What A Canceled Season Could Do For The Boston Bruins

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By Jack Cinquegrana | Follow me on Twitter: @bruinschewy

It has been over one hundred years since an epidemic or a pandemic has derailed the course of a professional hockey season. The Spanish Flu in 1919 caused the Stanley Cup to not be awarded for that season. Folks all over North America are struggling to fill the void of a hockey-less March and what could be a hockey-less April. But I do not believe it is all bad. 

The Boston Bruins have made the playoffs over the past 3 seasons and has had the best record in the league during this 2019-2020 season. They made it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final this past season and lost to the St. Louis Blues. After a short summer, they returned to training camp in September with a vengeance, but not completely healthy. 

Defenseman Kevan Miller has been out for the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign, after performing very well in my opinion during the 2018 playoff run and also the run in 2019. Having a player like Miller for the future is a valuable asset as a sixth or seventh defenseman.

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There is, of course, the David Krejci conversation in which another year is burned off of his contract and Bruins fan debate trading him before he becomes an unrestricted free-agent in 2021-2022. Will we see the most out of Krech next season coming back fully healthy?

Patrice Bergeron has played some tough years and played through some awful injuries. Zdeno Chara is forty-two years old. Say if the Bruins went into the playoffs this year, guys would be tired and it would lead to a possible early exit, I am just speculating but there is always a chance that we do not make it back to the final. 

Beginning next season, in the case that the season is canceled, the Bruins would finally have had some rest going into a full 82-game season juiced up and healthy. I think this could be a blessing in disguise for our Boston Bruins, fully healthy and ready to tear up the league again in 2020-2021.

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What does that mean for Boston? Hopefully, we can still get Torey Krug to sign, being that he may take a cut because of the pandemic, or we can lose him to a team with a lot of space still coming up like the Colorado Avalanche or the Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins still need to sign DeBrusk, Grzelcyk, and Chara. The owners do not want teams buying out many players because that is bad for the league, so the owners may have to move some money around and give teams a little more flexibility if they want the league to stay relatively the same

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Boston Bruins Trade Deadline Additions And How They Fit

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By Jack Cinquegrana | Follow me on Twitter @bruinschewy

The 2018-19 Boston Bruins made it to game seven of the Stanley Cup final last June and analysts and hockey-men alike agreed that they got bullied in the final by St. Louis. Depending on your loyalties, you probably thought the Bruins got jobbed on some calls and if you hate the Bruins then you’ll say they were outworked. It all comes back to the conversation of size and bringing in a big player who can hit but also score.

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The second deadline move consisted of trading away long-time controversial asset Danton Heinen for Nick Ritchie, which for some was a head-scratcher and others were disappointed. The Bruins fanbase expected a goal-scoring stud would be coming to Boston. Ritchie can score but he can also dish the puck and has great vision for a big man. He is not a burner, he will not skate around you, but he can go to the net hard and has an effective net-front presence. I can see Ritchie playing with Coyle and Bjork on the third line, giving 10 and 13 or whoever else he plays with space to roam the offensive zone while Ritchie can screen, tip pucks, and make net-front plays.

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The loss of Danton Heinen is an answered prayer for some Bruins fans and for others is was a punch in the gut. I belong to the latter group because I saw how much Heinen could bring to the table. Great hands, good playmaking ability, good stick, in the right spot, he could do all of that. But because he would not finish a check on the boards and because he was not willing to fight, most Bruins fans had written him off and wanted him gone months ago. I am going to miss Danton Heinen, but I wish him a healthy and productive career starting in Anaheim. As for David Backes, I think he was set up to fail in a hard city to fail in. A bad contract gets moved, he gets to play again and the Bruins get to move on.

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Going into the playoffs there will be many deep and formidable opponents, especially in the Eastern Conference. The Metropolitan division has many teams fighting for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, leaving only the New Jersey Devils the only team out of contention and the New York Rangers are two points out of the wildcard. The playoffs are going to be stacked and I think that Ritchie and Kase will give the Bruins the boost they need by filling in positions and roles that they lacked

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NHL Trade Deadline: Who Boston Should Be Looking At Moving Forward

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By: Jack Cinquegrana  |  Follow me on Twitter: @bruinschewy

 

The Boston Bruins have had a great sense of team defense and acquiring two-way forwards in order to retain that reputation, a good defense is the best offense they always say. But, for the past few seasons, since the trading of Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton after the cup win, the Bruins have had a hard time scoring goals. Boston’s top line does most of the scoring currently tallying 45% of all of the team’s goals, compared to the second line scoring at 19% of the team’s total goals, not ideal.

With an addition of a bonafide offensive scorer that can be had for a good team-friendly contract, preferably a right-handed winger, the offense can be much more balanced offensive attack. When we rely too heavily upon 63-37-88 the frustration starts to show and that makes it even more difficult to stay composed and score goals.

These players that the Bruins should be targeting are not necessarily perfectly attainable but would be a great fit on the team filling the wide-open second-line winger spot beside David Krejci. The Bruins currently sit with 3.1 million in cap space to make a signing or have money going out for money coming in. Trade bait would include one of Jokiam Nordstrom/Danton Heinen and a prospect (Zach Senyshyn, Cameron Hughes, or Peter Cehlárik) and depending on the player, a pick as well.

Tomas Tatar

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A versatile C/W that has produced consistently throughout his entire career. He has a left-shot but can play a complementary game with DK46 and has proven himself a steady defensive forward. He is currently having the best season of his career on the stat sheet and commands a 5.3 million dollar cap hit for this year and next. That is a steep price but Sweeney can definitely move some money around. The only issue may be Tatar’s No-Trade Clause that was issued on February 2 includes 15 teams. Another potential issue could be that he plays for Montreal and there are not many trades between Boston and Montreal.

Kevin LeBanc

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The 24-year-old winger who has great playmaking and scoring ability has burning speed and some playoff experience. San Jose seems like they are blowing it up to reload for next season, they will want picks or prospects. I think he is an easy choice being that he is on a one-year, one million contract, he can potentially resign and will not command a high cap hit. He is a right-shot and can play the off-wing, I think he is a weapon that we need to pounce on.

 

Kyle Palmieri

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Palmieri from the New Jersey Devils has been a solid top-six winger throughout his entire career. Like Tatar, he is a seasoned veteran that can score, be a complementary player to the center and is currently on pace for his career-best goal-scoring season. Palmieri is a right-shot and his contract holds an annual average value of 4.65 million. Slightly a better deal than Tatar would be and having another right-handed forward would not hurt on Krejci’s wing.

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