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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan — With the preseason schedule completed with a 5-0 win over the Jets on Friday night — the Bruins got on a plane back to Boston with decisions to make as they attempt to whittle their roster to the 23 players they’ll keep to start the season.
General manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed the team will keep eight defensemen, which means Kevan Miller, 25, makes the club in addition to all three young players, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, and Matt Bartkowski. Miller was a bit of a surprise, with Chiarelli calling him “a strong, physical D-man.”
As for the third line, it appears set with Chris Kelly centering Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith, what Chiarelli had envisioned. The trio has been playing together most of training camp.
“It’s nice to see there’s a little bit of chemistry there,” Chiarelli said.
The only spots still open are the extra forward and the backup goaltender, both jobs that have come down to the wire.