March 5, 2014

Bruins claim defenseman Corey Potter

By Jesse Connolly

Corey Potter had five points in 16 games as an Oiler this season. (Getty Images)

With a number of viable trade targets no longer possible options, the Bruins claimed defenseman Corey Potter off waivers Wednesday at noon, three hours prior to the NHL trade deadline. TSN's Ryan Rishaug was the first to break the news.

Potter, 30, was in his third season in the Oilers organization. The Lansing, Mich., native was selected 122nd overall by the New York Rangers back in 2003 out of Michigan State. 

After playing in just nine games from 2008 to 2011 for the Rangers and Penguins, Potter earned a full-time role in Edmonton in 2011-12. He had 21 points -- half of which he picked up on the power play -- in 62 contests for the Oilers. 

The 6-foot-3 defenseman posted 3-1-4 totals in 33 contests last season. He appeared in just 16 of the Oilers' first 63 games this season under new coach Dallas Eakins, notching five assists.

The right-handed rearguard, who has 32 points in 120 career games, will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. His current cap hit is $775,000.

The Potter claim likely came after Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli learned Chris Phillips would be re-signing with the Sens. The announcements came just minutes apart.

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