Talbot, 31, was acquired from Colorado at last year’s deadline and appeared in 18 games for the Bruins, scoring three points.
Based on training camp and preseason action, it was clear Talbot was fighting for a fourth-line forward role along with the likes of Finnish free agent signing Joonas Kemppainen, former Flyer Zach Rinaldo and Tyler Randell, a 24-year-old AHL farmhand that’s spent most of his professional career with AHL Providence.
Talbot is in the last of a five-year, $9 million deal with an average annual cap hit of $1.8M.
From a financial standpoint, the Bruins would save a decent amount of space with the move (assuming Talbot clears, and heads to AHL Providence.) The club can “bury” $950,000 of his cap hit, and Colorado was already retaining roughly half of the original $1.8M.
In other roster news out of Boston, goalie Jeremy Smith has been placed on waivers. The former Nashville Predators prospect had lost out the backup netminding gig to Jonas Gustavsson, who was in camp on a PTO and signed a contract over the weekend.