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Bruins place Colby Cave on waivers

The Boston Bruins have placed forward Colby Cave on waivers, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The 24-year-old Cave has appeared in 20 games for the Bruins this season, scoring one goal and totaling five points, but has been a healthy scratch since the team's Jan. 3 win over the Calgary Flames. A utility player of sorts for the Bruins in the absence of Patrice Bergeron and with the team still searching for their answer on the third line, Cave averaged 13:11 over his 20-game run with the Bruins, and chipped in with 22 hits and five blocked shots to go with a minus-1 rating.

But when push came to shove, Cave seemed to lose minutes to Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and his need was seemingly canceled out by the gelling of a Boston fourth line featuring Noel Acciari, Sean Kuraly, and Chris Wagner.

If Cave clears, he will report to the P-Bruins, where he's totaled 43 goals and 115 points in 239 games over the last five seasons, including six goals and 18 points in 15 AHL contests this season.