TJ Oshie (frozennotes.com)

TJ Oshie trade rumors

Hockey fans fondly remember what “TJ Sochi” did in the Olympics last year, scoring on 4 goals in 6 shootout attempts against Sergei Bobrovsky and earning them the win over Russia. His heroic efforts made him a national hero and a reminder of how exciting and nail-biting shootouts can be.

His name has popped up in trade rumors recently and it’s believed that the Blues would be willing to deal this slick winger. He has scored just 12 points so far, well below his 21 goal, 60 point effort last season. Last week, Elliotte Friedman reported that he is available and that the Bruins and Blue have been discussing an Loui Eriksson/Oshie swap. I for one would be completely on board with that. Eriksson has just simply not been as advertised, and while Oshie is no superstar, he’s a skilled player and a good fit for a right handed winger on the top 2 lines. If the rumors are true, I’m biting on this one.

Craig Cunningham on first line

Craig Cunningham has been practicing on the team’s first line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic and will likely play there tonight against Nashville. This is a pretty decent jump after going from Providence to the fourth line and now the first. Personally, I’ve been a big fan of Cunningham and I like his game. Do I think he’s the answer for the first line? No. But I like his game; he just seems to make things happen out there. It will be interesting to see what he looks like with Krejci dishing him the puck and Lucic creating space for him.

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Why Taylor Hall Won’t be a Bruin

December 17, 2014 at 9:37am in Boston, Bruins, NHL, Rumors
Taylor Hall (edmontonjournal.com)

Earlier this week, TSN Analyst Darren Dreger reported that Edmonton’s Taylor Hall would be in play on the trade market as the Oilers train wreck of a franchise continues. The Bruins, who have been struggling just to land a playoff berth this season and seem to be lacking an identity, have been in the eye of a hurricane of media buzz. Could Taylor Hall be the trade target they’re looking for?

It’s funny how these things come full circle. Back in 2010, the Bruins held the second overall pick while the Oilers held the first. It was clear that the B’s preferred Hall, a gritty scoring winger, but they “settled” for Tyler Seguin and his dazzling skill set. Now, they may possibly have the chance to trade for him. But they won’t.

First take a look at the Oilers. Years of being a basement dwelling team amassed them with a wealth of young talent that included three first round picks in four years and six top ten picks in a row. They built a core with names like Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Darnell Nurse and the newly drafted Leon Draisaitl. The hockey world had a general consensus of, “Okay, they’re bad now, but when this young core grows and develops together then Edmonton will be a force to be reckoned with.”

But it never happened. Continue reading Why Taylor Hall Won’t be a Bruin »

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Boston Bruins Playoff Hopes Remain Murky

December 15, 2014 at 12:56pm in Boston, Bruins
usa today

The 2014-15 season has seen the Boston Bruins underperform and suffer through a myriad of injuries. These factors have resulted in a position that seemed unthinkable when the season began. If the playoffs started today, the Bruins would be right on the bubble and potentially watching from home.

Much has been made of the rash of injuries the Bruins have suffered and rightfully so. Zdeno Chara and David Krejci have both missed significant time as well as Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller. Other Bruins, including Milan Lucic, have battled through injuries and lingering conditions. This has caused the Bruins to have a full line-up for fewer than 15 games this season.

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Bruins Weekly Roundup

December 9, 2014 at 9:00am in Bruins, NHL, Opinion, Rumors
Jordan Eberle (oilers.nhl.com)

Jordan Eberle Trade Target

There’s been a lot of buzz lately on the Bruins and Edmonton talking trades, specifically with Jordan Eberle being a target the B’s would love. This makes sense to some degree– the Bruins are hurting for a scoring winger and the Oilers are just desperate to shake things up. However, I really don’t see any package that gets this deal done that makes sense for both teams. People love to throw out the old, Kelly+Spooner+pick but truthfully that doesn’t even come close to being a good offer. Ryan Spooner just doesn’t have the value of being a top prospect anymore. Truth hurts.

There was also a rumor today of Bruins/Oilers discussing Nail Yakupov, with Krug+ being thrown the other way. I just don’t see this happening either. The Oilers have a similar player in Justin Schultz and I sincerely doubt that Julien and Chiarelli would deal away Kessel and Seguin but would be comfortable being patient with Yakupov. Ain’t happening.

Tyler Seguin Flourishing

This is a conversation we’ll probably be having for a long time. The two sides have become, “We gave up on him too soon, he’s a star, maybe he didn’t fit in our scheme but at some point we have to adapt our scheme to fit in superstars like him,” or the counter, “Seguin refused to play defense, he was a problem off the ice, he’s not a team player. The value we got him was much better than what he would give us.” Continue reading Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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rask coyotes

The Bruins played four road games in six nights this week, all on the west coast. They went   in the four games. The trip began with back to back games in Anaheim and Los Angeles against the Ducks and Kings, respectively. The Bruins lost a hard fought game to the Ducks, 3-2, and 2-0 to the Kings in another hard fought affair. Then, on Thursday, the Bruins traveled to San Jose and played one of their poorer defensive games of the year, losing 7-4 to the Sharks. The trip concluded with a 5-2 against the Arizona Coyotes, which saw the Bruins play a strong game wire to wire.

In the first game of the trip, the Bruins came out strong early on. Their first period was highlighted by two penalty kills that saw them generate several short-handed chances including a near goal by Daniel Paille. They got on the board early in the second period when Brad Marchand netted a power play goal. Their lead was short lived however, with the Ducks scoring less than a minute later to tie the game. The Ducks then added another goal to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Anaheim then scored in the third to make it 3-1. The Bruins did have a surge in the third period and were able to make it a 3-2 game on Simon Gagne’s second goal of the year. The Bruins were not able to come all the way back and fell 3-2 in disappointing fashion. Coach Claude Julien summed it up best after the game saying, “”I’m certainly not going to criticize the effort.  I thought we played hard and I really feel like we should have won that game.” Continue reading Bruins End Disappointing West Coast Trip on Positive Note »

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Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron

When Zdeno Chara was hurt it was assumed that the Bruins would have a tough time without him. They started off strong in his absence winning six out of seven games including a five game winning streak. However, the past two nights have been lackluster performances on the road against Toronto (6-1 loss) and Montreal (5-1) loss. The total goal differential in those two games of -9 is one of the worst two game stretches the team has had since Claude Julien became head coach.

The next ten games for the Bruins will be a severe test of what they are capable of doing without their captain. I wrote previously that four to six weeks off for Chara could end up being a good thing as long as the Bruins stayed in playoff position with him out. The next three weeks will tell us a lot about their mental toughness as well as their ability to stay in playoff position. Continue reading Bruins Face Trying Times During Next Three Weeks »

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Bruins Prospect Report

November 13, 2014 at 11:28am in Bruins, NHL
David Pastrnak (bruins.NHL.com)

Will all of the core players locked up for multi-year contracts, we know that the future of the Bruins is in good hands. Guys like Bergeron, Krejci, Lucic, Rask, Marchand, and Chara are all under contract for the next few seasons at least. Quite simply, this team will be good for a long time.

One small downside (if you can call it that) with having such a perennially good team is that it makes it hard for prospects to break into the NHL lineup. Sometimes it’s exciting to see the talented rookies that you drafted perform at the highest level, but the Bruins typically only see one or two a season.

However, in a year like this, injuries happen, trades happen, and you never know when the next guy could be called up from Providence. Let’s take a look at the latest numbers from the Bruins system and see how they’re performing so far this season.

Ryan Spooner – C – AHL

Spooner, who many Bruins fans were hoping would make the Bruins in training camp, showed that although he had flashes of brilliance, he ultimately was not yet ready for the NHL. He has fared pretty well so far down in Providence, putting up 6 points in 8 games. He only has 1 goal so far though. Spooner has been playing strictly the Left Wing lately, in hopes that he can develop some scoring there because the center position at the NHL level is just so deep.

David Pastrnak – RW – AHL

The prized possession of the Bruins farm system, Pastrnak has dazzled since day one of Development camp. He has put up a stellar 13 points in 12 games with a +12 rating– excellent numbers for an 18 year old! Best of all, he is a right-handed shot winger, which the Bruins are in need of. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get called up with the big club at some point this season. Continue reading Bruins Prospect Report »

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