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Trade Rumors and Bruins Weekly Thoughts

By on February 6, 2015 at 9:15am
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Bruins Trade Rumors

The next anticipated shake-up of the hockey world will likely come out of Winnipeg, as it appears tensions between LW Evander Kane and the team have finally come to a head. He has had lots of off-ice issues for years now and always seem to be clashing with the front office. Things got even worse on Friday when, after an incident with teammate Dustin Byfuglien, Kane informed the team that he was not going to play in the game that night. Long story short, he’s on the back burner and will likely be moved.

Of course, as with any big name rumored to be available, the Bruins are among teams expected to have a good deal of interest in Kane. And rightfully so– to a degree– because Kane’s a young, energetic, and explosive player. But this is not the right fit for this Bruins team and this Boston market. The media and fans tore apart Tyler Seguin‘s antics and 1-way play, and that was when he was a 20 year old kid with a Cup already on his resume. How are they going to feel about a player who’s a few years older and still immature? As talanted as he may be, let Kane be someone else’s headache. Continue reading Trade Rumors and Bruins Weekly Thoughts »

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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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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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Dallas Stars v Boston Bruins

After playing their best hockey of the season in January, the Bruins have stumbled to begin February. They are 1-3 in their last four games. They have looked slow and sloppy, two bad signs for a team fighting for a playoff spot. They have also looked lazy at times, which is the strongest indictment that can be levied against a team that prides itself on toughness and physicality.

The most glaring element the Bruins have struggled with is defending speed. Carl Hagelin was a force against them when the Bruins faced the Rangers at Madison Square Garden and the Montreal Canadiens speed gave them fits. The most troubling loss was Tuesday night’s effort against the Dallas Stars and old friend Tyler Seguin. The Stars scored two (yes two) short-handed goals and left the Bruins at an almost unthinkable -2 on the power play. The Bruins looked completely lost in the first period, heading to the dressing room down 3-1. They were able to tie the game at 3-3 but then gave up their second shorthanded goal followed by an empty netter for the final of 5-3. In total, the Bruins played roughly five minutes of good hockey, the start of the second period, throughout the entirety of the game. Continue reading Bruins Renewed Funk Raises Persistent Questions »

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Malcom Subban Recalled

It was announced this morning that backup goalie Niklas Svedberg was sent to Providence on a conditioning loan and Malcom Subban will back up Tuukka Rask in Boston. This will be exciting; Subban is obviously a highly prized prospect for the Bruins and did really well against NHL-level talent in the pre-season. They’re taking their time with developing the kid, and rightfully so, so it’ll be interesting to see what he can do. We have a game against the Canadiens in a couple weeks. Talk about a storyline…

All Star Game

Say what you want about the All Star Game, but any time that many elite players skate together on the same ice it’s something cool to watch. Patrice Bergeron represented the B’s well, notching a goal and 4 assists in a dazzling 17-12 game. It’s hard to believe that this was his first All Star appearance but he just displayed once again how talented and under-appreciated he is in this league. I’ve said it before, but he could absolutely be a point-per-game player if he was given free reign to score and not worry about two-way play. Continue reading Malcom Subban and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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Despite dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the Avalanche on Wednesday night, the Bruins head into the All-Star break playing some of their best hockey of the season. In their last eight games, they have won six and lost another in a shootout. They have registered points in nine of their last ten games overall.

A major reason for this is that the Bruins best players are consistently playing up to their capabilities. Tuukka Rask has been brilliant in net, posting a .946 save percentage in the month of January. Milan Lucic has had a fire lit under him and since the Bruins played Pittsburgh two weeks ago he is a plus five with three goals and four assists. He is playing with his trademark physicality and aggression which has been a cornerstone of the Bruins success. Patrice Bergeron has continued his excellent play and has been rewarded as the team’s only All-Star. Continue reading Bruins Head into All-Star Break Playing Well »

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David Pastrnak and Bruins Weekly Roundup

January 14, 2015 at 1:48pm in Boston, Bruins, NHL
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Rookie Pastrnak shining

In an effort to spark some offense from his roster, coach Claude Julien mixed up the lines and now has David Krejci centered between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. It’s worked well, as Pastrnak scored the first two goals of his career this weekend against the Flyers and added two more last night against Tampa Bay. Both showed excellent hockey IQ and a knack for the net that bodes well for his future as a Boston Bruin.

Part of me is hesitant on getting excited about this young, talented winger who can score because I saw how the front office dealt with Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin. However, I believe he has the talent to play a more complete game than either of these two and has shown great energy so far. He’ll need to bulk up, but he has time. After all, he is the youngest player in the league. Hopefully, we’ll be watching this kid score in bunches for the Bruins for years to come.

Patrice Bergeron an All-Star

Is it really his first ever selection to the All-Star team? That baffles me. Well deserved, though. Patrice Bergeron has been a tremendous player for year and he excels in really every facet of the game. I honestly believe that if he went to another team with a run and gun offense and he didn’t have to worry about his two-way play (cough, Tyler Seguin in Dallas, cough,) he could put up 80+ points every year. He’s that good. Continue reading David Pastrnak and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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