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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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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Pablo Sandoval (galleryhip.com)

According to a source close with the team, the Red Sox are close to signing free agent 3B Pablo Sandoval to a 5 year, $100 million dollar contract with an option for a 6th year. This is not done yet, but in the words of the source, “90% he comes here.”

This is an interesting deal, if it turns out to be true. Sandoval is a proven playoff performer and he is surprisingly reliable in the field for his size. However, that’s a lot of money being thrown at someone his size and that money could be better spent on pitching. Either way, Sandoval will be a fan favorite very quickly if he can stay healthy and produce the way he has in San Francisco.

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Photo Courtesy of SI.com

Many Red Sox fans have been dreaming of free agent third basemen, Pablo Sandoval since August. Those dreams only intensified after he put together an extraordinary post-season. There have also been rumors circulating that the Red Sox are “all in” on the powerful switch hitter.  And various reports have indicated that Sandoval is in Boston to meet with Red Sox management.

After a terrible season and a flurry of trade-deadline roster moves Sox fans are anxiously awaiting the announcement of splashy free agent singings. Plus, with news of Giancarlo Stanton signing one of the most lucrative deals in the history of sports, the Braves and Cardinals swapping stars, and the rival Blue Jays locking up catcher, Russell Martin—Sox fans are now desperately awaiting any sort of positive news from the free agent front.

But can Sandoval help the Sox contend in 2015? Continue reading Why the Red Sox DON’T Want Pablo Sandoval »

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Marcus Thornton (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

On Thursday the Celtics completed a three-team trade with Brooklyn and Cleveland that is expected to have much larger implications in free agency and the rest of the offseason. In the deal, Boston received shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the Nets and center Tyler Zeller, along with a future first-round draft pick, from the Cavaliers, while giving up only a future conditional second-rounder to Cleveland.

Thornton, who like current Celtics power forward Brandon Bass was the SEC Player of the Year at LSU, was a second-round pick in 2009 and was named to the All-Rookie second team with New Orleans. The Nets acquired him from Sacramento at last season’s trade deadline, and he averaged 12.3 points in 26 regular-season games for Brooklyn, but his playing time dipped considerably in the playoffs. Continue reading Celtics Acquire Thornton, Zeller, Now Expected to Pursue Love »

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Avery Bradley (Getty Images)

On Monday, the Celtics officially announced that they had extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent shooting guard Avery Bradley, the terms of which were not disclosed. The offer is the necessary first step to retain negotiating rights with an RFA, meaning that now Boston can re-sign Bradley by matching the highest bid by another team.

Bradley, the 19th pick in the 2010 Draft out of Texas, has improved by leaps and bounds over the course of his four years in the NBA, going from defensive specialist to bona fide offensive threat, and the offer proves that general manager Danny Ainge rightly considers re-signing him a priority this offseason. Continue reading Celtics Kick Off Free Agency with Bradley Qualifying Offer, Hayward Interest »

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