By: Benjamin Aliber | Follow me on Twitter @bpaliber24
This afternoon a report from B’s writer Conor Ryan and other media outlets around the NHL hockey community that the Boston Bruins have placed forward Nick Foligno, defenseman Mike Reilly, and forward Chris Wagner on waivers. The news comes one day after the Bruins played their final preseason game in which they lost to the New Jersey Devils 5-3 last night at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Now, Chris Wagner was a move many saw coming after suffering the same fate last year. While he had a considerably strong preseason, upper management did not see enough to warrant giving him a roster spot.
As for Mike Reilly, this was quite a surprise. He was the odd man out most of the 2021-2022 season but was expected to fill some big shoes with McAvoy and Grzelcyk out with injuries due to off-season surgeries.
On the other hand, Nick Foligno was the biggest shock from today’s report, which is not yet official. An abysmal first season in Boston made him a villain amongst fans considering what he was being paid. In complete honesty, though, this move makes sense financially for Boston as they sat $2.5 million over the cap. Now, with these three moves, they are set to be in line with the maximum ceiling without fear of penalty.
Wagner, 31, is in his final year of a three-year $4.050 million contract, averaging $1.050 million per season.
Reilly, 29, is in the second year of a three-year $9 million deal, averaging $3 million per season.
Foligno, like Reilly, is also in the final year of the deal he signed in the 2021 off-season worth $7.6 million. His AAV is $3.8 million.