In their first move of the trade deadline period, the Bruins claimed defenseman Corey Potter off waivers. The 6-foot-3-inch, 206-pounder has played in 16 games for Edmonton this season, with five assists, averaging 14:47 of ice time.
Potter, 30, doesn't fill the Bruins' biggest need, but he fits as a depth signing for a team that has little NHL defensive depth in the wake of injuries to Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid. (McQuaid, for the record, has been off ice since Jan. 19, though his status for the rest of the season is unclear.)
Backup goaltender Chad Johnson played with Potter in Hartford of the AHL back in 2009-10, and offered his scouting report.
"He was just a real steady D man," Johnson said. "He just had a presence back there. At least in the minors, he was just calm, made really simple plays. He isn’t a guy who’s going to make bad decisions. He’s just real steady. He’ll fit in perfect with the D corps here."