Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 07: John Moore #27 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his assist to Chris Wagner #14 to score against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at TD Garden on December 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Bruins dropped a lil’ Saturday Surprise on all of us with their decision to place both Chris Wagner and John Moore on waivers on a scheduled off day for the team.

First of all, just what exactly does that mean?

Well, if a claim is made by another team, the Bruins are out from that player’s contract; Moore has another two years at $2.75 million per, while Wagner is on the hook for $1.35 million per through the 2022-23 season. The Bruins would certainly love to create over $4 million in cap space out of thin air. But if they’re unclaimed and sent to Providence — which definitely seems like the calculated risk being made here — the Moore-Wagner duo will count for $1.85 million against the Boston cap, freeing $2.25 million. That could prove beneficial should the team’s center-by-committee plan fail or if the defense needs more than just Derek Forbort to be legit.

The Bruins would also be able to call both players up from Providence (and send them back down) without getting waivers involved for a month’s time, which could be useful in the case of Curtis Lazar’s expected week-to-week absence due to an upper-body injury or if an injury strikes the Boston defense.

Secondly, was it an actual surprise?

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