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Bruins Trade for Jimmy Hayes, Sign Matt Belesky

By on July 1, 2015 at 9:57pm

Over the last few days, many have wondered just what GM Don Sweeney has been trying to do. After sending Dougie Hamilton to Calgary and Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings, then acquiring lifelong goon Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 3rd round pick, Sweeney’s job at the helm so far looked shaky at best.

Then on Wednesday, the first day of the offseason that NHL teams were allowed to sign free agents, Sweeney regained the confidence of Bruins fans and people around the hockey world by making a trade and signing a key free agent. The Bruins also gave forward Ryan Spooner a 2-year-contract extension.

In the early afternoon it was announced that the Bruins received young forward Jimmy Hayes from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract. Continue reading Bruins Trade for Jimmy Hayes, Sign Matt Belesky »

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Bruins acquired Zac Rinaldo for a third round pick

With his recent hiring as the ninth General Manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney has made one thing clear; he is not afraid to pull the trigger to make deals.

The past four days have included a great deal of moves for the Bruins. With Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic gone, Don Sweeney continued his sculpting of the Bruins roster by trading a 2017 third round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Zac Rinaldo. This move can be seen as puzzling due to the fact that Rinaldo only scored 1 goal last season as well as 5 assists. In four years in the NHL, Rinaldo has scored a meager 8 goals. Don’t expect him to light up the lamp this year. Continue reading Trader Donny? Looking at Bruins GM Don Sweeney’s Recent Trades »

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The Bruins sent recently acquired goalie Martin Jones to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2016 first round pick on Tuesday. The Bruins also received center prospect Sean Kuraly as part of the deal. Jones had been acquired last week from Los Angeles as part of the return package for Milan Lucic.

Essentially, the Bruins dealt Lucic and have gotten a return of two first round picks and two prospects, which is a pretty impressive haul if the draft picks end up being used correctly. Although this move may not make the team better in 2015-16, it sets up well for the future. Jones, who had been a back up goalie for the Kings, was unlikely to stick around and this was likely the best offer Boston received for him.

The Sharks picked ninth in this years draft and aren’t likely to get better so this pick could end up being a high one for Boston. The Bruins also extended qualifying offers for Ryan Spooner and Brett Connolly on Tuesday, which are likely to be accepted. Don Sweeney has already made four trades in the last week and it is likely he is not done yet.

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Matt Beleskey

Friday was a crazy day for the Boston Bruins.

Early in the day it was discovered that GM Don Sweeney had traded Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three draft picks.

“Dougie for three draft picks? You have got to be kidding me,” much of Boston and I thought when we heard of the deal. Nobody was kidding though, this was real. This was Don Sweeney’s first trade as the Bruins general manager, kicking Hamilton out of town, and acquiring Calgary’s first round, and two second round picks.

Confusion ensued. Continue reading NHL Draft Day Dust has Settled, Now the Bruins Need a Winger »

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The Bruins were busy for the early part of Friday, trading away both Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic. The Bruins then made three selections in a row in the first round,a  move that was unprecedented across the NHL. Hamilton was the best young defenseman the Bruins had and Lucic was a major piece on two Stanley Cup Finalist teams who embodied much of hard-nosed, physical style the Bruins have been known for. The shakeup comes at time when the team is bumped up against the cap and still reeling from missing the playoffs.

The day began with Hamilton being shipped off to the Calagry Flames. The Bruins received the 15th, 45th, and 52nd picks in the 2015 draft in return. Not long after, the Bruins sent Lucic to the L.A. Kings in exchange for the 13th pick in the 2015 draft, goalie Martin Jones, and defenseman prospect Colin Miller. The Bruins absorbed $2.75 million of Lucic’s 2015-16 cap hit to make the deal work.

Hamilton was an unrestricted free agent and his unwillingness to accept Boston’s contract offer ended up being the major factor behind the Bruins decision to move him. It is definitely a downgrade to their defense corps overall and will force the Bruins to rely heavily on young, unproven players next season. Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow have seen limited action with Boston and may end up playing a majority of the season with big club. Miller could also factor in as well.

Lucic was in the final year of a contract that would have cost the Bruins a $6 million cap hit. The power forward suffered through one of his worst NHL seasons in 2015, leaving some to question if had begun breaking down. There is no question that the Bruins will miss his presence both on the ice and in the locker room and he could be a major help to a Kings team trying to return to Stanley Cup form.

These moves left the Bruins with picks 13 (Kings), 14 (their own), and 15 (Flames) in the draft and the team used all three. They became the first team since 1968 to make three straight first round picks. With the 13th pick, the Bruins selected Jakub Zboril, a defenseman who plays a tough style at 6’1″, 185 pounds. The Bruins then took left wing Jake DeBrusk with the 14th pick and  wing Zachary Senyshyn with the 15th pick. Zboril is the most NHL ready of the three and Senyshyn has the farthest to go in terms of development. It was reported that the Bruins tried hard tp move in to the top five to take impact defenseman Noah Hanifin, but they were unable to close the deal.

The Bruins still have the rest of the Summer to alter and upgrade their roster but barring anything else drastic, this will be a much younger looking Black and Gold Squad when the puck drops in October.

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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron won the 2015 Selke Trophy on Wednesday for the league’s best defensive forward. It was his second Selke win in a row and his third overall. Bergeron won the award in 2012 and 2014 while finishing second in 2013.

His 60.2% faceoff percentage was the best in the NHL and he also led the Bruins in points with 55. It was also the second year in a  row Bergeron led the league in total faceoff wins. According to analytics, Bergeron was one of the best puck possession players in the league in 2014-15.

He finished ahead of Jonathan Toews and Anze Kopitar in the voting, two players Bergeron has a lot of respect for.

“You’re always very happy about that, and obviously it’s all about the help you get from your teammates. But I’m not surprised to see Jonathan and Anze again this year. They’re two amazing players, and I’m very honored to be nominated in the same category as them,” Bergeron said in an interview.

 

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Patrice Bergeron is a finalist to receive the Selke Trophy on Wednesday night at the NHL Awards. The other finalists are Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings and Chicago’s captain Jonathan Toews.

The Selke Trophy is awarded to “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.” Bergeron is the reigning trophy holder and this is his fourth nomination in four consecutive seasons. Continue reading Patrice Bergeron a Finalist for the Selke Trophy »

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