In somewhat of a stunning series of events, the 2014-15 Boston Bruins missed the playoffs after dropping their final three games of the season this past week. While in the midst of a more comprehensive season review, it is interesting to look at three games that had they gone the Bruins way; would put the team in the playoffs beginning this week.
October 13, Avalanche at Bruins: In this Columbus Day contest, the Bruins met old-friend Jarome Iginla for the first time since his departure from Boston. The game was a grind-it-out affair with each team missing some chances as well as looking in a bit of a malaise during the matinee game. Continue reading Three Games That Could Have Changed the Bruins Playoff Fortunes »
Tags: Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara
The NHL season is now over, after the last playoff spots were clinched on the season’s final day. There were plenty of surprises along the way, which had a big influence on our Pick ‘Em.
The Bruins, Sharks and Kings all missed out and cost us in our standings, while the Canucks, Flames and Islanders all helped out a bit.
But in a tough season, who came out on top? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014-2015 NHL Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014-2015 NHL Expert Picks Results »
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The Bruins dropped a tough one last night against the Washington Capitals, unable to figure out Braden Holtby who’s been doing his Ken Dryden impression all season long against the Bruins. Seriously, the Bruins didn’t score one goal against the Capitals this year.
The Bruins now hold the 8th seed (second Wild Card spot), although they’re tied with the Senators in points with 95. They own the tie breaker because of the head to head match-up, but this won’t be an easy week. One good thing is that the schedule works in our favor. The Bruins play the Panthers and Lightning, both of whom we’ve done well against this season. Ottawa, on the other hand, has to play the Rangers and Flyers, and neither of those are easy match-ups. Continue reading Playoff Outlook and Bruins Weekly Roundup »
Tags: Brett Connolly, David Krejci, david pastrnak, Ryan Spooner, Tuukka Rask
The Bruins announced Friday that they signed Reilly Smith and Torey Krug to contract extensions. Both players had been playing on one year deals this season. Krug’s deal is a one year extension through the 2015-2016 season at $3.4 million. Smith’s deal is a two year extension through 2016-2017 that is worth a total of $6.85 million. Prior to the signing of these deals, both players were set to become free agents at the end of this season.
Thus far in 2014-2015, Krug has scored 11 goals and added 20 assists. He is a power play specialist who can add spark to the Bruins offense from the blue line. He also has a plus-six rating on the season. Smith has 12 goals and 23 assists this season while playing mostly a top six role on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. He also has a plus-eleven rating through 62 games. Both players turn 24 in April and could be a part of the Bruins long-term plans amid rumors of a possible team shakeup this coming Summer. Continue reading Bruins Sign Reilly Smith, Torey Krug to Contract Extensions »
Tags: Brad Marchand, Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, Reilly Smith, Torey Krug
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.
Bergeron to be the next Captain
Continue reading Connolly Injury and Bruins Weekly Roundup »
Tags: Brett Connolly, Jaromir Jagr, Jordan Caron, Max Talbot, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara
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 »
Tags: Brett Connolly, Craig Cunningham, Jared Knight, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Caron, Max Talbot, Paul Carey, Tyler Seguin, Zack Phillips
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.
Tags: Brett Connolly, Bruins, Tyler Seguin