Boston Bruins

With Wednesday’s season opener against the Washington Capitals looming — and the Boston Bruins’ Opening Night roster seemingly set — Bruins general manager Don Sweeney provided an update on the unknowns of the puzzle, Boston’s camp invitees, veteran forwards Lee Stempniak and Daniel Winnik.

“Daniel Winnik has another opportunity he’s currently exploring,” Sweeney said Monday. “So we’re going to be in contact with him over the next few days to see what ultimately is his decision and ours, so we both explore things.”

In action for a Bruins preseason-high five games in September, the 33-year-old Winnik was deployed as the Bruins’ top penalty-killing center throughout the preseason, and displayed a smart stick and steady presence in all three zones, but seemingly failed to do enough to make a lasting impression on Bruins brass.

Winnik posted six goals and 23 points in 81 games for the Minnesota Wild last season.

Sweeney confirmed that the 35-year-old Stempniak, who finished the preseason with two goals and five points in his final two appearances, is also surveying his options outside the Bruins organization.

But Sweeney undoubtedly sounded more optimistic when it came to the possibility of Stempniak, who played 19 games with the Bruins in 2016 and lives in Boston in the offseason, sticking around with the Bruins.

“The same thing with Lee [Stempniak],” Sweeney confirmed. “Those [professional tryouts] will expire officially on [Oct. 3] as rosters open up. It doesn’t mean Lee won’t stay with us and continue to play with us.”

Stempniak is coming off an injury-plagued 2017-18 season spent with the Carolina Hurricanes, one that featured just three goals and nine points in 37 games, and could be a solid fit as Boston’s 13th forward, especially if the Bruins feel determined not to let one of their young players ‘waste’ away in the press box.

The Bruins open their season Wednesday night in Washington.