The 2011 Boston Bruins: Where Are They Now?

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By: Patrick Donnelly | Follow me on Twitter @PatDonn12

No one will ever forget what the 2010-11 Boston Bruins did for the City of Boston, bringing the Stanley Cup back home for the first time in 39 years and keeping the city’s storied legacy alive. While roster turnover is certainly not unexpected, it is still amazing to see just how much the composition of the Bruins has changed in the eight years since June 15, 2011.

Currently, only six Bruins were on the roster in 2011: Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, and Steven Kampfer (who was technically a “Black Ace” during the Cup run). So, what ever happened to the others, the guys who have since left one way or another?

Tyler Seguin

Getting this one out of the way early; you all know the story. Seguin went on to play two more seasons for the Bruins after winning Lord Stanley as a rookie. However, after some growing pains and a disappointing 2013 season, he was traded to the Dallas Stars along with Rich Peverley and Ryan Button for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow, and Matt Fraser. Now 27 years-old, Seguin is still one of the key cogs for Dallas as the Stars’ top center.

Rich Peverley

One of the more important players for the Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Peverley was shipped out with Seguin in the aforementioned deal above. The now 36-year-old would only play 62 games for the Stars before a scary incident on the bench in which he collapsed due to an irregular heartbeat during a game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets ended his season. The cardiac issue forced Peverley to hang up the skates, but he is still involved with the Stars as a player development coordinator.

Mark Recchi

Recchi went out on top with three Cups to his name between Pittsburgh, Carolina, and Boston as his final professional game came in that Game Seven in Vancouver. Now 51, Recchi spent a year with the Stars as a consultant in 2013, before returning to the Penguins as a player development coach; he was later named director of player development. He is now an assistant coach to Mike Sullivan. Recchi also co-owns the Kamloops Blazers along with Jarome Iginla, Darryl Sidor, Shane Doan, and Stars owner Tom Galgardi.

Chris Kelly

A foot soldier for the Bruins, Kelly played five more seasons before both sides parted ways after he broke his femur. He signed with his former team, the Ottawa Senators and played one season for the club. After his second stint with the Sens, Kelly signed a professional tryout with the Edmonton Oilers, was not offered a deal, and joined the Belleville Senators, Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, on a PTO. Kelly represented Team Canada at the 2017 Spengler Cup, which they won, and rejoined Belleville before representing Canada as captain at the 2018 Winter Olympics. After the Olympics, the 38-year-old signed with the Anaheim Ducks for the remainder of the season. Now, he is with the Sens once again as a development coach.

Nathan Horton

One of the 2011 Cup run’s heroes, Horton opted to sign with Columbus after the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign. Out until January of 2014 due to shoulder surgery, Horton only suited up in 36 games for the Blue Jackets before he was diagnosed with a degenerative back condition in the lumbar region in October 2014 that ended his season and his career, unofficially. On long-term injured reserve, he was traded to the Maple Leafs due to financial considerations for David Clarkson in 2015. The 33-year-old has yet to play a game for the Leafs and is not expected to play one, although he has taken his physical with the team before each season, failing it each time.

Milan Lucic

“Looch” was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in June of 2015 for Colin Miller, Martin Jones, and the 13th-overall pick (Jakob Zboril). In one season with LA, Lucic scored 20 goals and 55 points, which earned him a seven-year, $42-million deal with the Oilers in the summer of 2016.

Michael Ryder

The winger signed with Dallas in the summer of 2011 after his three-year stint with the Bruins ended with winning the Stanley Cup. During his second year in Dallas in 2013, Ryder was traded to the Montreal Canadiens, where he began his career. After his second run in Montreal, the now 39-year-old signed a two-year deal with the New Jersey Devils, where he finished his career.

Dennis Seidenberg

Seidenberg was bought out by the Bruins at the end of the 2016 campaign after age and tearing both his ACL and MCL in 2013 showed their effects. Now 37 years-old, the German signed a one-year deal with the New York Islanders for the 2016-17 season, and signed another one-year deal for the 2017-18 run. A free agent for most of the 2018-19 season, Seidenberg signed with the Isles in February for the remainder of the 2019 season, but didn’t suit up in a game.

Tomas Kaberle

After arriving to Boston via trade at the deadline in 2011, Kaberle signed for three years with the Hurricanes in the 2011 offseason. In December of 2011, Kaberle was traded to the Habs. In 2013, the Czech native only appeared in 10 games for the Habs and was released via compliance buyout in the off-season. Kaberle signed with his hometown club, HC Kladano–he played there during the 2013 lockout–in September 2013. He was invited to training camp with the Devils in September 2014, but was released before a cup of tea with the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL; he returned to HC Kladano that season as well. In 2016, Kaberle officially retired.

Andrew Ference

In July 2013, Ference signed with the Oilers, his hometown team, and was named the franchise’s 14th captain. Six games into the 2015-16 campaign, Ference was placed on injured reserve after season-ending hip surgery. In 2016, he announced his retirement before officially retiring in the 2017 offseason once his contract ran out. In 2018, the NHL named Ference its first director of social impact, growth, and fan development; he focuses on grass-roots growth, community development efforts, engaging minority fans and players, and facilitating relations between players and the league.

Johnny Boychuk

Boychuk remained with the Bruins until September 2014 when he became one of the first cap casualties of the Peter Chiarelli era as he was dealt to the New York Islanders for two second-round draft picks–one in 2015 (Brandon Carlo) and the other in 2016 (Ryan Lindgren). The 35-year-old signed a seven-year extension with the Isles in March 2015.

Daniel Paille

After he and the Bruins parted ways in the 2015 offseason, Paille was invited to training camp with the Chicago Blackhawks before joining their AHL-affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs on a PTO. One-third of Boston’s storied “Merlot Line,” Paille signed with the New York Rangers in the 2015-16 season and finished that year bouncing between the Blueshirts and AHL Hartford. Before retiring in 2017, Paille spent one season with Brynas IF of the Swedish Hockey League.

Gregory Campbell

Another third of the “Merlot Line,” Campbell signed with Columbus as a free agent in 2015 after five seasons with the Bruins. “Soupy” was placed on unconditional waivers by the Blue Jackets in December 2016, but was unwilling to play in the organizations minor league system. He officially retired in July 2017.

Adam McQuaid

After nine seasons with the Bruins, McQuaid was traded to the Rangers in September 2018 for Steven Kampfer, a 2019 fourth-rounder, and a conditional seventh-round pick. After 36 games with the Rangers, McQuaid was traded to the Blue Jackets at the deadline as a rental to bolster their depth for the playoffs; he’ll be a free agent this summer.

Shawn Thornton

After the 2013-14 season, the Bruins did not re-sign Thornton, who signed with the Florida Panthers for two years. After his contract ran out in 2016, the third member of the “Merlot Line” signed for one more year. Thornton retired at the end of the 2017 season and joined the Panthers’ front office in a business-related position.

Tim Thomas

A member of Boston hockey lore, Thomas’ 2011 run was one for the ages. After the Bruins were eliminated in the first round of the 2012 playoffs, Thomas announced that he would be taking a break from hockey, sitting out the 2013 season. In February 2013, Thomas was traded to the Islanders for a conditional second-rounder after the Bruins suspended him for not reporting to training camp; he sat out the remainder of his contract. In September 2014, the Panthers invited Thomas to training camp and he signed a one-year deal with the club; he was later traded dealt to Dallas where he finished his career.

“Sheriff” Shane Hnidy

Although his name does not appear on Lord Stanley, Hnidy received a ring and a day with the Cup. His three games in the 2011 campaign were his last in the NHL. Now, he is the color commentator on the Vegas Golden Knights television broadcasts alongside former radio play-by-play man for the Bruins, Dave Goucher.

Bruins Don Sweeney’s Trade History: Graded

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By: Lucas Pearson  |  Follow Me On Twitter @lucaspearson_

With the trade deadline looming and all of the trade talk lately, I thought it would be interesting to look back at all of the trades Bruins GM Don Sweeney has made. There’s been a lot of hate towards Sweeney’s ability to make trades, some of it is warranted, some of it is not. Here’s my attempt at grading all of Don’s trades.

Side note: I won’t be going in depth with who the other teams drafted with the picks the B’s gave up because who knows if the Bruins would’ve drafted them. Also, I’ll only briefly go over who the Bruins drafted – I’ll go more in depth in another article soon, stay tuned.

Boston receives: 2016 6th round pick (Oskar Steen)

Colorado receives: UFA rights of Carl Soderberg

Grade: A

Nothing wrong with this trade. At the time, Soderberg was going to get a hefty raise, and the Bruins seemed unlikely to resign him with promising replacements in the system to fill out the 3C position in Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev. Soderberg ended up getting paid and signed a hefty 5 year, $23.750 contract with the Avalanche.

Boston receives: 2015 1st rounder (Zachary Senyshyn), 2015 2nd rounder (Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson), 2015 2nd rounder (Jeremy Lauzon)

Calgary receives: RFA rights of Dougie Hamilton

Grade: B-

There are a couple of things to take into account with this trade. One is the fact that Hamilton didn’t want to play in Boston, so the Bruins didn’t have a ton of leverage in the situation. The other is that Hamilton was a key piece in getting Noah Hanafin, who was someone the Bruins tried hard to move up in the 2015 draft for. With that being said, all of the pieces the Bruins have gotten have looked promising. Senyshyn is taking major strides in the AHL and looks to be NHL ready very soon. JFK and Lauzon have both already showcased their skills with Boston and look to have bright futures.

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Boston Receives: Martin Jones, Colin Miller, 2015 1st rounder (Jakub Zboril)

Los Angeles receives: Milan Lucic

Grade: A+

As much of a fan favorite Lucic was, it was time to let the big power-forward go. Entering the last year of his deal, the Bruins wanted to get younger and not pay him the insane amount Edmonton ended up giving him. Colin Miller put together a few good seasons in black and gold until he was taken by Vegas in the expansion draft. The pick they acquired was used on Zboril (could’ve drafted someone else but the value of that pick was still high) who still has the potential to be a top 4 D-man in the NHL. They then flipped Martin Jones for the package of…

Boston receives: Sean Kuraly, 2016 1st rounder (Trent Frederic)

San Jose receives: Martin Jones

Grade: B+

The toughest thing about this trade saw Jones help his team get to the Stanley Cup Finals his first year with the Sharks. However, Jones’ biggest role (if he stayed with the Bruins) would’ve been a really good backup. What the Bruins received for Jones was pretty consistent with what a lot of other fringe-starter/ starting goalies prices around the time. The Flames traded a 2nd and 3rd rounder for Brian Elliot, the Sabres gave up a 1st for Robin Lehner and a year after these trade, the Ducks traded Frederick Anderson for a 1st and a 2nd.

Boston receives: Zac Rinaldo

Philadelphia receives: 2017 3rd round pick (Kirill Ustimenko)

Grade: F

Yea, not sure what Sweeney was thinking here. The previous season Rinaldo had a grand total of one goal in 58 games. I understand that Sweeney wanted to bring back the “Big Bad Bruins” play style and a 3rd round pick isn’t a guarantee to be an NHL player, but you’d think they could’ve acquired him for a 7th rounder or something. Rinaldo went on to play 52 games and had a single goal before getting put on waivers and, unsurprisingly, wasn’t claimed.

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Boston receives: Jimmy Hayes

Florida receives: Reilly Smith, Marc Savard

Grade: D-

So unlike the trade above, there are some aspects of the trade the Bruins benefit in. Shedding Marc Savard’s salary was a big win, it allowed them to go out and get a big free agent (that free agent was Matt Beleskey, but it was the idea that we’re grading) Smith was receiving $3.425 million a year and Hayes just signed a deal paying him $2.3 million annually so again, cap space. The positives end there. After two very rough seasons with the Bruins, Hayes was bought out. Smith, on the other hand, averaged over 40 points in his two seasons in Florida and had a career year in Vegas, totaling 60 points in just 67 games. Not to mention being above a point-per-game in the Golden Knights Stanley Cup appearance. Now wouldn’t that just be a perfect fix to all of the top 6 problems the Bruins have…

Boston receives: Lee Stempniak

New Jersey receives: 2017 2nd rounder (Mario Ferarro), 2016 4th rounder (Evan Cormier)

Grade: C

Now Stempniak wasn’t bad for the Bruins by any means, he had 10 points in his 19 games to end the season with the B’s. It, unfortunately, was not enough to squeeze into the playoffs which is the biggest reason this trade isn’t any higher. The thing that makes me wince with this trade is that Stempniak was a PTO at the beginning of the year so essentially the Devils got two free picks. A little ironic that the New York native has been on PTO for the entire year for the Bruins now. Although it wasn’t a huge overpayment, it all just seemed a bit much for a guy like Stempniak.

Boston receives: John-Michael Liles

Carolina receives:2016 3rd round pick (Jack LaFontaine), 2017 5th round pick (Jack Dugan)

Grade: C+

Similar to the trade above, Liles played well down the stretch for Boston. The difference between the two is that Liles ended up having some longevity as a Bruin. He signed a one year, $2 M deal and helped the Bruins reach the playoffs and continued to help their injury stricken D-core in the playoffs against Ottawa.

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Boston receives: Drew Stafford

Winnipeg receives: 2018 5th rounder (Declan Chisholm)

Grade: B+

A really cheap option who was able to fill in anywhere in the lineup. It was the perfect opportunity to buy-low, coming off of a 20 goal season, Stafford was struggling prior to his move to Boston. He had four goals and eight points down the stretch and scored a couple big goals in that year’s playoffs.  Giving up a 5th rounder for that is a big win in my books.

Boston receives: Nick Holden

New York (Rangers) receive: Rob O’Gara, 2018 3rd rounder (Joey Keane)

Grade: C

The price wasn’t anything too crazy. O’Gara didn’t have a future in Boston with the plethora of D prospects coming up the pipeline. He and a 3rd isn’t a terrible price to pay for a 6th/7th D who came in and did exactly what he was supposed to do. Holden was solid and played a couple games in the playoffs. He went on to sign with Vegas in the off-season.

Boston receives: 2018 3rd round pick (Jakub Lauko)

Florida receives: Frank Vatrano

Grade: C

This one is tough to grade. At the time of the trade, Vatrano wasn’t even cracking the Bruins lineup. Rather than stunt his development in the AHL and ruin the trade value he had, the Bruins decided to get what they could for him. It ended up being the change of scenery the University of Massachusetts product needed. He’s excelled this year, already setting career highs for goals (16) and points (27). The good news is Lauko is progressing well and looks to be a future NHLer. You can’t really knock Sweeney for moving him, but it’s interesting to wonder if he would be playing just as good if he stayed in Boston this year.

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Boston receives: Rick Nash

New York (Rangers) receive: Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey (50% retained), Ryan Lindgren, 2018 1st rounder (Jacob Bernard-Docker)

Grade:C-

Now, from what I’ve heard, the plan for Rick Nash wasn’t just a rental. His concussion at the end of last year really ruined his stint with the Bs. Maybe if he’s not concussed, he’s able to find more consistency in his game and with his linemates, and they end up making a better run in the playoffs, who knows. But since none of that actually happened and Nash ended up calling it a career due to his concussion history, this trade isn’t all too great.

The Bruins got rid of half of Beleskey’s cap which was nice but traded Spooner when he was arguably playing the best hockey of his career. Ryan Lindgren isn’t a huge loss due to the sheer amount of defensive prospects the Bruins have but still, the former 2nd rounder projects to be a solid top 4 D in the future. A 1st round pick is pretty standard for deadline deals, but you’d think that if Evander Kane, a similar player to Nash, was only dealt for a 1st, 4th and a depth prospect, maybe Sweeney could’ve managed his assets a little better

Boston receives: Tommy Wingels

Chicago receives: 2019 conditional 5th rounder 

Grade: C

A similar trade to the Stafford one, Wingels had a couple of really solid seasons in San Jose trailed off in production. Despite the dip in production, Wingels still brought a lot of physicality in the bottom 6 which is why the Bruins acquired him. He played pretty well when he was asked to step in.

Boston receives: Steven Kampfer, 2019 4th rounder, conditional 2019 7th rounder

New York (Rangers) receive: Adam Mcquaid

Grade: B+

I’ve seen a lot of people complain about this trade, but I honestly don’t know what the problem with it is. Mcquaid is no better than the other seven D on the roster, and even though Kampfer has only played in games due to injuries to the rest of the defense, he STILL has more games played than Mcquaid because of his injuries. Freeing up cap, getting a few picks and a serviceable replacement for an 8th D is a good deal in my books

So Sweeney has clearly made quite a few great trades that really benefit the Bruins. He’s also made quite a few shaky ones. Obviously, all the trades had different lasting effects and values, but if you were wondering, Sweeney’s average grade was in between a C+ and a B- which isn’t far off of what I would give him as a whole. I’ll be grading more of Sweeney’s moves as a GM so get ready for that.

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The Garden’s Best: The Bruins Gallery Gods

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By Danae Angiulo | Follow me on Twitter @DanaeAngiulo3

Recognized as one of the fiercest fan bases of any NHL team, the Gallery Gods of the Boston Garden dominated the ‘nosebleed’ section for decades.

As you travel around Boston Garden on a night where the Bruins are set to drop the puck, you hear many terms coming from black and gold clad fans. One interesting term you may hear is the “Gallery Gods.” After hearing someone say Gallery Gods, you may be wondering who or what that means. Well, look no further.

Longtime Bruins fan, Roger Naples founded the Galley Gods after he was befriended by Bruins players outside of the Garden, inviting him into the locker room and gifting him with sticks and uniform equipment. From that point on, Naples appreciated his friends and the organization so much so, that he dedicated his life to ensuring the Big Bad Bruins would have a fan section to match their nickname.

 

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The Gallery Gods found their home in the second balcony of the old Boston Garden watching their team on high and sending their cheers around every section in the arena. Some even say you could feel the walls and seats vibrate when they roared. Most Gallery God seats were passed down through family generations, making this fanbase truly “family.” The motto of the gallery gods was “Trumpets, ruckus cheering and knowledge of hockey present day and history. From on high in the heavens what we consider the best seat in the house”.

Speaking to Caesar Angiulo, a former Gallery God from 1970 to 1987; he noted that Naples was still president of the famed fan section and welcomed new members with loving arms. Angiulo reflected on how the Gallery Gods had a clear view of the ice that looked better than anything seen on TV. Angiulo mentioned that his seats were passed down to him from his hockey coach, whose son sat beside him in section 135 AA, hanging over the attack zone blue line. “You were really a part of a second family once you became a Gallery God.” Angiulo also talked about how every season, the Gallery Gods would hold a banquet and it was deemed mandatory for every Bruins rookie to attend and be unofficially “blessed by the Gods.”

Roger Naples ended his Gallery God reign in 2015 with a bang as he watched his last game in the Garden with his family, relatives of former Bruins and Bruins legends. Naples was brought on the ice to honor Milan Lucic with the Eddie Shore Award, an award founded by the Gallery Gods themselves and given to a player who demonstrates great hustle and determination. Sadly, Roger Naples passed away at the age of 97 in 2017. One thing is for sure though, the mark Naples left on the Bruins fanbase will be remembered for generations to come.

Bruins Game 4 Preview: Edmonton Oilers

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By: Drew Johnson | Follow Me On Twitter: @doobshmoob

The Boston Bruins will take on the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. The unpredictable Oilers finished the 2017-18 season with a 36-40-6 record. They have the ability to become lethal with players like Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl but also fail to string wins together consistently. The Bruins will soon see which version of the Oilers they are forced to face.

Edmonton is 0-1-0 after losing 5-2 to the New Jersey Devils in their opening match of the season in Sweden. Meanwhile, the Bruins have rebounded from a disappointing opening night and battled back to a 2-1-0 record.

Who’s Hot?

The Bruins’ first line has been something to marvel at. Patrice Bergeron potted a hat trick on Monday in Boston’s home opener which turned out to be a historic night for the alternate captain. The three tallies brought him up to four goals and two assists through three games as he looks to break his 63 points in 64 games from last season. Bergeron is seven goals shy of 300 in his career and will likely break that threshold before his 1,000th career NHL appearance which, barring a serious injury, will come at some point this season.

Brad Marchand leads the Bruins in points with seven assists through the team’s first three games. He is still searching for his first goal of the season, but it’s nice to see the notorious winger’s play-making abilities are still very much alive. Marchand recorded 34 goals and 51 assists in just 68 games during the 2017-18 campaign. He could be well on his way to 100 points if he can stay out of the reach of injuries and suspensions.

David Pastrnak has three goals and two assists thus far. All but one of his five points have come at even strength, so it is likely the 22-year-old’s goal to contribute to Boston’s power play going forward. Pastrnak is just three goals shy of the 100th of his career and after Bergeron’s display against the Ottawa Senators, a Pastrnak hat trick against the Oilers isn’t out of the question.

Connor McDavid is seemingly always on top of his game. He had two assists against the Devils in Edmonton’s opener but is still looking to notch his first goal of the season. McDavid has broken the 100-point threshold in both of his last two seasons and hasn’t failed in being a point-per-game player yet in his career. He has 258 points in 210 career NHL appearances entering play against Boston on Thursday night.

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Milan Lucic is also off to a good start. Playing alongside McDavid, the former Bruin registered a goal and an assist against the Devils and will undoubtedly look to add to his point total at TD Garden — a building in which he has seen much success. During his eight seasons with the Bruins, Lucic produced 342 points in 566 games while sitting in the penalty box for over 770 minutes. As an Oiler, the power forward has 34 goals, 52 assists, and 130 penalty minutes in 165 games.

Who’s Not?

David Krejci has struggled early in Boston’s 2018-19 campaign. He has just a single assist thus far and is working on breaking out of a slump that has plagued him since the 54 points he put up in the 2016-17 season. As Boston’s highest-paid player, the Bruins need more from their second-line center. In an effort to shake things up, Bruce Cassidy will be skating Joakim Nordstrom alongside Jake DeBrusk and Krejci on Thursday night.

Speaking of DeBrusk, the 21-year-old has failed to register a point yet this season. The Edmonton native will be facing his hometown team on Thursday night, which may spark something within the winger. DeBrusk tallied 16 goals and 27 assists last season, but the Bruins should be expecting a 20-goal season out of him this year. However, we’ve all heard of the sophomore slump, and DeBrusk will be desperately trying to avoid that fate. A point against the Oilers would be a good place to start.

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Oilers defenseman Matt Benning was a minus-3 against the Devils and will look to turn things around on Thursday. He trailed just Darnell Nurse (who was also a minus-3) and McDavid in ice time in Edmonton’s opener and will likely see a down-tick in his 21 minutes if he doesn’t show signs of improvement quickly.

Bruins vs. Oilers Outlook

The Bruins will certainly look to take advantage of the Benning and Nurse pair on Thursday who clearly struggled against the Devils. The Oilers’ top defensive unit will need to turn things around quickly if they expect to survive Boston’s first line in Bergeron, Marchand, and Pastrnak.

However, the Bruins’ depth has been missing through the team’s first three games of the season. They will surely need them to step up if they expect consistent success, and doing so against the Oilers would be a step in the right direction. They will certainly look to capitalize on a young defensive squad on Thursday.

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Jaroslav Halak will get the start against the Oilers. The Bruins’ backup netminder recorded a shutout against the Buffalo Sabres just one week ago and will look to improve upon a 1.30 GAA and .960 SV% on Thursday. Cam Talbot got the start against the Devils for Edmonton and is expected to get the start against Boston. It’s a good opportunity for the goaltender to redeem himself after giving up four goals on 26 shots in his first game of the season.

Overall, the Bruins are favorites for this matchup. They will undoubtedly be determined to build upon a stellar performance against the Senators. Meanwhile, the Oilers will be looking to right the ship and avoid a disappointing 0-2-0 start.

The Boston Bruins: A Beacon Of Hope And Strength In The Community

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By Jacob Albrecht | Follow me on Twitter @bruinsfan3725

The Boston Bruins have made their mark on the city of Boston and the New England region since their inception in 1924. The Spoked-B has become a symbol of strength and hope for many throughout the years through the many heroic feats of players, historic comebacks, improbable victories, unmatched perseverance, determination, and the ability to bring the community together in the wake of a tragedy.

The most recent and most memorable experience of this was in the immediacy of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. The Bruins were tasked with healing a heartbroken city, to give some form of normalcy during a time where nothing seemed normal. The first game after the Marathon was that Wednesday, April 17, 2013 against the Buffalo Sabres. The tribute put together, and the reaction and passion of the crowd was unmatched; the emotion could be felt through the TV.

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the next game on the 20th against the Pittsburgh Penguins. While neither games were won by the Bruins, the score was the last thing that mattered. Witnessing and being a part of the entire audience of 17,565 at the Garden singing the Star Spangled Banner was an experience like no other. It’s crazy to remember those moments were more than 5 years ago. The Boston Bruins brought the city back together, offered a distraction for a few hours and helped heal thousands of broken hearts.

It didn’t end just there, the magical season that was 2013 continued into the playoffs, most memorably with a stunning 3rd-period comeback victory in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Down 4-1 halfway through the 3rd, it was all but over, but the Bruins, much like the city of Boston, managed to rally to a 5-4 overtime win to move on to the next round.

It’s moments like those that demonstrate how important sports can be to a city and a region. One game, even just one moment, can stand as a beacon of strength, hope, and resiliency at a time when it’s needed most. The team as a whole and certain players, in particular, exemplify this to the extremes. During the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, Patrice Bergeron played the final game of the series in which the Bruins lost with a myriad of injuries. The laundry list of ailments included a broken rib, separated shoulder, torn cartilage, and even a punctured lung. Other players have played with severe injuries over the years; Milan Lucic played with a broken foot in the 2011 playoffs, and Chris Kelly didn’t miss a beat after falling and smashing his face into the goalpost against Montreal that same year. Those feats of strength and performance alone serves as a reminder to keep fighting against all the odds no matter how beat up and torn down you’ve been.

The Bruins have served as a personal inspiration for many. It becomes a safe space, a community that provides an incredibly powerful sense of belonging, camaraderie, and resiliency. If it weren’t for the Bruins and the effect they’ve had on my life, I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today, and that I will forever be thankful for.

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Nothing can match the electrifying, frenetic, intense atmosphere of the Garden during a playoff game (pictured above). Being there for Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs this year on April 25, was a perfect example of the camaraderie, passion, and intensity of the Bruins community and fanbase. It’s a moment I’d kill to go back to and live through over and over and over again. The Boston Bruins have provided a massive, yet tight-knit community in Boston, New England, and even around the world for nearly a century, and it’s only growing and getting stronger. So to the Boston Bruins, thank you, for everything you do.

Early Predictions For The Bruins First 5 Games

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By: Chris Greene  |  Follow me on Twitter @cgreenesports

If you’re like me — obsessing over the 2018-19 schedule as a result of severe hockey withdrawal — then you’ll know that the NHL season is finally on the horizon. The Bruins poor start to last season has been well documented. Fortunately, they eventually found their groove and had a great campaign, finishing second in the Atlantic Division. What can we expect from the Black and Gold this October? Strap in while I consult my crystal ball and give my pre-pre-season (see what I did there?) predictions for the first 5 games.

In recent history, the Bruins haven’t had any blockbuster starts. In the first 5 games of the last 5 seasons (2013-14 to 2017-18), the Bruins have gone 3-2, 2-3, 2-3, 3-2 and 2-3. Reasonably consistent results, but consistently average. Last season the Bruins finished second in the Atlantic Division by a single point, a slightly better start could have made all the difference at the end of the regular season. I’m in no way criticizing the team’s efforts last season, just highlighting the small margins in a very competitive division.

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The Bruins will start the season on the road against reigning Stanley Cup champions, The Washington Capitals. Interestingly, the Bruins have fared well in game 1 of the last 5 seasons, boasting a 4-1 record. The Capitals are still riding the wave of their first Stanley Cup win, so facing them at The Capital One Arena will not be easy. The Washington roster is almost the exact same as it was last year, though they have a new head coach, Todd Rierden, so it will be interesting to see what changes he implements. I’m expecting this matchup to be a tough test and won’t be upset if the Bruins don’t win this one.

After facing Washington, the Bruins head to Western New York to take on the Buffalo Sabres. Back-to-back road games are always tricky, especially so early in the season. Jason Botterill, the Sabres GM, has had a hectic offseason and is rebuilding this team around the No. 1 overall pick, Rasmus Dahlin. The Buffalo roster looks more fresh and hungrier than last year with a wealth of young talent. I think they will be a tougher opponent for the Bruins this season, but given the lack of experience on their roster and limited time for the team to jell, Boston has an opportunity for a good result here.

Game 3 sees the Bruins face off against the Ottawa Senators in the first of three home games at TD Garden. Last season was Ottawa’s worst in 22 years — they were a far cry from the team that sent the Bruins packing in the 2016-17 playoffs. With rumors of issues among the squad and uncertainty surrounding the future of current captain, Erik Karlsson, the Senators are approaching the new season with more issues than just poor results. It’s important for the Bruins to get the stint of home games off to a good start and for me there’s only one result here, a win for Boston.

The second game at TD Garden sees the Edmonton Oilers come to town. Last season they underwhelming despite having the league’s top scorer, Connor McDavid. The Oilers have reshuffled their coaching staff in an attempt to get more production from their roster, particularly former Bruin, Milan Lucic, who they’ve invested a lot in. The Oilers are a threat offensively, but they’ve had a quiet offseason regarding player recruitment, I think The Bruins can exploit their defensive frailty and get a comfortable win.

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The Detroit Red Wings will be Boston’s fifth opponent of the season. Another team that struggled last year (28th in goals per game and 24th in goals against), like the Sabres, they find themselves in the midst of a rebuild. The Red Wings didn’t make any significant changes in the offseason and they’ll be heading into the season with low expectations. I’m excited to see what young forward Filip Zadina will bring to the NHL, but I think Detroit needs to improve defensively before they are able to compete in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins will be confident heading into this game, and I expect them to come out on top as winners.

The pessimist in me says that the Bruins will repeat history and finish the first 5 games with a 3-2 record, but I’m feeling bold, and if this team can build on what we saw last year, I think they can go a step further and be 4-1. The players will be desperate to put the playoff defeats behind them and start the season strongly in what promises to be a difficult Atlantic Division. The results remain to be seen, but I’d love to hear your predictions in the comments.

Boston Bruins: The Origin Of The Core

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj

Every professional team in any sport has a group of players on their roster that is named the “core” of the team. The National Hockey League is no different and for a veteran organization like the Boston Bruins, the core is arguably the best group of players on the team. The core of a team normally remains intact until they retire. Very rarely do you see or hear about a trade involving a core player of the team.

If someone asks, “Who is the core of the current Boston Bruins?” it would not be too difficult to reply. Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, and Tuukka Rask are just the most common names that come up. Recently, however, names like David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, and Jake DeBrusk have been added to the mix of near-untouchable players on the Bruins roster.

Between the years of 2008 and 2014, the core of the Boston Bruins was a threat every time they took the ice, and the entire league knew about each and every one of those core players. A Stanley Cup win in 2011, a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2013, a President’s Trophy in 2014, and six straight Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, (seven when including the 2007-08 season) had the Bruins well known. Unlike some teams, the core of the Boston Bruins for that near-half-decade were not all “good players.”

Of course, guys like Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci, Chara, and Rask were still there and striving, but the group was even larger than that. Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Nathan Horton, and Marc Savard had some important, franchise-changing moments throughout their time with the club, especially between ’08 and ’14. Moments such as these:

Nearly every Bruin fan is quite aware of these moments, especially due to the fact that they happened so recently in the history of the franchise. But not every one of these infamous moments came to the Bruins via the NHL Entry Draft. In fact, a few of the players mentioned below were traded for or signed in free agency.

The following players listed were considered a key part to the Bruins team between 2008-09 and 2013-14:

Patrice Bergeron

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Need I say anything else? Patrice Bergeron is a near-guaranteed Hockey Hall-of-Famer and will most likely have his No. 37 up in the rafters at TD Garden. His four career Frank J. Selke Trophies are tied with Canadiens legend Bob Gainey for most in NHL history.

Bergeron is only 37 games away from being the sixth Bruin of all-time to play in 1,000 career NHL regular season games, and he still shows great skill offensively and defensively at the age of 33. Bergeron scored 63 points in 64 games this past season while finishing as a finalist for the Selke (won by Kings forward Anze Kopitar).

There is no question that Bergeron was and still is an important player to the Boston Bruins organization, but his route to Boston is fairly unknown. Patrice was drafted the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins’ 45th overall selection. However, it was not just a normal pick for the Bruins.

According to Pro Sports Transactions, back in 2003, there was such a thing as unrestricted free agent compensation. Different players from across the league would be categorized into different groups with certain criteria to be included in that group. Going back even further, on November 15th, 2000, the Boston Bruins completed a trade that would send Bill Guerin to Boston while Anson Carter, a 2001 first-round pick (Ales Hemsky) and a 2001 second-round pick (Doug Lynch) would head to Edmonton.

Guerin would spend only two seasons in Boston, putting up 69-60-129 totals in 142 career games, as well as six points in as many playoff games for the team. However, the B’s would not re-sign Guerin when his contract expired in the 2002 offseason. Due to the UFA compensation rules and Bill Guerin being a Group III free agent, (age 31 or older with at least 4 years of NHL experience), the National Hockey League itself would have to give Boston a draft pick in the following draft.

Unlike in today’s NHL where, if an RFA signs with a new team, that new team has to hand over a draft pick to the original team, the league itself had to fork over the draft pick instead. The Bruins would be awarded the 45th overall pick, which became Patrice Bergeron.

Brad Marchand

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Did you know that Brad Marchand was nearly an Arizona Coyote AND a New York Islander?

The back-to-back 80+-point scorer clearly has made a name for himself in this league and not always because of his goal-scoring talent. Marchand is commonly hated throughout the league and for Bruins fans, we expect a suspension or a fine at some point during the season, especially over the past 2-3 years.

However, Marchand was pretty much forced to use the feisty style of hockey early on his career in order to become a regular member on the Bruins roster. Brad was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft following a decent season with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.

Once again according to Pro Sports Transactions, the 71st overall pick that eventually became Brad Marchand was originally owned by the Arizona (then Pheonix) Coyotes. On March 9th, 2006, the Coyotes traded the 71st overall pick to the New York Islanders for Oleg Kvasha and a conditional 2006 fifth-round pick.

Then on draft day, June 24th, 2006, the Islanders would move that third-round pick (#71) to the Bruins in exchange for the 98th overall pick (James Delory) and the 126th overall pick (Shane Sims). The Bruins clearly wanted Marchand and did not want to risk the wait.

Marchy went on to be one of the best players in the 2011 Stanley Cup run, scoring 19 points in the 25 playoff games that year.

David Krejci

David Krejci was one of the top players in the 2011 Cup run as well, leading the team with 23 points during the postseason. He has played all of his 769 career NHL games with the Boston Bruins and amassed 570 career points over that span.

Like the other key players already mentioned, Krejci was not just a simple draft selection by the Bruins in the 2004 NHL Draft. As per Pro Sports Transactions, the San Jose Sharks originally had the 63rd draft pick that the Bruins used to draft Krejci, but on June 26, 2004, the Bruins traded three picks (2004 3rd, 2004 4th, 2004 9th), for that pick.

In only his second full season in the NHL, Krejci scored a career-high 51 assists and 73 points in an 82-game season. Krejci also had a +37 rating in that 2008-09 campaign — truly solidifying his two-way game. He would follow up with a 52-point year in 2009-10 and a 62-point year in 2010-11. Krejci’s 12 goals, 4 game-winning goals, and 23 points in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs lead the NHL.

Recently, Krejci has found chemistry with Jake DeBrusk on his left-wing, scoring 44 points in 64 games.

Marc Savard

Marc Savard was one of those players that were loved greatly while in Boston. He played the final five seasons of his NHL career in Boston, playing in a Black N’ Gold sweater more than any other team in the league. From 2006-07 to 2008-09, Savard scored 62-200-262 totals in only 238 regular season games — one of the best scorers in the league at that time.

Savard’s best year came in the 2006-07 season, his first as a Bruin, where he scored 22 goals and added 74 assists for 96 points. His 74 assists were the third-most in the entire league that season. While his success was incredible during the first 3 years in Boston, the dreaded injuries started to pile up.

Seven games into the 2009-10 season, Savard blocked a shot that broke his foot during a game. He was placed on long-term injured reserve on the Oct. 21, 2009. After returning to the lineup, Savard and the Bruins agreed to a 7-year deal worth $28.05 million. Unfortunately, only 28 seconds into a January 7, 2010 game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Savard collided with Jonathon Toews, giving him a minor MCL tear in his right knee.

Following two concussions in the next 10 months, Savard was told by Bruins management to take the year off. Turns out, he would not play another NHL game again. GM at the time Peter Chiarelli and the rest of the Bruins petitioned to get Savard’s name on the Stanley Cup, even though he failed to play a single game in the ’11 Playoffs.

All that was because of the 2006 offseason, when the Boston Bruins signed Savard to a four-year, $20 million contract.

Milan Lucic

During his prime, Milan Lucic was a force to be reckoned with. At 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds, Lucic was a wrecking ball on skates and it was often hard to knock him off his feet. Just his presence alone made opposing players think twice about hitting the best player on the Bruins roster.

In only his second NHL season (2008-09), Lucic finished first on the team and sixth in the entire league for most hits landed with 256. Lucic made an impact on the Bruins roster, but he wasn’t a grinder or enforcer-type hitter. Like Cam Neely in a way, Lucic could be considered a power-forward — a physical player who can put up some decent numbers offensively as well.

In the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons combined, Lucic laid 368 hits as well as 65-67-123 totals. Lucic often found his home alongside David Krejci but could be a versatile winger. Milan made some big plays in the 2011 Stanley Cup run with the Bruins as well as in the Game 7 comeback against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The intimidation factor alone made Lucic a great player for the Bruins organization at the time of the best success in recent B’s history.

We know today that Lucic plays with Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, but at the beginning of his career, before he was even drafted, Lucic could have very well been an Oiler. On March 9, 2006, the Bruins traded former No. 8 overall pick Sergei Samsonov to Edmonton for Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny, and a 2006 second-round pick that turned out to be 50th overall. The Bruins used that selection to draft the Vancouver native.

Zdeno Chara

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Captain Zdeno Chara is easily a future Hall-of-Famer and will have his number retired one day to be remembered with the best to wear the Spoked B. Similar to Lucic, Chara brings a physical style that is quite difficult to match — mainly due to his 7-foot tall frame on skates and the workout intensity that few players can replicate.

Chara has been a Bruin captain since joining the team back in 2006, the same year Savard came to town and the same year Lucic and Marchand were drafted. The acquisitions of both Chara and Savard proved to not only the players but most importantly the fans of Boston that the Bruins organization was not okay with losing. The season prior to the ’06 offseason, Boston finished dead-last in the Northeast division with a 29-37-16 record.

Chara came into the picture and impressed everyone. His physicality in addition to his on-ice skill made his captaincy even more deserved. Since the Bruins signed Zdeno to the five-year, $37,500,000 contract in July of 2006, Chara has accomplished the following accolades.

  • 1x Stanley Cup (2011)
  • 1x James Norris Memorial Trophy (2008-2009)
  • 1x Mark Messier Leadership Award (2010-2011)
  • 3x NHL First All-Star Team (2003-04, 2008-09, 2013-14)
  • 4x NHL Second All-Star Team (2005-06, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12)
  • 5x All-Star Game Participant (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12)
  • 3x Golden Puck Winner as Best Slovakian Player (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12)
  • 2x Silver Medal at IIHF Men’s Ice Hockey World Championships with Slovakia (2000, 2012)
  • Hardest Slap Shot as of June 7, 2018 (108.8 mph set at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game)

Honorable Mentions

  • Goaltender Tuukka Rask has been the starting goaltender for the Bruins since the 2013-14 season. He was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goaltender Andrew Raycroft in June 2006.
  • Forward Shawn Thornton brought grit and toughness to the Bruins bottom-six. Thornton was signed by Boston in July 2007.
  • Nathan Horton scored clutch, game-winning goals all throughout the 2011 Stanley Cup win with the Bruins. Horton was traded to Boston along with Gregory Campbell in exchange for Dennis Wideman, a 2010 first-round pick, and a 2011 third-round pick.
  • Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg brought some underrated defense alongside Zdeno Chara. The Bruins acquired him and Matt Bartkowski for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller, and a 2010 second-round pick.
  • Goaltender Tim Thomas led the Bruins in the net to the 2011 Cup, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. Thomas signed with the Bruins in August of 2002.

The Boston Bruins have had some great players in recent years and each and every one of them has had an impact on the organization. If I missed anyone or you would like to know more about a specific player, message me on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj.

Bruins Prospects: Trent Frederic Preparing For 2018-19 Season

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By: Max Mainville | Check me out on Twitter @tkdmaxbjj 

As the Boston Bruins prepare for the final offseason events and get ready for the upcoming 2018-2019 NHL regular season, the team’s AHL affiliate franchise, the Providence Bruins, are also getting ready for another season – especially some key young players. One of those young players is St. Louis, Missouri native, Trent Frederic.

Frederic was drafted twenty-ninth overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, but it was not just a simple draft pick for the B’s. On June 26th, 2015, the Boston Bruins traded long-time forward Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Martin Jones, defenceman Colin Miller, and the pick thirteen in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (Jakub Zboril).

However, it would not end there. Four days later after acquiring Martin Jones, the Bruins would trade the goalie to the San Jose Sharks, deciding on running with Tuukka Rask instead of Jones. Coming back to the Bruins from San Jose, forward Sean Kuraly and the Sharks’ first-round draft pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. The Sharks would make it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2016 but would fall short of the ultimate hockey trophy in a series loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

This would give the Bruins the 29th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, their second one of the opening round. Boston would select defenceman Charlie McAvoy with their first pick, so a forward near the end of the round would seem to be a solid draft for the Black and Gold. As we now know, Trent Frederic would be that 29th selection. But two years after the draft, is Frederic close to making the National Hockey League?

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In the 2016 NHL Final Central Scouting Rankings for North American Skaters and Goaltenders, Frederic was ranked down at the 49th overall pick, but the Bruins did not have a selection until pick forty-nine and did not want to risk losing out on the 6’3″ forward.

“We really needed a big centerman,” head of amateur scouting Keith Gretzky said. “At 29, we just said, ‘Hey, this is a guy that we really wanted,’ and we didn’t want to risk waiting until 49. It’s a need and we believe he’s going to play. Yeah, it’s high, but you take a chance. We believe in his ability. He’s going to a good school and a good program and he’s going to take some time.” Frederic will play for the University of Wisconsin in 2016-17. (Quote found from Boston Herald)

And just as the head of amateur scouting, Keith Gretzky stated, Frederic would indeed play the 2016-2017 campaign for the University of Wisconsin. In 30 games with the U of W, Frederic amounted fifteen goals and eighteen assists for thirty-three points. At season’s end, he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the first Wisconsin Badger to earn the honors since Dany Heatley in 1999-2000. Frederic also finished fourth among all college freshman in points-per-game, (1.18) and was second for most shorthanded goals on the season with five.

The performance impressed the Bruins management, as Gretzky would once again say in an article by the Boston Herald back in the Summer of 2017. 

“He plays top line at Wisconsin. … Obviously, time will tell what he’ll be in pro hockey but there’s more skill to his game than people thought coming out of the draft,” Bruins player development coordinator Jamie Langenbrunner said. The Bruins went off the board when they took Frederic but it looks like that might pay off for them in the end.

For the second-straight season, Frederic would play with the University of Wisconsin, scoring another thirty-two points in 36 games. Once his time with Wisconsin came to a close, the Bruins offered Trent a three-year, entry-level contract – allowing him to play with the Providence Bruins or the Boston Bruins. In addition, Frederic would join Providence for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign on an amateur tryout agreement.

Frederic played in only thirteen games with Boston’s AHL affiliate team, scoring five goals and eight points. However, his highlight performance of 2018 was during the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York. Although the United States lost the opportunity to play in the Gold Medal game following a 4-2 loss to Sweden in the Semi-Finals.

In the Bronze Medal game against the Czech Republic, the United States scored nine goals, four of which came off of Trent Frederic’s stick. His four goals in one game nearly set a new record for most goals by an American in a single World Junior Championships game. Wally Chapman (vs Switzerland 1984) and Chris Bourque (vs Norway in 2005) are the only Americans with more goals in a single game, scoring five.

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With the international success and the brief experience in the American Hockey League under his belt, Frederic could very well contend with a bigger role in Providence for the upcoming 2018-19 regular season. In an article published by Black N’ Gold Founder Mark Allred, Mark and Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast co-host, Josh Bemis discussed their Providence Bruins lineup predictions. It should be noted that Josh covers the Baby B’s on thesinbin.net website, a great site for minor-pro hockey news.

Bemis’s Roster Projections

Forwards

Cehlarik  –  Frederic  –   Szwarz

 Koppanen  –  Forsbacka-Karlsson  –  Bakos  /  Kuhlman

Gabrielle  –  Cave  –  Senyshyn

Blidh  –  Hughes  –  McNeil

Defense

Zboril  –  Goloubef

Lauzon  –  Clifton

Breen  –  Vaakanainen  /  Johansson

Goaltenders

Vladar

McIntyre

Allred’s Roster Projections

Forwards

Cehlarik  –  Forsbacka-Karlsson  –  Bakos / Szwarz

Koppanen  –  Frederic  –  Senyshyn

Gabrielle  –  Cave / Kuhlman  –  Fitzgerald

Blidh  –  Hughes  –  McNeil

Defense

Zboril  –  Clifton

Lauzon  –  Andersson /Johansson

Sherman  /  Vaakanainen  –  Goloubef  /  Breen

In both predictions, Frederic makes the top-six and while nothing is final of course, the thought of Frederic getting the ice-time going forward makes a lot of sense for not only him but the P-Bruins franchise. Providence is also looking to rebound after a tough first-round loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

At the current moment in time, the Boston Bruins have a solid amount of depth at the center position with the likes of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Ryan Donato, David Backes, and Sean Kuraly who already have spots on the NHL roster, as well as players like Jack Studnicka, Jakub Forsbacka-Karlsson, Oskar Steen, and Ryan Fitzgerald who are already in the system.

There is a chance that if Trent Frederic impresses this season, he could make the final cut in the years to come when it comes to the big show in Boston. Until then, he will look to have another solid season to add onto the already promising future.

One Time Bruin Jarome Iginla Hangs Up His Skates

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By Jacob Albrecht | Follow me on Twitter @bruinsfan3725

Jarome Iginla will be announcing his retirement from the NHL this coming Monday on July 30th, 2018. In his 20 NHL seasons, he played 16 of them with the Calgary Flames after being drafted 11th overall in 1995 by the Dallas Stars who then traded him to the Flames. Of the remaining 4 seasons, he’s played, one was with the Boston Bruins. Iginla was originally a trade target of the Bruins at the trade deadline in the lockout-shortened 2013 season but ended up in Pittsburgh instead. That summer he signed a one-year deal to wear the black and gold during 2013-2014.

The 6’1″, 210-pound winger was a perfect fit on David Krejci right side, with Milan Lucic riding the opposite side. As it was when Nathan Horton occupied that spot, having two big wingers flanking Krejci proved to be very effective, and Iginla did not disappoint. He lived up to his knack for putting up 30-goal seasons, totaling 30 goals and 31 assists for an impressive 61 points in his 17th NHL season. He continued his strong play into the playoffs, tallying 5 goals and 2 assists for 7 points in 12 games. Iginla quickly endeared himself in the hearts of Bruins fans with his gritty, physical play, starting off the season by dropping the gloves in the opener:

Not long after did he score his first goal wearing the Spoked-B, a few weeks later against the San Jose Sharks. A typical goal of Iginla; driving hard to the net, getting to the dirty areas, fighting for pucks and ultimately giving whatever it takes to light the lamp when the Bruins need it:

While Iginla’s stint with the Bruins may have been only a single season and fell short of the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup, it was without a doubt a great season and one that a lot of Bruins fans won’t soon forget. Jarome Iginla certainly showed himself worthy of the “once a Bruin, always a Bruin” moniker.

When it comes to the Hockey Hall of Fame, not many are as much of a sure-fire first-ballot inductee as Iginla. Throughout his 20 NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings, Iginla scored a whopping 625 goals and racked up 675 total assists for an even 1,300 points in 1,554 games played. He impressively scored 30 or more goals in 12 of his 20 NHL seasons, only 5 short of all-time leader Mike Gartner. His 625 goals tie him with Joe Sakic for 15th all-time and comes in at 13th all-time in games played. He won the Rocket Richard Trophy for the most goals in the NHL both in 2002 and 2004 with 52 and 44 goals, respectively. He also took home the Ted Lindsay Award for the best player as voted by members of the NHLPA in 2002 after a career-high, Art Ross-winning 96-point season. With those numbers and that amount of hardware, Jarome Iginla will undoubtedly be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame very shortly. Here’s the ultimate Calgary Flame’s 500th NHL goal;

In terms of his career specifically with the Flames, Iginla served as captain from 2003 to 2013 and led them to their strongest finish during his career, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 games in the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. His totals with the Flames are very impressive; 525 goals, 570 assists, and 1,095 points in 1,219 games played. He leads the franchise in goals, points, games played and sits behind Al MacInnis in assists.

It won’t be long before Jarome Iginla’s number 12 will be raised to the rafters in Calgary and he becomes immortalized in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Iginla will always be known as a great goal-scorer who played the game the right way, played it physically, and was one of the better leaders the NHL has ever known. Congratulations to Jarome Iginla on an absolutely fantastic and prolific 20-year NHL career, it was a privilege to have you wearing the Spoked-B even for just a single season.

Boston Bruins Need To Pass On Milan Lucic

 

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Milan Lucic #27 of the Edmonton Oilers falls to the ice after contact with Bobby Ryan #9 of the Ottawa Senators as teammate Filip Chlapik #78 looks on in the first period at Canadian Tire Centre on March 22, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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By: Andrew Thompson                                                                      Twitter: @Godwentwhoops

Former Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic is looking to leave Edmonton. Depending on the sources cited, Lucic wants another shot at the Cup and/or wants out of Canada. Former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has begun to shop around Lucic and his contract.

Who doesn’t remember that hit? When Jack Edwards said that hit would be on hockey highlight reels for a decade, he was right. That hit has ingrained itself into hockey history and it will certainly be a part of Lucic’s career highlight reel when he retires from the NHL.

Once again, the Boston media began sniffing around about bringing Lucic back to the TD Garden. So, should the Black and Gold welcome Milan Lucic back to Boston?

The Boston Bruins should look on that hit and Milan Lucic’s time in Boston with nostalgia. Then the Black and Gold should move on to better options in free agency.

Sure, there is interest in Lucic. He’s still a big body that can deliver punishing hits and could be a solid middle-six forward for the Black and Gold. But the Bruins already have that in David Backes (and there are rumors that the B’s are trying to get him out of Boston).

Well, it’s a complicated one obviously given the length of the contract,” offered NHL Insider Darren Dreger. “The worry, I suppose, from some that Milan Lucic can’t deliver in the capacity that he has historically. He’s not coming off a very solid year, but there’s interest in this player. I’ve spent enough time on this file over the last several days, I would say, to at least acknowledge that there’s interest in Milan Lucic.

“The problem though is, to your point, what’s the construction of a trade and what has to go out with Milan Lucic just to bait a team to take on that contract. I still believe he’s got game. He’s 30 years old, but you’ve got to be certain of that as an interested general manager because there is a pile of money – and it’s not just about the cap space. We know he’s a $6 million cap hit. We know that from a salary standpoint, Edmonton paid what – $8 million this past season, $7 million owing Lucic next year and then it drops to 6, then 4, then back up to 5, and then 4 in the final year of the deal – 2022-23.

Milan Lucic has begun to slow down. That’s bad enough in a league where the players keep getting faster every season.  He always seems to be two or three steps behind players like Connor McDavid, and he’d have trouble keeping up with the B’s speedier players.

His numbers have also fallen off. Lucic put up just 34 points (10 goals) for the Blue and Orange last season. He’s also had a very rough go of it since last Christmas. The B’s just can’t afford to that kind of money into a player that is having a Jimmy Hayes kind of season.

 

Once again, the Boston Bruins are hemmed in by cap space. The B’s have $7.4 million left and several forwards still unsigned. At this point, Reilly Nash is a better buy for Boston than Lucic. Nash’s contract will eventually end up at around $3 million, half the price of Lucic’s contract.

That six million dollar contract will be a tough sell for some organizations, and it will certainly make Don Sweeney think twice before agreeing to any kind of deal that brought Lucic back to Boston.

While free agency frenzy will surely grab a hold of the Bruins, there are better choices to be made with the money they have available.