Beleskey is still with with the Bruins after the Golden Knights selected Colin Miller in Wednesday's expansion draft, NHL.com reports. Beleskey's annual $3.8 million cap hit likely deterred Vegas, especially after the winger logged just three goals and eight points in 49 games last season. An injured knee that caused Beleskey to miss time and led to some conditioning issues factored into his dip in productivity, so with a full offseason to mend, there's reason to believe that the 29-year-old could bounce back this coming season. At this stage, though, Beleskey profiles more as a secondary scorer than the sniper the Bruins presumably envisioned when they signed him as a free agent after he racked up 22 goals in 65 games for the Ducks in 2014-15.
Beleskey wasn't protected by the Bruins from the upcoming expansion draft, TSN reports. Beleskey had a bit of a down year in 2016, likely leading to his availability in the draft. He's one of the better names made available by the Bruins, so it wouldn't be surprising if he ends up on the board and headed to Vegas, but that's still yet to be determined. If not, he remains under contract with Boston for another three seasons.
Beleskey is not in the lineup for Game 3 on Monday against the Senators as he is serving as a healthy scratch. Beleskey saw a paltry 17:24 of ice time combined in the series' first two games, skating to a minus-2 and recording three shots on net, so it's not entirely surprising to see him spend Game 3 in the press box. With just eight points in 49 regular-season games in 2016-17, he shouldn't have been on too many playoff shortlists, anyway.
Beleskey is slated to work on a line with Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes in Thursday's game against the Stars, CSN New England reports. After being out of the lineup for a couple of games, Beleskey will draw back into the mix Thursday with Frank Vatrano day-to-day due to an upper-body injury. In his second season in a Boston uniform, Beleskey has dropped off the fantasy radar, notching just three goals and eight points to go along with a minus-12 rating over 43 games.
Beleskey (family leave) returned to practice Monday. Beleskey, who has logged three goals and eight points to go along with a minus-12 rating over 43 contests this season, is thus available for Tuesday's contest against the Preds, but it's not a lock that he'll re-enter the lineup, with the B's coming off a 2-1 win over the Islanders on Saturday.
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