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Bruins claim defenseman Corey Potter

Corey Potter (right) has averaged 14:47 of ice time in 16 games with the Oilers this season.. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

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Corey Potter (right) has averaged 14:47 of ice time in 16 games with the Oilers this season.

WILMINGTON — The Bruins claimed defenseman Corey Potter off waivers Wednesday. The 6-foot-3-inch, 206-pounder has played in 16 games for Edmonton this season, with five assists, averaging 14:47 of ice time.

Potter, 30, doesn’t fill the Bruins’ biggest need, but he fits as a depth signing for a team that has little NHL defensive depth in the wake of injuries to Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid.

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Backup goaltender Chad Johnson played with Potter in Hartford of the AHL back in 2009-10, and offered his scouting report.

“He was just a real steady D man,” Johnson said. “He just had a presence back there. At least in the minors, he was just calm, made really simple plays. He isn’t a guy who’s going to make bad decisions. He’s just real steady. He’ll fit in perfect with the D corps here.”

Meanwhile, Loui Eriksson was absent from practice Wednesday, a day after he missed the Bruins game against the Panthers.

Coach Claude Julien said the forward’s absence was simply related to the “minor issue” that kept Eriksson out Tuesday, and it would not keep him out on Thursday, when the Bruins play the Capitals. A team source called it a “minor ailment.”

Eriksson was at Ristuccia Arena, though he did not take the ice.

The only other player missing from practice was McQuaid, who has a groin injury. McQuaid, for the record, has been off the ice since Jan. 19, though his status for the rest of the season is unclear.

Amalie Benjamin can be reached at abenjamin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.
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