Bruce Cassidy’s plan to inject some ‘internal competition’ into Bruins lineup paid off on Tuesday

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When the Bruins made the call last week to waive both Brett Ritchie and David Backes, it didn’t take very long for the speculation to run rampant. Was a trade brewing for the B’s? Would clearing at least $2 million in cap space change the B’s outlook on the upcoming deadline?

But for Bruce Cassidy and his staff, the rationale between the moves was a bit simpler.

With Boston treading water ahead of the league-mandated bye week, Cassidy opted to put his underachieving roster on notice. But the message was not sent by way of Ritchie and Backes’ demolitions. Rather, it was communicated by who the B’s chose to bring up.