Boston Bruins: The inevitable fall of Matt Beleskey

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 05: Matt Beleskey
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 05: Matt Beleskey /

Boston Bruins veteran forward Matt Beleskey passed through waivers and is now a member of the Providence Bruins.

Boston Bruins forward Matt Beleskey hasn’t had the best luck during his last two seasons. Last season he only mustered 8 points and in 14 games played this season he hasn’t been able to score at all. It seemed inevitable that Beleskey would be sent down to the AHL.

Beleskey wasn’t known for being a prime time goal scorer but when the Bruins signed him he was coming off of his best season with the Anaheim Ducks. He scored 22 goals in the 2014-2015 season and had 10 assists.

His best season with the Boston Bruins ended up being his first one. Beleskey played in the most games of his career and also tallied his highest season point total with 37. Ever since then Beleskey has struggled.

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In his last 64 games Beleskey boasts an awful 3 goals and a -18 rating. The Bruins are heading in a different direction with the bevy of young players currently playing. It appears that Beleskey no longer has a major role on this team.

The contract that was given to the winger is looking really rough. It is easily one of the worst busts during Don Sweeney’s young general manager career. The contract has two years remaining and Beleskey is still owed $7 million.

This could spell the end for the 29-year-old winger in Boston. The only reason to keep him on the team is for insurance in case someone gets hurt. If the Bruins can stay healthy they should try and ship the winger somewhere else. NBC Sports Boston Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty reported that the Bruins have tried to trade Beleskey, but there have been no takers. This can be expected with the struggles that the forward is going through.

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It appears that the writing is on the wall for Beleskey and his time in Boston is nearing its end.