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Lackluster Trio of Games Makes Bruins Playoff Chances Uncertain

By on March 23, 2015 at 9:42am
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Entering last Thursday the Bruins were looking at three crucial road games that could make or potentially break their playoff chances. They had to go on the road to Ottawa, Florida (Panthers) and Tampa Bay. The Senators and Panthers were nipping at the Bruins heels while the Lightning had established themselves as a top tier Eastern Conference opponent. Had the Bruins been able to pick up 4-6 points not only would they have firm grasp on a wild card spot, but they could legitimately challenge Detroit for third place in their division. Unfortunately, the Bruins turned in three inconsistent efforts and garnered only one point thanks to two regulation losses against Ottawa and Tampa Bay while losing in overtime to the Panthers. Continue reading Lackluster Trio of Games Makes Bruins Playoff Chances Uncertain »

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The Bruins announced Friday that they signed Reilly Smith and Torey Krug to contract extensions. Both players had been playing on one year deals this season. Krug’s deal is a one year extension through the 2015-2016 season at $3.4 million. Smith’s deal is a two year extension through 2016-2017 that is worth a total of $6.85 million. Prior to the signing of these deals, both players were set to become free agents at the end of this season.

Thus far in 2014-2015, Krug has scored 11 goals and added 20 assists. He is a power play specialist who can add spark to the Bruins offense from the blue line. He also has a plus-six rating on the season. Smith has 12 goals and 23 assists this season while playing mostly a top six role on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. He also has a plus-eleven rating through 62 games. Both players turn 24 in April and could be a part of the Bruins long-term plans amid rumors of a possible team shakeup this coming Summer. Continue reading Bruins Sign Reilly Smith, Torey Krug to Contract Extensions »

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Brett Connolly Injured

In a year that’s been riddled by injuries and under-performance, the trade deadline brought really only one player to the Bruins with any offensive upside. Wednesday morning, that player got hurt and will miss the next 6 weeks. Brett Connolly joined the Bruins for his first practice as a member of the team, but he took a Dennis Seidenberg slapshot off the hand and broke his finger.

Of course this happens. The little beacon of hope we had coming in never got his chance to dress as a member of the team and now the outlook is shaky. He’s basically out for the remainder of the regular season, giving him no chance to develop any kind of chemistry with his new teammates and hurting the Bruins’ chances of postseason in the first place. They’re already without center David Krejci for month or so as well.

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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.
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