Providence Bruins: Why Is Binnington Here?

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By: Mark Allred                          Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

As a person constantly learning about the inner works of how a hockey franchise works no matter what level is always something I love to do as I investigate interesting topics along the way. One particular topic that’s boggled my mind for the past few week’s is the addition of goaltender Jordan Binnington who was brought to the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins on loan from the St. Louis Blues top minor-pro affiliate the Chicago Wolves.

Although I do understand the “loan” process when it comes to the developmental scheme of things for the National Hockey Leagues Boston Bruins especially in the crease, I have to wonder with a shake my head moment why that roster spot is being used for a player that’s not even Bruins property? Take for instance Bruins goaltending prospect Dan Vladar who was selected in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft was placed in the “AA” East Coast Hockey League with the Atlanta Gladiators to start this season, a minor-pro franchise that Vladar spent a majority of his first year as a professional last year. Why wasn’t this opportunity given to him at the AHL level?

Vladar’s time in the ECHL has admittedly been an up and down learning curve as written in previous articles about him but you can’t deny his efforts in the AHL when called upon. With concussion issues with starting goaltender Tuukka Rask and developing depth shits that have to be made in the lower organizational leagues, Vladar got his first start of the 2017-18 season with the Baby B’s last weekend and even tho he started off slow he recovered to earn the shootout 3-2 shootout victory over the Belleville Senators to remain unbeaten in the AHL.

Last season in eight games with Providence the 6’-5” 185-pound Czech Republic native went 4-0-1 when called to the American League and showed he can progress at a higher level of professional hockey and impressed the Bruins Brass no matter if it’s was the regular season or offseason B’s camps and workouts. This whole power thinking took a serious turn for the worse when the news of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies loaning goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo came out yesterday.


So, after reading this Tweet above, I had to ask why Binnington who is the St. Louis Blues property wasn’t returned to the Chicago Wolves to fix their goaltending issues? I get that the new NHL Las Vegas Golden Knights franchise shares an American League affiliate with the Blues in Chicago, but it still makes no sense to me why Vladar who is a part of the Bruins future is passed over for a goaltender that’s probably not going to be in Providence after this season?

I know it comes down to playing time and an availability agreement and never claimed to know or be close to whatever goes on behind closed doors when decisions like this have to be made but as a former non-pro netminder myself I have to wonder how a 20-year-old Vladar feels about a situation like this and what it could do to his confidence moving forward. I would definitely understand if Malcolm Subban was still a part of the organization and placement in the ECHL had to happen but this is something that’s intrigued me since the addition of Binnington right before this season started and Vladar was sent down to make room after the Baby B’s training camp.


The Providence Bruins get back to work on the road this weekend with stops in Binghamton, New York on Friday night to play the Devils, then off to Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday night to play the Bears. The Baby B’s return home on Friday, November 3rd when they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Dunkin‘ Donuts Center to start a three-game weekend.

Bruins: Vladar To ECHL Is A Questionable Move?

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By: Marks Allred           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Let’s start by saying I’m a big fan of researching everything Boston Bruins hockey but never considered myself an expert or insider but a person that takes this hobby seriously while learning on a daily basis. Sometimes when things happen behind closed doors, and fans have nothing to do with certain moves, we have our shake our heads moments and sometimes question the acts and inner works of operating a National Hockey League franchise. One move that happened on October 10, 2017, was one where I tilted my head like a curious dog when the B’s had their American Hockey League affiliate move a goaltending prospect to the East Coast Hockey League.


Now here’s where you’re thinking, prospect in the minor-pro developmental leagues go up and down all the time, and I completely understand that but when a prospect is demoted to make room for another goaltender that has nothing what-so-ever to do with this Bruins organization, that raises a red flag for me and start to ponder the realm of why?

SUNRISE, FL – JUNE 27: Daniel Vladar, 75th overall pick by the Boston Bruins poses for a portrait during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

20-year-old goaltender Dan Vladar was selected in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and was the second highest ranked European netminder according to the NHL’s Central Scouting Final Rankings for his draft year. The 6’-5” 185-pound Czech Republic native admittedly needs some more work in the Bruins system there’s no denying that, but he does have great athleticism and potential that can be seen at every level he’s been called to action thus far.


Here’s why I have a serious problem with the youth prodigy and his placement at the “AA” level. On that same October 10th day that Vladar was moved to the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators, the Providence Bruins filled the vacant crease duties with goaltender Jordan Binnington who came to Providence on loan from the St. Louis Blues organization where he was with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, but there was no room for him to get playing time. Read that one more time if needed to allow that to soak in and hope at least a few understand where I’m coming from.

So, this brings me to some final question about this move? The Bruins Brass think very highly of Vladar and his progression but how can you pass up a roster spot for one of your own prospects but go ahead and accept a player that has never been in the plan in the first place? That my friends is something that I don’t understand. After watching him play in the ECHL during his 2016-17 professional rookie season mostly grinding it out with Atlanta who was a mediocre team at best, Vladar stepped up his game when called up to the Baby B’s and adjusted very well to a better-structured defense. Although only called to the AHL due to injuries at the NHL level, the quick netminder went unbeaten in eight appearances even tho he posted a below average 5-9-1 record in 18 games for Atlanta.

Why wasn’t Gladiators goaltender Matt Ginn offered that spot over Binnington? Matt’s not a Bruins prospect but has had serviceable time in the lower ranks of the organization’s developmental leagues and would think he’d get a look at least for a short time? This whole thing was just mind-boggling and interesting at the same time.

Again, like I mentioned above, I’m no expert but a passionate fan that loves to get the wheels turning on certain topics but passing over one of your own prospects to create ice time for a player on loan was a questionable one. In the developmental scheme, I had Zane McIntyre and the young Vladar splitting the 2017-18 AHL campaign with a spot made available from the departed Malcolm Subban who was claimed on waivers by the new NHL Las Vegas Golden Knights franchise.


Boston Bruins: You “CAN” Teach That

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By: Billy Stramiello          Follow Me On Twitter @WJStramiello

Opening night for the Bruins certainly did not feature the line-up that last year’s Bruins fans would have expected.  So many “casuals” hope that they will wake up at the end of summer hockey hibernation to find their team stocked with off-season superstar acquisitions.  On the opening night not only did B’s fans not find any presents like that under the tree but were also surprised to see some old favorites wrapped in the latest Louis Vuitton instead of their home-ice sweaters.

Probably the Bruins best player, Patrice Bergeron, is day-to-day but will likely return to the lineup on Monday.  Torey Krug, offensive-minded defenseman, skated hard at practice and will also likely be back very soon.  David Backes is out for up to a month with diverticulitis (really, who gets diverticulitis?).  A starting veteran winger, defenseman, and center iceman, all out of the mix, and nobody to play but a bunch of kids and some old guys.  That could easily spell disaster when facing the Western Conference champion Predators, presumably out for vengeance after losing in the final a few short months away.

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But it turned out alright – pretty good, in fact.  Maybe our esteemed Harvard graduate of a GM is actually using his noodle after all.  Sure it’s early, and kids are notorious for a lot of ups and downs. But the Bruins won last night because the players on the ice executed the game plan, utilized hockey IQ, and skated hard all night.  So maybe Donny Sweeney and his scouts look at some qualities other than the obvious when drafting and rasterizing.  The office has come under a lot of scrutinies lately because of the way they have handled some first rounders of late – most recently Malcolm Subban.  The list of duds drafted and studs lost by the B’s is substantial, and many people were not pleased with the three-in-a-row in the 2015 draft that became Zboril, Senyshyn, and DeBrusk.

Looks to me like Sweeney is trying to draft players, that are coachable, work hard on and off the ice, go to the dirty areas, and have a decent hockey IQ –  you know, Bruins players.  Even our legitimate superstars of the glorious past are known for those qualities.  Boston has never been a good spot for prima donnas.

So with the exception of about five minutes, opening night was a template for how we want things to go.  Sure there were some scrambly moments, especially at the end, but for the most part, the Bruins did well in the defensive end.  They did not chase the puck.  They put sticks in lanes.  They controlled their opponent’s sticks in the dirty areas.  They did not get out of position and turn the puck over.  Most importantly, they stayed between their checks and the net at all times (with good layers) and were thereby able to clear rebounds.  When these things did not happen, the Predators scored.   I was particularly impressed with the improved all-around play of Ryan Spooner.  Skating hard is one thing, which he has always done, but skating smart is another, and hopefully, that will be the trend for these young B’s going forward.

Boston Bruins Sign Goaltender Keyser

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By: Mark Allred        Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

After losing goaltender Malcolm Subban to the National Hockey League waiver process to the new Las Vegas Golden Knights franchise, the Boston Bruins announced yesterday that the team has signed netminder Kyle Keyser to an entry-level contract.


Drafted in the fourth round (#74 Overall) in the Ontario Hockey Leagues Priority Draft by the Flint Firebirds, Keyser would appear in 17 games posting a 4-10-0 record with a goals-against-average of 4.37 and save percentage of .880 in 2015-16. His second season in the OHL didn’t fare much better-going 7-9-0 with a GAA of 3.40 and save% of .891 with his new team the Oshawa Generals after being traded from Flint for a 2017 second round draft pick. After joining the Bruins in September for the teams annual rookie camp as an invite, the 18-year-old undrafted goaltender has played in four games this season posting a 2-1-0 record, and a GAA of 3.50 and .903 save%.

It’s hard to tell where the Bruins are going with the young netminder that will seemingly stay in the OHL until the age of 20-years-old but he does add to the depth of the organization at that particular position and could be ready for the American Hockey League when he’s eligible in two years.


The 6’-2” 185-pound Coral Springs, Florida native must have shown a lot more than his recent numbers in the OHL when the Bruins scouting staff were around the Generals when they were there looking at 2017 NHL draft selection Jack Studnicka who plays center and was recently named Captain of the Gens.

Why Do The Boston Bruins Keep Losing First Rounders?


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By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog

The former first-round pick Malcolm Subban (24th overall, 2012) was placed on waivers yesterday and claimed by the Vegas Golden Knights earlier today. Vegas now has three goalies on their roster. Fleury, Pickard and Subban will make quite the tandem in nets for them. For the Bruins, they will now use Daniel Vladar and Zane McIntyre as the goalies in Providence. Vladar played 8 games in the AHL last year, and 18 in the ECHL. He will now have a better opportunity to play with Subban gone. This should also make Zane McIntrye the starting goalie, as he and Subban split starts last season in Providence.

This marks yet another Bruins first-round pick leaving the team for less value then he was worth. He was one of the nine first round players from 2005-2013 picked by Boston to leave the Bruins. Some of those names include elite players like Phil Kessel (5th overall, 2006), Tyler Seguin (2nd overall, 2010) and Dougie Hamilton (9th overall, 2011). There is a really bad pattern of Boston losing high-value players for weird reasons. Sometimes alleged off-ice reasons (Seguin) or the player just not panning out like they were scouted to be.


Matt Lashoff – 2005 (22nd Overall) TRADED – Tampa Bay

Matt played 36 games over three years with the Bruins. He totaled one goal, seven assists for 8 points with the Bruins. He had a lot of points in juniors and the minors but never translated that to the Bruins in the NHL. He was traded with Martins Karsums to Tampa Bay for Mark Recchi and a 2nd overall pick which was then turned to Florida. Recchi ended up being a great addition for the Bruins.

Phil Kessel – 2006 (5th Overall) TRADED – Toronto

Phil Kessel was a very good, and almost immediately made an impact in the NHL. He scored a lot of goals and contributed to the team. He was then traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for 1st/2nd round picks in 2010, along with Toronto’s first round pick in 2011. Those picks turned out to be Seguin, Jared Knight, and Dougie Hamilton. Phil was then traded to Pittsburgh where he is now a two-time Stanley Cup champion. He has excelled with the Penguins, finally finding a system that fits him really well.

Zach Hamill – 2007 (8th Overall) TRADED – Washington

Zach Hamill played a total of 20 games over three years with the Bruins and hasn’t played a game in the NHL since. He totaled four career assists in the NHL. He was traded to Washington, then Florida and then moved around the AHL. He last played in 2012.

Joe Colborne – 2008 (16th Overall) TRADED – Toronto

Joe Colborne didn’t play a single regular season game for the Bruins. He was traded three years after he was drafted to Toronto with picks for Thomas Kaberle (Which kind of worked out since they won the Cup that year) He played six games with Providence. So a first-round pick played six games in the AHL before trading him.

Jordan Caron – 2009 (25th Overall) TRADED – Colorado

Caron played 134 games with the Bruins over five seasons, totaling 12 G, 16 A for 28 points. One of the longer first round picks careers with the Bruins, but in the end, Caron was traded to Colorado for Max Talbot and Paul Carey. Paul didn’t play for the Bruins at all, but Talbot ended up playing 56 games. Caron continued his career with Colorado and St. Louis. He was one of the few first-rounders that I’ve reviewed that have actually had a fair amount of time as a Bruin.

Tyler Seguin – 2010 (2nd Overall) TRADED – Dallas

Tyler Seguin was one of the highest drafted Bruins at 2nd overall only behind Taylor Hall. They had been thought of as one of the closest top two picks in years. In his first year with the Bruins, Seguin played 73 regular season games and even played in 13 playoff games on route to the Bruins win. He played two more seasons until he was traded in the offseason for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow and Matt Fraser, who all don’t play for the Bruins anymore. Peter Chiarelli traded Seguin due to his “Party Life”.

Dougie Hamilton – 2011 (9th Overall) TRADED – Calgary

Hamilton was a solid defenceman and overall really good player. He played three seasons with the Bruins, improving point totals every year. He was set up to take over Chara’s position on the team as the top defencemen until he was traded to the Flames for a first and two 2nd round pick in the 2015 draft that resulted in Zachary Senyshyn, Jakob Forsbacks-Karlsson, and Jeremy Lauzon. None of those players have played in an NHL regular season game yet. While the picks exchanged for him develop in the minors, Hamilton has become one of Calgary’s top defencemen. Yet another talented, promising pick that was traded away.

Malcolm Subban – 2012 (24th Overall) WAIVED – Vegas Golden Knights

This was a weird pick, considering the history that people with the last name “Subban” have in Boston. But he was a great goalie in junior, and the Bruins felt that they couldn’t pass on him. After playing only two NHL games (And losing both) Subban was put on waivers after the 2017 preseason. He was picked up by VGK and ended his career as a Bruin. He was a solid enough AHL goalie, but never turned into the backup for Rask that the Bruins hoped he would.


With the Bruins having seven first round picks in the last four years, there might be a better oppertunity for those players to stay with the team and find a regular spot. Some of those players include David Pastrnak and Charlie McAvoy, who seem to have NHL roles at this time. The trades could have been made possible thorugh a weird combonation of Peter Charelli making odd descions about signings and trades and Claude Juliens’ media imposed hatered towards young players. But no matter what it actually was, the drafting in the years 2005-2012 were not very good, in the first round at least.

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Boston Bruins Lose Malcolm Subban To Las Vegas


Malcolm Subban #70 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at TD Garden on September 25, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts.
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By: Andrew Thompson                                                                 Twitter: @godwentwhoops


When the Boston Bruins selected Malcolm Subban in the first round of the 2012 Draft, tounges wagged furiously. Malcolm, the younger brother of then Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban would have brought another dimension to the century-old rivalry between Boston and Montreal.

Times change though. P.K. Subban headed out to Nashville, and now Malcolm is heading to Las Vegas. The Golden Knights picked up the younger Subban off the waiver wire earlier today.  The 23-year old Subban struggled in the few times he played at the NHL level.

The 23-year old Subban struggled in the few times he played at the NHL level.

Subban has spent the last few seasons in Providence, where he has alternated with the starting job in net. He had decent seasons in 2014 and 2015 and was expected to start this season as the number one netminder for the Bruins AHL franchise.

There are several takeaways from this:

Once again, the Boston Bruins wasted a first-round pick. The B’s have had rotten luck with their first round picks over the years. Joe Thornton, Tyler Seguin, Phil Kessel, Jordan Caron… the list goes on.

Subban took just a little too long to develop. Even now, he’s considered a very streaky goaltender. He’d have very strong periods of play followed by letting in multiple easy goals.  It was frustrating for the fans (and certainly for the B’s front office) who often wondered why the B’s couldn’t find a way to package Subban with other players (like Ryan Spooner) in a trade deal with another team.

With Subban heading out to Vegas, this changes the dynamic for the Boston Bruins organization. On the NHL level, Anton Khudobin is secure in the number two job in Boston.  It’s likely that Khudobin could get another one or two year contract to stay as Tuukka Rask’s backup. Zane McIntyre will now be the P-Bruins number one goaltender, and the odds of Daniel Vladar seeing some AHL time (maybe even an NHL game) has increased by an order of magnitude.

Good luck Malcolm Subban. The big club barely knew you.

Boston Bruins: More Studs-And-Duds From The Preseason

By: Andrew Thompson        Follow Me On Twitter @Godwentwhoops

The Boston Bruins will be submitting their roster for the 2017-18 season on Tuesday. Several players found themselves making the cut due to their strong performances during the preseason. While some players didn’t seem to make the cut this year, it was one of the most competitive camps in recent memory. Several of the ‘duds’ listed in this and the previous article could easily find themselves in the big club at some point this year.

Dud (provisional): Malcolm Subban.

A lot of people have given the 23-year old goaltender a lot of grief for not being NHL ready despite years of preparation.  This preseason wasn’t much of an exception. Subban has improved since last season. His performance against the Flyers clearly showed that he had improved and was capable of some impressive saves.

In the end, his overall performance (.889 save percentage, and a 2.71 goals-against average), and the strong play of Anton Khudobin is what got him put on waivers today.

If Subban isn’t claimed on waivers he’ll head back down to Providence.  If that’s the case, Subban will likely see a few games in Boston this year.

Update: Malcolm Subban was claimed off waivers by the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Stud: Austin Czarnik.

Austin Czarnik was tied among all Bruins for points (three) and goals (two) this preseason. The 5’9″ Czarnik showed that smaller centers can hang in the game with their much larger counterparts.  Even while battling an illness, Czarnik put up seven shots in just two preseason games. Czarnik also won 52% of his battles in the face-off circle. The only other young gun that beat him in the face-off dot was Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (62.1%). With JFK being sent to Providence, it seems that Czarnik has earned himself a place on the roster.

Currently, the 24-year old Czarnik is eligible to be placed on injured reserve. When the Bruins submit their final roster Tuesday afternoon, it’s likely Czarnik will make the final cut, but start the season on IR.

Dud (Provisional): Kenny Agostino

When the Boston Bruins signed Agostino to a one-year, one-way deal, it seemed the Black and Gold were getting themselves a bargain. The former Yale product had spent the last three years in the AHL, earning MVP honors last season.

Agostino put up three points in three games during the preseason and showed some intelligent play on the ice. He looked like an early favorite to make the squad in the preseason.But the Bruins are looking for speed on the ice, and that’s one category where

But the Bruins are looking for intense speed on the ice, and that’s one category where Agostino doesn’t rank highly enough for.

“For me, there’s not a lot of knowledge [about Agostino beforehand], but from what I did see, he’s a smart player,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy according to the Bruins website. “We’re looking to upgrade speed in our lineup and that’s an area where we think we have a few people in front of him.”

Agostino will likely see some time in Boston this year. The B’s always seem to get hurt, and Agostino would be a smart choice as the first call-up from Providence.

Current Bruins Goalie Gear

By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog

As of right now, the Bruins may have some of the best goalie masks in the league. As for pads, there is still room to improve. Here are the current Boston/Providence Bruins goalies setups.


Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask hasn’t had too flashy of a setup in his career, but he always has a classy look about him. He uses mainly white pads with streaks of colour on most of his equipment. His helmet is his most unique part of the set. The mask depicts a large bear on the front, digging into the spoked “B” on the sides with its claws. His last name (Rask) can be seen on the bottom portion written in what seems to be a graffiti font. A very nice setup by NHL starting goalie standards.

Anton Khudobin


Anton Khudobin hasn’t debuted his new mask yet, but the artists of it have posted pictures of it on their Instagram feed. It features an incredible water activated image along with all the designs. I’m not sure how much he’ll be dousing himself with water during a game to show those hidden designs, but it’s still pretty cool to see. His pads are pretty simple, and look a lot like Rask’s. They also share the same brand, Vaughn, which may benefit the close look.


Zane McIntyre

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Zane McIntyre has a great mask, and equally as great pads. The mask features TD Garden on one side and former Bruins goalie Frank Brimsek on the other. And in a special tribute to his late grandmother, an image of her on the back holding a Diet Coke and wearing the spoked “B” Bruins jersey. His pads have a design that hasn’t really been seen in the NHL, with a transition from black to yellow which is very cool.

Malcolm Subban


Subban has a flashy setup. The multiple sets of pads are something we don’t see too often because goalies usually don’t like to switch equipment too frequently once they break the items in. My favorite set of his pads has to be the black ones. They are just so solid. His mask features a Grim Reaper on the front forehead area, and on the back, Psalm 23:4.The sides show the Bruins alternate logo, the full bear.


Photo Sources:

Tuukka Rask: CoastToCoastHockey on Twitter, Sports Illustrated (

Anton Khudobin: SylaBrush on Instagram, (

Zane McIntyre: zanoinsano_31 on Instagram, Mask Courtesy of Diel Airbrush

Malcolm Subban: malkeyjay on Instagram for both.


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Bruins Preseason Recap/Look To The Regular Season


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By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog

The preseason is finished for the Bruins, and now it’s onto the real season. Here are a few quick thoughts on the preseason/future.


One thing that has emerged from the seven games that were played is the amount of depth that the Bruins have in their lineup. Right now the Bruins have lots of problems with who will and won’t make the team. It’s an issue, but a good issue to have. Lots of rookies made good impressions in camp/preseason games, but because of all the depth, they won’t make the team. All these extra talented players mean that the Providence Bruins (AHL team for Boston) should have another deep run in the playoffs.

Special Teams

During the seven-game preseason, the Bruins were 88.1% on the penalty kill. And they had A LOT of penalties during those games, averaging 15.7 penalty minutes per game. That’s a lot of ice time to put on your PK unit players. After last years league-best PK, I believe the Bruins can stay in the top-5 of the PK percentage by using a three line penalty kill system, which will let more players get rest instead of just relying on Bergeron and Marchand to play a 1:30 of a 2 minute minor.


Malcolm Subban played the most times of all the Bruins, four total, but only finished one game. The total team save percentage between the four goalies was .903 over seven games. Obviously, Tuukka Rask will be the starter on Oct. 5th against the defending Western Conference champions Nashville Predators, but the backup position was still a battle between seasoned vet Anton Khudobin and young AHLer Malcolm Subban. Bruce Cassidy had said that it was almost locked up for Khudobin at the start of the preseason, but after seeing Subban’s latest results, he has made a case for himself. It’s still up in the air at the moment, as the Bruins haven’t sent either down. As for Zane McIntyre, he was 1-1 after playing in two games. A team-high goals-against average and a team-low save percentage sent him back to Providence early, where he split starts with Subban last year. I expect one of them to make the jump to the NHL in the next two years.

Upcoming Season

The Bruins look primed for another playoff year. With the emergence of many young players in the minors that will be looked upon to fill in roster spots when there are injuries and the few additions they made in the offseason, the Bruins have a solid roster up and down. I believe that the Bruins will make the playoffs, and depending on what seed they fall into, potentially can make it to the second round. With the roster they have and the way they play, there should be no reason for them not to have a shot at the Cup.

The Bruins play their home opener on Thursday, Oct. 5th at 7pm against the Nashville Predators.

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Bruins Dunham Hire Not A Mystery Anymore

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By: Mark Allred                             Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Earlier this week the Boston Bruins held a press conference to announce a few organizational hires with one being the addition of Goaltending Coach Mike Dunham to oversee the netminding situations throughout the organization as a member of the developmental staff. With days of heavy speculation of what Dunham’s actual job is going to entitle and the rumors of the B’s moving on from current Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa who’ll be with the team for his 15th year this upcoming season, CBS Boston Bruins Writer Matt Kalman shed some like many with his explanation of how things are going to work moving forward.


In Matt’s article which was published yesterday, he said Mike Dunham was announced as the new coach by general manager Don Sweeney on Monday. In a position many teams have created over the past several seasons, Dunham’s going to work with goaltenders throughout the organization in Boston, Providence and beyond”.

Also mentioned in Kalman’s article was the increased hires of Goaltender Development Coaches in the past few seasons and while I believe this is a positive move to get younger netminders the proper tutelage in their progression to the National Hockey League but was disappointed to see the end of the hyper linked quote above with the news that Dunham will help the Boston goalies, Providence and beyond.  What I’m getting at here is he’s not going to be a permanent fixture with the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins where his mentorship on a full-time basis is sorely needed.


Before the announcement of the new hires, current Goaltending Coach Essensa would spend a majority of his time with the NHL Bruins and when team travel and close proximities to Providence, Rhode Island allowed him to go to Providence to work with the top minor-pro goalies, he would. For myself and many Baby B’s fans, I thought the hire was for him to work completely in the AHL but the sounds of it, he’s going to float around which is a bit concerning to me and those who pay close attention to the pro affiliate on a regular basis.

So does this raise the questions of how the Bruins developing netminders would perform with a full-time coach?  Could’ve Zane McIntyre had a better rookie season in the AHL before his emergence as the top AHL goaltender last season? What about the 2012 first round pick for the B’s Malcolm Subban and his up and down three year’s with the organization? At this point, it’s hard to say how a young player grasps the knowledge from former professional players and how they perform while struggling but I’m going to go out on a line with my unprofessional opinion and say that they could’ve benefited greatly with a trusted coach always around under any circumstances.


Let the past be the past I guess, but now as B’s fan, we can look forward to the help a man like Dunham can do with a player like Dan Vladar who was selected in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and 2017 fourth round selection Jeremy Swayman. Vladar just finished a decent first year of professional hockey, and with the signings of McIntyre and Subban, the big, athletic netminder will most likely return to the East Coast Hockey League Atlanta Gladiators. Swayman played in the United State Hockey League last year and is committed to play at the University of Maine in the fall.

Between meeting up with Boston, Providence, Atlanta, and now Maine, Dunham is certainly going to get a lot of travel time to prepare the future in the crease for the Boston Bruins but a permanent coaching position should become available in a league that transitions players to the highest level and in my opinion with the limited NHL games played between McIntyre and Subban it’s clear they weren’t ready with neither of them gaining a win in combined efforts.