What Does The Reopening of Boston Mean for Hockey?

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By: Jess Belmosto | Follow Me on Twitter @jessbelmosto

Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker has officially released his plan to reopen the state after COVID-19 caused a shutdown. Something to note is that there is no mention of the resuming of professional sports.

The state doesn’t get to decide if professional sports teams can resume play but since Massachusetts is home to quite a few sports teams, it’s a bit concerning. Should there have been an astrict in the plan in a certain phase for if and when sports return?

Safety Goes Beyond Players

Fans only see a fraction of those involved in the production of a hockey game.  The maintenance crew, venue employees, team doctors, equipment managers, so on and so forth. Getting the players to agree to conditions is one thing but what about those behind the scene? Is it possible to keep everyone safe while playing?

Asking players to uproot their lives to live in hotel rooms without their family for who knows how long is a lot. So not only is everyone at the rink at risk, now the hotel staff who players come in contact with or those who clean their rooms are now added to the mix. Do you ask the hotel to tell their staff they must move in there as well?

Restrictions, Restrictions, Restrictions

The talks of sports resuming obviously comes with a lot of proposed restrictions. Some of these proposals have included, no spitting, no fighting, living in hotels, no showering, and no hanging out in the locker room.

Not to mention, the Canadian and United States border is closed for another month. How are players going to get to these supposed hub cities? What about players who returned home to Europe?

Under the current reopening plan, Bruins practice facility, Warrior Ice Arena wouldn’t open for another four weeks and it’d probably be another month of on-ice conditioning before players were game ready.

How Far is Too Far?

At what point do those in charge realize the ramifications of continuing the season is too much? There’s a domino effect. Next season would be affected and so on and so forth. Each team has representatives but are any of them willing to take a stand for the best option. According to Pierre LeBrun, these deliberations and negotiations are supposed to go on for another seven to ten days.

LeBrun says it himself. There is no guarantee. It’s possible that this ends sooner or the talks stretch beyond that timeline.

Biting the Bullet

Personally, I don’t think it’s safe for the season to resume. It doesn’t seem feasible, no matter where you decide to play. I’d like for Gary Bettman to wash his hands of the season and allow this season to be one for the history books.

The NHL is a business and facing a loss in profit is just the worst thing they could ever do. Well, second to paying their employees during a pandemic, of course.

There’s more at risk here than losing profit and the billionaire owners have to realize that. I hope that we see hockey again come fall and there’s more safety planning involved instead of rushing back to play.

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Bruins Prospect Jack Studnicka Selected To AHL All-Rookie Team

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

Boston Bruins prospect and Providence Bruins standout Jack Studnicka has been named to the American Hockey League (AHL) All-Rookie Team for the 2019-20 season as voted by coaches, players, and media around the league, per an announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

Goaltender Cayden Primeau (Laval), defensemen Joey Keane (Hartford/Charlotte) and Brogan Rafferty (Utica), as well as forwards Alex Formenton (Belleville) and Josh Norris (Belleville) round out the All-Rookie selections.

The 53rd overall selection to Boston in the second round of the 2017 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, Studnicka posted 23 goals and 26 assists for 49 points in 60 games for the P-Bruins en route to the Atlantic Division crown. The 21-year-old tied the AHL rookie record for shorthanded tallies with seven.

The Tecumseh, Ont. native has skated in two career NHL games with Boston, making his debut on Nov. 26 against the Montreal Canadiens, where he recorded an assist on Danton Heinen’s third period goal in an 8-1 win on the road.

In four seasons between the Oshawa Generals and Niagra Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Studnicka registered 80 goals and 153 assists for 233 points in 252 contests. Bruins past and present to have made the AHL’s All-Rookie squad include Zdeno Chara (1998), Jaroslav Halak (2007), Austin Czarnik (2016), and Frank Vatrano (2016).

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Where Does Boston’s New Winger Fit Long-Term?

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By: Michael DiGiorgio  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BostonDiGiorgio

Trades that are executed throughout an NHL season carry some inherent risk.  These risks range from injuries to improper fit into the lineup and locker room.  Though, no one could have predicted a postponement in gameplay and watching their newly-acquired players’ contracts expire.

Thankfully, the Bruins traded for two players who have more than a year on their contracts: Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase.  The latter was acquired to compete for a role on David Krejci’s right-side.  Bruins fans sound like a broken record when they plead for a long-term solution for the second-line right-winger position.  General Manager, Don Sweeney, hopes the former Anaheim Duck fits that mold.

The Bruins acquired Ondrej Kase on February 21, 2020, for David Backes, Axel Andersson, and their 2020 first-round pick.   The Ducks have been staring down a rebuild for over a year.  Rebuilding teams generally hold onto one or two high-end talent players and unload the rest of their promising young stars.  The Bruins saw the opportunity to not only acquire a forward with some untapped potential but also rid themselves of a horrid contract signed back in 2014.  The large-cap hit forced the Bruins to sweeten to the pot for Anaheim, which is why their first-round draft choice was included.

It is a tough pill to swallow for an organization that missed out on a promising 2018 draft class because of a lack of a first-round selection.  Don Sweeney hopes Kase can make Bruins fans forget the same reality during the 2018 off-season.

Ondrej Kase is a former 2014 seventh-round draft selection.  He was drafted out of the Chance Liga, which is the Czech Republic’s second-highest level of professional hockey behind the Extraliga.  He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the final round of the 2014 draft.  It is not unheard of for a player to hail from the seventh-round and become an important NHL piece.  Henrik Lundqvist, Joe Pavelski, Patric Hornqvist, and Ondrej Palat were seventh-round draft picks who have had incredibly successful careers.  The 24-year old winger is in great company if he can replicate their paths.

Kase began his Duck career as a 21-year old rookie 2016, where he netted 15 points in 53 games.  He spent most of his time with Antoine Vermette and newly acquired Bruin, Nick Ritchie, on their third line.  A year later, Kase and his linemates experienced a more successful season, as he ended with 38 points in 66 games.  He’s been plagued by the injury bug during the first six years in the league.  He began the 2018-19 season on pace to crush his career point total, amassing 20 points in 30 games.  Unfortunately, Kase suffered a season-ending shoulder injury that would leave the Ducks waiting another year for Kase’s untapped potential.

Before the trade to Boston, Ondrej scored seven goals and 16 assists in 49 games with the Ducks.  He sustained an upper-body injury near the trade deadline, but Sweeney took the chance anyway.  Kase has only played six games for the Bruins, which is a small and difficult sample size to predict his role going forward.  Though, his skills haven’t faltered.  Kase has incredible vision along with great pucks skills and tremendous adaptability.  He has been described as a “toy-car that never seems to run out of energy.”  This is something the Bruins have needed in past playoffs, especially as the playoffs have transitioned to a faster, more creative gameplay.

Kase can keep up with the speed of the NHL and his elusiveness can wear teams down in the offensive zone.  The St. Louis Blues beat the Bruins in game seven of the Cup final last year because they were able to wear the Bruins down and capitalize on their few chances.  Kase fits that mold and his linemates will prosper.

Sweeney projects his newly acquired winger to play either with Krejci or Charlie Coyle.  Interestingly enough, Coyle could succeed Krejci as the Bruins’ second-line center, which allows Kase and Coyle to build chemistry in the meantime.  Before the season’s suspension, the Bruins had both Anaheim Duck forwards anchoring Krejci’s line.  If the season were to continue, Kase would be given a considerable chance to thrive on Krejci’s right side.  The season will look particularly different than a normal season, so Kase and his teammates will have to participate in a mini-camp before the playoffs.  This will allow Head Coach Bruce Cassidy the time to see how comfortable Kase is with Krejci.  Bruce has been known to tinker with the lines when something isn’t working, unlike his predecessor Claude Julien.

Long-term, Kase is a front-runner the second-line right-wing position.  He is a young, lethal forward who is still learning and growing into the player he is projected to be.  He has the great fortune to learn in a room full of seasoned veterans and talented leaders.  Whether the second-line features Coyle or Krejci, Kase projects to fit the glaring hole behind David Pastrnak.  Though, it would not be a disappointment if Kase sticks on the third-line for a longer period of time because the NHL has shown that teams need four well-rounded and effective lines to win Lord’s Stanley Cup.  Either way, Sweeney made the right decision in trading for a player who is a young, talented forward with the effective ability to be a force every time he is on the ice.

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Bruins Alumni: Happy Birthday Eddie Panagabko

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Eddie Panagabko was born on May 17th, 1934, in Norquay, Saskatchewan, Canada and was a 5′-8″ 170-pound centerman. Per Hockey-Reference.com, he played three seasons of junior hockey in the SJHL with the Humboldt Indians. (65-66-131 in 100GP), before moving up to the International Hockey League, where he posted 25-35-60 numbers with the Grand Rapids Rockets in 60 games during the 1954-55 season.

As a 20-year-old Eddie signed a deal to play for the National Hockey League Boston Bruins but started his pro career in with the clubs American Hockey League affiliate the Hershey Bears. In Hershey, he played in 41 games in the 1955-56 campaign posting 16-25-41 numbers good enough to get the call to Boston in the same years for 28 games notching only three assists. Panagabko would get sent back down to Hershey to fulfill the remainder of his contract, only appearing in one more NHL game (zero points) for Boston in the 1956-57 season.

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In 160 games played for the Hershey club (41G-58A-99P), Ed would finish his AHL career with the Providence Reds, who were a fly by night NHL Bruins affiliate in the early years. In three seasons with the Reds club, he contributed 40-89-129 numbers in 186 games giving him AHL career totals of 81-147-228 numbers in 346 games.

Panagabko would later head back to the West Coast of the United States, returning to the WHL making stops in Portland, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, and San Diego. Ed passed away at the age of 44-years-old on January 18th,1979, and appeared in 29 career NHL games with three total assists.

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Providence Bruins Prospect Season Review: Jack Studnicka

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By: Tim A Richardson | Follow Me On Twitter @TimARichardson

With the AHL season officially over, and the NHL season still hanging in the balance, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at some of the top Bruins’ prospects and how they did this season. First up is the 2017 Boston Bruins second-round draft pick, Jack Studnicka. Coming into the 2019-2020 season, there was a lot of buzz surrounding the young center. He was coming off a season in the OHL, wherein 60 games with both the Oshawa Generals and the Niagra IceDogs he netted 36 goals while dishing out 47 assists for 83 total points (stats provided by EliteProspects). There was even talk that Studnicka could make the big club out of training camp.

While the Windsor, Ontario, Canada native didn’t crack Boston’s roster out of training camp, he would go on to have an excellent first full season in the AHL with Providence. In 60 games, he netted 23 goals while dishing out 26 assists for 49 total points. That’s .82 points per game, which would translate to roughly 67 total points over a full NHL season (stats provided by EliteProspects). Studnicka showed not only his own scoring ability, but he was also show off his playmaking ability as well. As a fan, this is the performance you’d like to see from a young, inexperienced prospect.

Studnicka was playing so well that he earned himself a mini two-game call-up to Boston. While with the big club, he would register his first NHL point, which was an assist. The young center would also be one of two Providence players named to the AHL All-Star roster. He would go on to help lead the Atlantic Division to an All-Star Challenge victory, netting two goals while dishing out one assist for three total points in the final game. As well as the former second-round pick played all year, he seemed to pick up his game as the season went on. Studnicka would register points in 15 of his last 20 games played, netting nine goals while dishing out 14 assists for 23 total points in that time frame (stats provided by the AHL official website).

One part of Studnicka’s game that also stood out, that many may not have expected was his defensive ability. The former second-round pick proved that he was just as good defensively as he was in the offensive zone. He showed off his defensive prowess by leading the AHL in shorthanded goals, with seven. No other player had more than four. Studnicka proved to be versatile, playing well in every zone. One major question remains concerning Studnicka. What happens now? I’d expect the young center to start the 2020-2021 season in Boston. He’s proven that he can play in the AHL. He could also either play center or wing in the NHL.

The Bruins have been pretty adamant about keeping Studnicka a center. This is why I’d expect him to crack the roster as a center next season. The potential with Studnicka is through the roof. He’s someone that could eventually be a top-six center for a team for many years to come. Look for him to have even more buzz next season with how well he played in Providence this year. Studnicka had as good of a season as you good hope for in a young player. I cannot wait to see what the future holds. I hope everyone is doing well through the current tough time. Feel free to send me any comments or questions on Twitter. As always, GO, Bs, GO!

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We Want The Cup….We Want The Cup….Somebody Should Get The Cup!

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By: Maria from Watertown  |  Follow Me On Twitter @mariaofh2otown

Commissioner Gary Bettman raised some eyebrows during a recent San Jose Sharks’ virtual town hall, where he apparently said that canceling the season without crowning a Stanley Cup Champion is not an option (music to my ears)!  The NHL is considering some type of playoff format, either by way of a traditional or an altered structure.  One could also infer that remaining regular-season games may likely be cancelled.  For those teams who were on the playoff bubble and their fans, this will be a disappointing end to the season, but it is probably the right decision.

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As a fan of the Boston Bruins, I would like nothing more than to watch our team battle to win the most revered trophy in all of all professional sports, Lord Stanley’s Cup.  When the NHL halted play in mid-March, the Bruins had the best record in the league.  David Pastrnak was on his way to a potential 50-goal season and is currently one of the top point-getters in the league, along with his linemate, Brad Marchand.  Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak are the best goaltending tandem in the league, with Rask leading the NHL in GAA. 

When the Bruins lost to the St. Louis Blues in game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, not only we were many of us left stunned by that loss, we couldn’t help but wonder if the Bruins could make another run at the Cup, especially with the core of the team being another year older. Yet, the Bruins were on pace to give us what we want – another deep playoff run. That plan has seemingly derailed due to current circumstances, and fans may not be able to file into arenas, waive our rally towels and support our team for another run at the Cup.

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With the NFL talking about ways to potentially have fans in the stadiums, simulating game day presentation experiences with ideas like pumping in crowd noise and MLB arguing about money with its players’ association, if there are to be Stanley Cup playoff games scheduled in 2020, the NHL and players’ association need to focus on these two issues which are paramount in my view:

  • The health, safety, and welfare of the players, team personnel, trainers, broadcasters, and all arena personnel; and

  • The quality of play.

The NHL has a unique opportunity to showcase its sport and provide fans with an opportunity to witness the most exciting playoff series of all the major four sports leagues.  There should be no worry about having fans in the stands or simulating game day experiences – we will eventually flock back to the TD Garden in due time.  Provide and something we are all desperately craving – the chance to watch the caliber of play that we have grown to love and expect during the Stanley Cup Finals.  The Bruins, and the NHL, could likely win over some new fans.

I, for one, am willing to sit in the comfort of my home if it gives me the chance to see this one more time….

Below are the final game highlights before the league shut down and continue to wait on the NHL’s plan to get back to hockey moving forward. The B’s beat the Philadelphia Flyers by the score of 2-0 before the world came to a crashing halt.

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NHL Seattle Expansion And What It Could Mean For The Boston Bruins

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By: Maria From Watertown  |  Follow Me On Twitter @mariaofh2otown

Once the NHL makes a determination to resume league play in whatever form that may take in order to complete the 2019-2020 season, it will likely be “business as usual” in terms of teams getting ready for the 2020 draft, free agency, and the Seattle expansion draft.  One of the looming questions surrounding the Bruins will be how they might approach the Seattle expansion draft and the potential impact those decisions may have on players currently on the roster.

The Bruins seemingly have quite a few roster decisions to address what with all the pending UFA’s and RFA’s (https://www.spotrac.com/nhl/free-agents/boston-bruins [spotrac.com]), as well as projecting who to protect (or not, as the case may be) in connection with preparing for the Seattle expansion draft.  At the time of the Vegas draft, the Bruins protected seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie.  Assuming they use the same formula, a few of the protected players are relatively easily identified in my view:  Patrice Bergeron (F), Brad Marchand (F), David Pastrňák (F), Charlie Coyle (F), David Krejci (F), and Tuukka Rask (G).

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The status of David Krejci is intriguing.  Most consider the center iceman to be one of the “core” members of the current Bruins roster.  There is no arguing that he’s played a significant role in the recent successes of the team.  Having said that, however, Krejci has one year left under his current contract, which will pay him a base salary of $7,000,000 with a cap hit of $7,250,000.  Krejci will be a UFA in the 2021 offseason and will also turn 35-years-old.  Krejci currently has a no-trade clause.  Under the rules of the expansion draft, if he declines to waive that clause, the Bruins must protect him.  With only one year left on his current deal, protecting Krejci might be risky unless he’s willing to sign a team-friendly deal to potentially finish his career as a Boston Bruin. 

Jake DeBrusk is another question mark for me.  While he exhibits a tremendous amount of talent and ability, he can be an inconsistent player.  Jake’s current contract is a very team-friendly entry-level base salary of $832,500 with a cap hit of $863,333.  He will be an RFA in 2020, and it will be interesting to see how the Bruins handle Jake’s next contract or where he may land in planning for the expansion draft.  

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The looming concern for me is how the Bruins will handle the defensive core when it comes time for the expansion draft.  Much of this decision could be further complicated by the Torey Krug contract situation.  If and/or when the Krug extension gets done, then it’s safe to assume that Krug becomes a member of the protected group.  In my opinion, Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy are future franchise defensemen, and they need to be protected. Matt Grzelcyk may likely find himself as the odd man out in this scenario, which is unfortunate.  He is developing into a solid defenseman, with offensive output potential.

I don’t envy Don Sweeney and company.  These upcoming decisions could likely have a significant impact on the future of the Boston Bruins roster.

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Bruins Highlight NHL Fan Choice Awards

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By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @00EvanMichael

Voting for the NHL Fan Choice Awards is now live and the Boston Bruins have some great memories and moments to choose from. Dare I say, they’re well-suited for the accolades, just like David Pastrnak.

Speaking of Pasta, he’s up for Best Dressed for his always stylish (and loud) looks both pre- and post-game.  Here’s a sampling of styles to help convince you how winning this award will fit him perfectly:

And who could forget Tuukka Rask’s truly miraculous blocker save that still gets saved by social media stalwarts the hockey world over even to this day! The @NHLBruins Twitter account certainly wants to ensure “Two U’s, Two K’s, Two Points” gets a lot more than two votes for his Save of the Year nominee:

Then there’s the Best Mascot category with “Blades” right at the top — and not just because of the alphabetical listing. Anyone who knows the Bruins, volunteers in the community or visits the TD Garden can often see “Blades” cheering up the kids around the arena, donating his time, energy and efforts to worthy charities and causes, and supporting players and personnel alike with fun behind-the-scenes content!

 

Rounding out the B’s representation in the fan voting is the TD Garden itself for Best Building in the league (even if the owners are not on anyone’s “support list” at the moment — and rightfully so). Love it or hate it — I’ll always be partial to the old Boston Garden myself. Or, as my late grandfather called it, The “Gahhhhhhhhhden.” Nevertheless, I still have many fond memories at TD, particularly the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, so I can support a sentimental vote here.

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AHL Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Season

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By Carrie Young | Follow me on Twitter @carrieyoung512

Two months after all major sports had their seasons postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Hockey League has officially canceled the remained of the 2019-2020 season. This decision was made by the league’s Board of Governors on Monday, May 11th. All remaining regular-season games are canceled, and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs will not be held.

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The National Hockey League has not yet made an announcement about whether or not the 2019-20 season will continue.

According to the announcement on the official AHL website, the league standings as of March 12th will be final. Awards will be based on these standings and final statistics. This leaves the Milwaukee Admirals of the Central Division as the top team in the league with a record of 41-14-5-3 and the Providence Bruins (38-18-3-3) as the best of the Eastern Conference.

With the season now canceled, AHL teams and players will begin to prepare for the 2020-21 season in hopes that it will continue as scheduled. Though this is a very disappointing development for players and fans alike, it is important for league officials to prioritize the safety of everyone involved. The AHL will return when it is safe to do so.

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Broadcasting Bobby: Bruins Celebrate Orr’s Cup-Winning Goal 50 Years Later!

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By: Evan Michael | Follow me on Twitter @00EvanMichael

“Cleared, but not out. Bobby Orr… behind the net to Sanderson — ORR! BOBBY ORR! SCORES! And the Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup!”

When heralded hockey broadcaster Dan Kelly made that famous call on May 10th, 1970 (not to take anything away from the brilliant voice of B’s broadcast legend Fred Cusick), little did Kelly or anyone else know just how memorable or iconic it would become.

Now, fifty years to the day later, the Boston Bruins organization is celebrating it — and the team’s epic Stanley Cup-winning ’69-’70 season altogether — by asking fans to recreate how they would’ve voiced “The Goal.”

The clever and creative social media campaign began on the B’s Instagram page but has quickly flown (just like Bobby after scoring that unforgettable OT winner) over to Twitter, Facebook and beyond.

In case you’d like to hear “The Call” in its entirety… look no further than another great online resource: Youtube!

 

As for this lifelong Bruins fan and former sports broadcaster, This Date in Bruins History will always be a special one for me… even if I didn’t get to experience it live and in person. It was the moment my dad and grandfather chose to introduce me to B’s fandom. It was how I learned to bleed BLACK N’ GOLD for the first time — by watching Orr score over and over and over.

And with so many fellow fans and Boston buddies doing the same thing right now, it’s as if Orr’s moment in history has once again becoming living history

… As lifelike as the stunning statue soaring high above the ground outside TD Garden itself!

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