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By: Gayle Troiani | Follow me on Twitter @LadyBruinsFan

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Boston Bruins have placed 36-year-old defenseman Anton Stralman on waivers. The veteran defenseman appears to be the odd man out for the soon-to-return Derek Forbort.

After signing a one-year, $1 million contract in October following his professional trout , Stralman has suited up for eight games for Boston, averaging 15:22 of ice time. right-handednded defenseman has not registered a point. Still, the the right-handed defenseman was brought in to help fill the gap on the blue line while the Bruins were awaiting Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk to return from off-season surgery. Stralman may not have recorded a point during the eight games, but he did bltenk 10 shots and landed 12 hits. In his 16 seasons in the NHL, Stralman has played in more than 900 games defenseman and could be picked up by a team riddled with injuries or in need of the veteran leadership.

Following practice on Saturday, Coach Jim Montgomery stated Forbort was close to returning and could return as early as December 3 against defending Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. Today, Montgomery did not rule out the defenseman returning Tuesday against conference rival Tampa Bay and said that he would be re-evaluated in the morning. Despite being second in the league, the Bruins have struggled as of late on the penalty kill, and having Forbort back in the line-up can only help.

Despite missing four weeks due to injury, Forbort joked that he is not worried about his conditioning since he has been carrying his dog Darla up the stairs four times a day.