The Boston Bruins could not sneak Colby Cave through waivers and back to Providence, as the Edmonton Oilers officially claimed the 24-year-old forward.
Oilers claim forward Colby Cave off waivers. Former Oiler, Mark Lamb coached him in Swift Current. Never drafted. Blue collar, responsible player.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 15, 2019
Cave appeared in 20 games for the Bruins this season, last appearing in a Jan. 4 win over the Calgary Flames, recording one goal and five points in total while averaging 13:11 per game. A bottom-six grinder, Cave was asked to be more for the Bruins in the absence of Patrice Bergeron, and failed to outplay Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson for the B’s third-line center gig.
With the B’s at their roster limit, putting the professionally experienced (be it mainly in the AHL) Cave on waivers became a necessity to make a separate move, which came with the Tuesday recall of Peter Cehlarik from the Providence Bruins.
Cave, an undrafted free agent signed in Apr. 2015, spent five seasons with the B’s organization in total, recording five points in 23 NHL games, and 43 goals and 115 points in 239 games in the AHL.