarily be the team’€™s final decision. If the team loses confidence in the backup, as the Bruins did with Niklas Svedberg last season, they won’€™t hesitate to call up Subban and give him his shot. Should Smith get the first crack at the gig, such a scenario would do Gustavsson no good unless he remains unsigned.

Gustavsson saw his injuries create that situation last season in Detroit. As he battled a shoulder injury, AHL callup Petr Mrazek emerged as a starting option for the Red Wings, which made his services no longer required. If Gustavsson does happen to win a job in Boston, he intends to keep it.

“Every time you’€™re on the ice, you’€™re trying to prove yourself,” he said. “That’€™s what you’€™ve got to do, no matter if you have a contract or not. There’€™s always going to be competition. You can’€™t really take any spots for granted, no matter if you’€™re on a one-way or two-way or tryout or whatever it is. If you’€™re not going to perform over time, some younger kid or some other goalie’€™s going to take your spot. There’€™s only 60 spots in the league and there’€™s tons of good goalies.”

Gustavsson still considers himself one of them. He’€™ll have to wait to see if the Bruins agree.

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DJ Bean