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Bruins Dissapoint at the Trade Deadline

By on March 2, 2015 at 6:22pm
Max Talbot (CSNphilly) The Bruins acquired Max Talbot at the deadline, but not much else (CSNphilly).

Another trade has come and gone and the Bruins have stayed out of the spot light once again. I’ve covered this topic before, and in the past I’ve stood by Peter Chiarelli’s relative inaction at the deadlines because the Bruins already had such a good core that it wasn’t necessary to go out and make a big deal. However, this time around I just can’t support Chiarelli. The Bruins have some major needs on their roster and he didn’t do much to address them.

All told he made 3 trades today of varying significance. While he was able to grab a couple nice pieces without giving up much of anything, he really didn’t do much to address the Bruins’ needs. Let’s take a deeper look at each of these trades, as well as an unfortunate transaction they may grow to hate.

2 Second Round picks for Brett Connolly

Early this morning the Bruins traded their second round picks in 2015 and 2016 to the Tamba Bay Lightning for RW Brett Connolly. Connolly was the 6th overall pick in 2010, the year the Bruins drafted Tyler Seguin, and has some offensive upside. He’s a speedy player with a quick release and good hockey IQ. Like Ryan Spooner, he hasn’t been able to fully develop into a top 6 forward on an NHL roster but will get a fresh look in Boston. Continue reading Bruins Dissapoint at the Trade Deadline »

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Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders

The Bruins acquired right wing Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning early Monday morning for two second round picks. The two picks will be the Bruins natural selections in the 2015 and 216 drafts. Connolly, 22, was drafted sixth overall in the 2010 draft, just four selections after the Bruins picked Tyler Seguin.

Connolly, who is 6’2” 181 pounds, will add size to the right wing position. He has 12 goals and three assists in 50 games this season. In his NHL career, he has 18 goals and 14 assists in 134 games. He also scored 31 goals in the 2012-2013 AHL season which led the league. Connolly is a restricted free agent after this season, which gives the team the opportunity to keep him around beyond the 2015 campaign.

The Bruins could still possibly make more moves ahead of the deadline. They will play their next game at home Thursday against Calgary.

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Bruins Place Krejci, Miller on LTIR

February 27, 2015 at 8:52am in Bruins, NHL
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The Bruins placed center David Krejci and defenseman Kevan Miller on Long Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) on Thursday. Miller is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury while Krejci is out with a partially torn MCL but should be able to return for postseason play.

The move creates cap flexibility for the Bruins in the lead up to the March 2 trade deadline. With these moves, the Bruins will have an extra $6 million in cap space they can use to acquire players. The way LTIR works is that if a player who is placed on it returns before the end of the regular season, the team will have to get back under the cap. However, if the player does not return until after the regular season ends the team will not have to worry about the cap as the cap is not a factor in postseason play. If the Bruins choose to go this route, they will be able to add one to two high priced players for their playoff run and not have to worry about their cap situation until the end of their postseason play.

The Bruins have long been mired in salary cap purgatory and this move would allow them to keep their own higher priced players while potentially dealing for top flight talent. They have been discussing trades throughout the season and although this move doesn’t mean they will definitely make a deal, it makes things easier for General Manager Peter Chiarelli.

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New Species of Wasp Named For Tuukka Rask

February 25, 2015 at 10:15pm in Bruins, Now!
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The Bruins aren’t doing so well this season relative to their standards, but they have a bright moment now and then. And recently, Tuukka Rask got a new distinction to add to his impressive resume; a newly discovered species of wasp from East Africa was named for Boston’s star goalie.

Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski was discovered in Kenya by a team of researchers sponsored by Rask’s home country of Finland. The team includes one scientist who has lived in Africa for over 25 years, but was from Newton before that.
Continue reading New Species of Wasp Named For Tuukka Rask »

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David Krejci (CBSsports.com)

Malcom Subban Flub

The highly touted goalie prospect was recalled from Providence a second time last week with the intentions of finally getting an NHL start. Malcom Subban got that opportunity on Friday night against the St. Louis Blues, and boy was it ugly. After a scoreless first period, he began the second by letting in three goals on three shots and was pulled in favor of Tuukka Rask. He was simply overmatched by an elite Blues team that he probably shouldn’t have been playing against in the first place.

The Bruins missed a couple big opportunities here. One was that they should’ve started him a couple weeks ago against the Canadiens. The Habs may have been just as tough an opponent as the Blues, but when your starting goalie has a tough history against the team to begin with what do you have to lose? Then, when they called him up last week, they should have started him against Edmonton, not St. Louis. It would have been a great chance to showcase him to a team that needs a goalie and the Oilers have much less firepower than the Blues. The B’s have a tricky situation on their hands now and must be careful not to let this kid lose his confidence.

David Krejci and other Injuries Continue reading Injury Woes and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three

The Bruins announced on Monday that they would be without center David Krejci for 4-6 weeks due to a partially torn MCL. Krejci, who had missed significant time earlier this season, is a top two center for the Bruins and proven himself to be an upper-echelon playmaker for the Bruins for years. He inked a seven year contract extension prior to this season showing that both he and fellow long term center Patrice Bergeron were part of the team’s long term future.

The injury may change how the Bruins approach the March 2 trade deadline and their playoff run. Up until news of Krejci’s absence, the Bruins had been in the market for a top six right wing and a top four defensemen, which are not easy to find in their own right. They now could be in the market for a top three center as well. Ryan Spooner played well in Krejci’s absence in a 6-2 win over the Blackhawks on Sunday and for now will hold the top 3 center role vacated by Krejci. Continue reading Bruins Center David Krejci Out 4-6 Weeks »

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Lucky or Blades? Who's Having More Fun at the Garden? (Photo Courtesy of ESPN Boston)

I’m not talking about the price of the ticket because both teams, along with every team in our great snowy city, charge too much for their tickets, but which of these teams is the more exciting one right now? At the beginning of the season it was easy to say the more exciting team throughout the whole year would be the Bruins. They had just come off of a season where they won the President’s Trophy and made another run in the playoffs despite a disappointing finish in the second round against their hated rivals north of the border, the Montreal Canadiens. Sure, they did not replace the scoring hole left by the departure of Jarome Iginla and then they traded away Johnny Boychuk just before the season started, but they were still going to be contenders in the East if not Stanley Cup contenders. There was no way you could even try to make the comparison between the Celtics and the Bruins as to who was going to have the better season or at least be more exciting, right?

Well, here we are midway through February with both teams facing their upcoming trade deadlines and both teams essentially battling for the eighth spot in their respective playoff brackets. So the question on the table is: which team is more exciting right now? Who would you rather go see? Continue reading The Celtics or the Bruins? Who’s the Bigger Ticket at the Garden? »

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