May 18: Shen has cleared unconditional waivers and will have his contract terminated.
May 17: The Boston Bruins have placed Pavel Shen on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a mutual contract termination. Shen has spent the past two seasons with the Providence Bruins of the AHL after signing his entry-level contract in 2019. The young forward had another year left on that contract, but will become an unrestricted free agent when the termination goes through tomorrow.
In what will be Shen’s last AHL game for the Providence Bruins, the 21-year-old forward recorded two points, bringing his season total to just four. Selected 212th overall in 2018 he earned an NHL deal with an impressive performance at the World Juniors but managed to record just 13 points in 51 games for Providence. In all likelihood, Shen is headed back overseas where he can resume his career. Earlier this year, he played six games for HK Sochi in the KHL but failed to score a point.
A termination will clear a contract slot for the Bruins, though they have plenty for next season. The team has just 27 players in the organization signed to NHL contracts for 2021-22, with 12 (13 with Shen) ticketed for unrestricted free agency. There is a fair amount of work for the Boston front office this summer.