There remain many holes on the Bruins lines, with not a single grouping guaranteed just nine days before the team’s season opener. But the group of options got smaller Sunday as the team cut 11 players.

The Bruins sent Chris Casto , Alex Fallstrom , Brian Ferlin , Seth Griffith , Jared Knight , Matt Lindblad , Joe Morrow , Tyler Randell (who is subject to waivers), Ben Sexton , and Zach Trotman to the Providence Bruins training camp, which opens Monday.

The team also released Bracken Kearns from his tryout agreement.

That leaves the team with 34 players, including the injured Gregory Campbell (core), Linus Arnesson (groin), and Anthony Camara (illness).

One of the more surprising cuts was of Griffith, who had seen time with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand earlier in camp. He scored twice Friday night in Washington.

“I think a guy who took some steps in the right direction,” coach Claude Julien said.

“His skill level — he moves the puck well, he has good hockey sense, he finds the net, finds the back of the net, and those kind of things are really good. His pace has definitely gotten better over the course of one year.

“Definitely heading in the right direction here. Little bit more time to work on his game. He’s going to be knocking on the door.”

The cuts leave the following players still fighting for a spot on the roster: Jordan Caron , Craig Cunningham , Justin Florek , Matt Fraser , Simon Gagne , Alex Khokhlachev , Ville Leino , David Pastrnak , Bobby Robins , and Ryan Spooner . There are four open forward spots, with Reilly Smith still unsigned.

There’s little else the coach and team can do but prepare to fill them with the Smith (and Torey Krug ) situation still up in …read more