It is August and NHL news is quite thin. Sometimes this stall in news brings wacky trade rumors and/or speculation. There are some rumors out there that include the Bruins, the most recent being the Bruins being involved in talks with the Winnipeg Jets for big money defenseman, Dustin Byfuglien.

For Boston fans unfamiliar with Byfuglien, he really broke into the league during the 2007-2008 season, playing almost the full season and scoring 19 goals with the Chicago Blackhawks. He has stayed mostly consistent since then, with his best regular season performance being the 2013-2014 campaign scoring 20 goals and 56 points with the Jets. He also played a huge role in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs for the Blackhawks, helping them win the Stanley Cup tallying 16 points in 22 games. Continue reading Boston Bruins Trade Rumor: Dustin Byfuglien »

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Maybe the most interesting thing going into the 2015-2016 NHL season is how David Krejci will perform. Krejci played only 47 games last season, missing 4 weeks due to a partial tear in his left MCL which he sustained in late February, missing a crucial part of the Bruins season.

Krejci ended the season with 31 points in the 47 games he played, his lowest point total since the 2007-2008 season. If it wasn’t for the MCL tear, Krejci was on pace to score around 60 points.

It would be ideal if Kreci could stay off the IR in 2015-2016 as he is one of the top scorers on the team, and is going to have some new linemates to work with since Milan Lucic was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a cap-dumping move by the Bruins. Continue reading David Krejci: The Most Interesting Man on the Bruins »

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Don Sweeney is not done making moves yet.

“There are a couple free agents that we’re still having conversations with that we feel might improve our club. If the financial component works, we’re not going to stop having those conversations because it might be the right thing to do,” Sweeney said recently. Continue reading Don Sweeney Still Looking for ‘D’ Help for Bruins »

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Since the Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes signings, there have been rumors linking the Bruins to free agent defenseman, Cody Franson. At one point the Twitter world had rumors that the B’s had actually signed Franson to a deal. Those rumors turned out to be false though.

Franson is a veteran d-man, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the beginning of last season and then was later traded to the Nashville Predators. He had a career season, scoring 36 points, with a +/- rating of -7. Continue reading Why the Bruins Should not go after Cody Franson »

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Bruins sign Matt Irwin

July 10, 2015 at 7:27pm in Bruins, Featured, News

On Friday, the Bruins announced that they signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a one year, $800,000 deal.

The 27 year old d-man has played on the San Jose Sharks for the past three seasons, scoring a total of 50 points during that time. He scored 19 points last season. Continue reading Bruins sign Matt Irwin »

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The Bruins announced on Monday that they had signed restricted free agents Jimmy Hayes and Brett Connolly. Hayes, who was recently acquired from Florida, signed for three years at $2.3 million per season. Connolly, acquired at last season’s trade deadline from Tampa Bay, signed a one year deal worth $1,025,000 million.

Hayes played in 72 games for Florida last season and was third on the team in goals with 19. Connolly saw limited action with the Bruins due to a broken hand, playing in five games and registering two assists with Boston. While with Tampa Bay last season, he scored 12 goals and notched three assists.

Connolly is only 23 years old and Hayes is 25, each being a player that the Bruins feel can improve and be a part of their future. Both players figure to be a significant part of the Bruins forward lines, with Connolly a top six forward and Hayes potentially moving between top six and bottom six depending on production.

The team also announced the signing of forward Brandon DeFazio to a one-year, two-way contract that is worth $575,000 if he plays at the NHL level.

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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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