Caron/By S. Bradley

The Bruins used their off day today to trim their roster down to 29 men.

Boston confirmed the report that Zach Hamill and Trent Whitfield have been waived for the purpose of assigning them to the Providence (AHL) farm club and also assigned Jamie Arniel, Colby Cohen, David Warsofsky, Zack McKelvie and Michael Hutchinson to the P-Bruins.

That leaves Steven Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski to battle for the seventh defensemen spot, while Max Sauve, Jordan Caron and Chris Clark are vying for the 13th forward position.

In my post at today, I break down the Caron-Clark battle. I neglected to include Sauve in the discussion, but his ability to get this far into camp proves he has a chance to make the club. Nonetheless I would be more likely to send him to Providence to play top-six minutes until there’s a lineup opening. The 13th forward probably won’t be in the lineup to start the season, as Boston’s most likely to go with the 11 returning forwards plus newcomer Benoit Pouliot.

You really have to be impressed with Caron, who made the cut last season and skated in 20 of the Bruins’ first 25 games before he was assigned to Providence. He’s come back even stronger and with a little more savvy. In a conversation with last week, Caron explained why this year he’s different than last season.

“I think I’m in better shape than I was last year. And I’m much more mature than I was last year, too. So I just want to play every game and be consistent,” he said.