Brett Connolly (USATSI)

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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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.

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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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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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