Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 04: Karson Kuhlman #83 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden on November 04, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Don Sweeney and the Bruins have taken their first step towards addressing the numbers game they have up front by placing forward Karson Kuhlman on waivers.

Kuhlman’s move to waivers comes with the Bruins in the midst of a five-game winning streak, and with Kuhlman having last appeared in a game for the Bruins back on Jan. 10.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound forward hits the waiver wire with one goal and an assist, along with 42 hits, over 19 games with Boston this season. Overall, Kuhlman has tallied seven goals and 15 points in 75 games with the Big B’s over the last four seasons. Kuhlman also appeared in 16 playoff games with the Bruins, including an eight-game run during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which ended with him in a top-six role for the Bruins.

If Kuhlman goes unclaimed, he will report to Providence.

Elsewhere on the roster, Kuhlman’s departure would seemingly mean good news for Oskar Steen.

In Boston trying to push someone out of a job from the jump, the 5-foot-9 Steen has looked like a great fit with Charlie Coyle on the Black and Gold’s third line, and has given no reason for Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy to take him out of the lineup. The Bruins have also started to integrate Steen into both their power play and penalty kill rotation, which is typically the next sign for a player carving out a full-time role for himself with the club.

The Bruins aren’t done jostling their forward grouping about, either, as Jake DeBrusk still wants a fresh start and a trade out of town. The B’s have been trying to accommodate DeBrusk’s wish, but have obviously been unable to find a return they like.

The Bruins will get back to work Tuesday night against the Hurricanes.

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