Boston Bruins' forward Matt Beleskey was placed on waivers Thursday at noon, and 24 hours later, he received news on whether or not anyone claimed him.
Beleskey will report directly to the Providence Bruins. The hope from Don Sweeney is that Beleskey regains his confidence in the AHL so he can come back to Boston, strong.
That being said, sending a proud veteran player to the AHL can often have the reverse effect completely crushing whatever confidence he has left.
Beleskey's only played 14 games this season, and is pointless in those outings. Beleskey performed decently well in his first season in Boston, scoring 37 points, but managed only 8 points in 49 games in 2016-17. The regression is real.
Beleskey has 2 more years after this one on his deal, paying him $3.8 million annually. Add to that his modified-NTC this year and the next, and you have a very difficult an expensive problem to unload.
Is this the beginning of the end for Beleskey?