BREAKING: Bruins Acquire Rick Nash From Rangers

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By: Lauren Campbell | Follow on Twitter: @lalalalaurrrren

Ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline, the Boston Bruins completed a blockbuster deal to acquire six-time All-Star forward Rick Nash from the New York Rangers.

In exchange for Nash, New York will get forwards Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner, defenseman Ryan Lindgren, a first-round 2018 draft pick and a seventh-round 2019 draft pick.


The Rangers will also retain 50 percent of Nash’s remaining salary. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

It was earlier this month that New York asked Nash for a  list of 12 teams he would allow himself to be traded to. He will be reunited with defenseman Nick Holden, who the Bruins acquired in a separate trade with the Rangers last week.

This is just the second time Nash has been traded in his career. After spending nine seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was traded to the Rangers during the 2012 offseason.

Nash has 18 goals on the season with 10 assists good for 28 points through 60 games.

Below is a video of exactly how new Bruin Rick Nash can play and what he could offer his new team for the rest of the season and presumably long Stanley Cup run in 2018

An Early Look at 2018 Free-Agency, And Who Could Be The Next Bruin


By Thomas Nyström | Follow on twitter @nahstrom

The front office of the Boston Bruins has shown that they have a strong grasp on the idea that the success of the franchise hinges on drafting and developing talent, retaining character individuals, and inserting capable veterans that fit their idea of roster needs with regards to maximizing roles. Part of that last bit comes with shrewd and thoughtful spending as one bad contract can set a franchise back for years in terms of cap flexibility and blocking youth from having a spot where they could potentially contribute on the NHL level.

That said, I feel it’s never to early to start looking at the 2018 free agent market. There will be a number of valuable assets to be courted by seasons end and in the spirit of staying ahead of the game, I have a short list of names General Manager Don Sweeney and company may target when the signing period begins this summer.

Here are some key veterans to keep your eye on, in no particular order:

Patric Hornqvist, RW

2017-18 Cap Hit: $4,250,000

Having watched him for a number of years with the Nashville Predators, Hornqvist has only scratched the surface when it comes to being recognized by the general NHL audience. Criminally underrated while being masked by his big-name counterparts in Pittsburgh these last few seasons, the right-winger has put together a body of work that many teams will no doubt find attractive this summer. While his name isn’t a ‘sexy’ addition for most fans, Hornqvist does all the little things that the Boston faithful would fall in love with. His willingness to shoot, hit, and get into the dirty areas and grind for possession always stood out to me. He’s an agitator on the ice and will draw penalties. He will get under the skin of the defensemen as he sticks his face in every cover-up the opposing goalie is forced into. Hornqvist is a hockey-player’s hockey player if you understand what I mean. His downside? His style of play puts in harm’s way often and at 31 years-old, injuries and general instances of getting banged up are commonplace. With youth behind him to fill gaps, Patric could find a valuable roll on a team that loves leadership and work-ethic.

Michael Grabner, RW

2017-18 Cap Hit: $1,650,000

30 year-old Michael Grabner is about as valuable a bottom-six winger can be in todays NHL. He possess above average speed and a strong level of hockey intelligence. Any coach appreciates his message being enforced night-in, night-out by a respected on-ice leader, and Grabner gives you just that. He’s very useful on the penalty kill, and is reliable in both 5-5 and 4-4 situations. Ultimately a ‘safe’ get for any potential suitor,  I would project him to look at going to a team that can contend quickly for reasonable money rather than go somewhere that a cup may be out of reach for a payday.

John Carlson, D

2017-18 Cap Hit: $3,966,667

Washington can’t let this guy go without a sizable effort to resign, can they? The Cap’s have had a tough stretch for their defensive unit as of late in losing Shattenkirk and Alzner last offseason. Add to that a handful of injury issues they’ve had to deal with this year, and Washington would appear to be borderline desperate to lock down Carlson to stabilize the blue line for a few more cup runs during Ovechkin’s tenure. While amassing above average minutes for a good amount of his season, Carlson has showcased his durability and value for his current team as well as a ton of potential suitors who will no doubt be slapping some chair-tops and waving him over in a few months. No brainer thing to say: Carlson is going to make a ton of money this summer.

Calvin de Haan, D
2017-18 Cap Hit: $3,300,000

This one won’t get many excited but a smart team will take a good look at him come July. Basically sheltered from the league playing in Brooklyn right now, de Haan has been a low-key favorite of the Islanders fans, and for good reason. He’s a worker, though nothing stands out about his play. Keep in mind that sometimes hearing little about a defenseman is a good thing. He keeps mistakes to a minimum, blocks shots, can possess the puck well, and is a reliable piece for any team in need. One reason he’s on this list is because everything you’d want in Nick Holden, who the Bruins recently dealt for, is actually there in de Haan. Additionally, if Boston moves a player like  Brandon Carlo at the deadline for a piece that may not be there next year, de Haan could be looked at to fill a role for the 2018-19 season and thereafter.

Antti Raanta, G

2017-18 Cap Hit: $1,000,000

Raanta is only 29, which is a good age for netminders in terms of experience and longevity for his next suitor. Also at that age teams know what they’re getting when it comes to skill level. Raanta is developed and could be a stable and afforded back-up behind Tuukka Rask. While Arizona is toiling this year, one bright spot has been the consistent play of Raanta. His numbers are among the best of his career and he has shown himself worthy of a job next season for a number of net-needy organizations. This move could be an affordable and sensible way to go should Anton Khudobin’s asking price be too high for Boston to bring him back.

Key Bruins free-agents this offseason include RFA’s: Ryan Spooner, Sean Kuraly, and Austin Czarnik as well as UFA’s: Riley Nash and Tim Schaller. It would be great to see Spooner and Nash back but their play has likely priced themselves out of Boston’s spending intentions. Additionally, while I would personally hate to lose him, Czarnik has doubled his value and deserves a shot as an NHL roster mainstay and unfortunately as things look right now on paper, it may not be in Boston.

In time we will see these storylines develop. For now it’s just all something we need to keep in the back of our minds, although undoubtedly the front office is way ahead of us all.


Thomas Nyström, Contributor.
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Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: Game 48


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By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog and on FanCred at K G


The Bruins are missing four key players from their lineup and will need to play their best to beat a St. Louis team that is on a three-game win streak. Jake Allen is in nets, facing off against Tuukka Rask. Peter Cehlarik is back in the lineup for the first time since November 24th, sliding in alongside Nash and Backes on the left side.

What I Am Looking Forward To

I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Bruins respond to their first regulation loss since December 14th. They had tons of chances in the second half of their last game but converted too late. Jake Allen comes into tonight’s game going 0-5 in his last five games while giving up 3.4 goals against in those contests.


The game started out pretty evenly matched, with both teams getting shots on net. Both goalies looked solid, but Rask seemed very sound tonight. Bergeron and his line have found success when they cycle the puck and get those close slot one-timers, and that is exactly what they are trying to do in the early minutes of the game. The Bruins seemed to be really trying to connect on some pre-set breakout plays, which would be a great idea if they weren’t always stopped at their own blueline. Jake DeBrusk and Ryan Spooner gave a textbook example of the slot one-timer, which then jumped over the shoulder of Jake Allen and fell into the crease, where a dog pile occurred where Allen was moved completely out of his crease and David Krejci was able to fire in a rebound into an empty net. It was reviewed, but the call on the ice was confirmed and it was a good goal. St. Louis came back with a more aggressive approach on the attack, focusing on keeping bodies in front of Rask. While they did get more chances, Rask kept shutting down everything that was thrown at him.


BOS – Krejci (DeBrusk, Spooner)



Bruins came into the second leading in shots, but with St. Louis getting the majority of the chances at the end of the first, Boston came back by cycling the puck and getting shots in on net from the point. The Bruins were looking for passes to the slot while they were on the rush, which were shut down by the Blues. David Backes was definitely a stand out in this period, using his large frame to move people off of the puck. He had a lot of great chances in front of the net, but Jake “The Snake” Allen stopped all that he was given that period.





Both teams came out swinging, getting great chances at both ends. Spooner and Krejci were all over the Blues in the offensive end. The Bruins were good at movement down low in the Blues’ end but had some issues when it came to their own defensive breakouts. Around the 13-minute mark, Vladimir Tarasenko put his stick into Torey Krug’s hands, and Krug decided to throw himself to the ground in hopes of drawing a penalty. He did draw one and on the ensuing power play, Bergeron connected on a great low-slot one-timer that beat Allen high blocker. A scrum, later on, took the game to 4-on-4 for the next two minutes. Rask made a great stop against a bouncing puck, staying calm as he usually is. Chara took a slashing call with about five minutes remaining in play, and the Bruins killed it off without a hitch. St. Louis pulled Allen with over two minutes left, a very aggressive time usually, but with the Blues being down by two, they needed as much time as they can, and it paid off. Schwartz scored with 1:32 left in the game off of a deflection and they were right back in the game. Mike Yeo pulled Allen again, and Boston started to get aggressive by icing the puck while trying to score, and finally, Backes popped one in the empty net with 0.4 seconds left in the game, sealing the win for the hometown team.


BOS – Bergeron PP (Pastrnak, Spooner), Backes EN

STL – Schwartz (Schenn, Tarasenko)


Miller is a key part of the Bruins defense currently, and with McAvoy still questionable on his return, this could mean a big hole in the defensive core for the Bruins against the Maple Leafs.

KG’s Three Stars Of The Game

1st: Tuukka Rask – Rask was lights out this game. No other way to explain it. The one goal he let in was a double-tipped puck and I’m not sure pretty much any goalie can get those. Rask ended the game with a 0.970 save percentage on 33 shots. He won them that game.

2nd: Ryan Spooner – Spooner had a great night, both on offense and defense. He was cycling the puck very efficiently and setting people up all night long. He had two assists on the night. He also moved the puck well in the offensive end, creating lanes with his quick feet.

3rd: Patrice Bergeron – It seems like #37 always finds a way to get one of the three stars. He’s been playing his usual way. Great on offense, even better on defense. He had four shots on goal and the game-winning power-play goal. Solid night for the NHL’s second star of the month of January.

MUP (Most Under-Appreciated Player)David Backes – Backes played a very gritty, tough game against his former team. He delivered some devastating hits and was getting chances left and right.

BIRDHOUSE – Round-up of the best Tweets during the game


Saturday, February 3rd in Boston vs Toronto


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Providence Bruins Czarnik Continues Outstanding Play

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By: Mark Allred               Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The American Hockey Leagues All-Star Classic festivities are set to kick off tonight at 8pm with the Skills Competition from the Adirondack Bank Center, and All-Star Challenge set for puck drop in the four-team  3-on-3 round-robin tournament at 7pm tomorrow night. This is the second time in four-years the city of Utica, New York has hosted the event since pro hockey returned to the area in 2013. Providence Bruins forward Austin Czarnik was selected to represent the B’s and will participate in his first Mid-Season event of his young professional career.

In tonight’s All-Star Skills Competition, the fast and skilled Czarnik will be involved in a few events such as event three and AHL Live sponsored Rapid Fire, event six and Turning Stone Resort Casino sponsored Pass and Score, and finally, event seven and Dunkin” Donuts sponsored Breakaway Relay. All events the crafty forward will be participating in tonight’s fun test of skills and speed will fit well as the 25-year-old is once again putting in a solid effort this season for the top minor-pro affiliate of the National Hockey Leagues Boston Bruins. The 5′-9″ 161-pound has had a tremendous career in the AHL, and with all of this solid play and league recognition, it remains to be seen where his talents bring him after this summer as he’s currently on his last season of his one-year extension he signed back in July of 2017.

The 5′-9″ 161-pound has had a tremendous career in the AHL, and with all of this solid play and league recognition, it remains to be seen where his talents bring him after this summer as he’s currently on his last season of his one-year extension he signed back in July of 2017.  Czarnik, a Washington Township native has worked hard to become a solid 200-foot player going back to his colligate days with the University of Miami (Ohio) where he posted 169 points in 159 games played.  Signed as an undrafted free agent out of college at the end of March in 2015, the offensive-minded versatile forward transitioned his point-per-game style nicely as an undersized talent to the AHL where he’s very close to being a point-per-game career AHL’er with 126 points in 130 games all with the Providence team.

This season Czarnik has 11-29-40 numbers in 37 games played and leads the team in overall points, assists, and is fourth in goals, one behind veteran Kenny Agostino who has 12. He also leads the team on the power-play with five goals as he plays that Ryan Spooner style game on the man advantage being the pivot man between the forwards near or behind the net and defensemen along the point. His leadership and willing to learn even though he’s spent a few seasons in the highest developmental league has instilled a lot of trust from first-year Head Coach Jay Leach to be a key voice on and off the ice to younger players who recently started minor-pro hockey.

Last night Providence suffered an unfortunate 5-2 loss to the surprisingly hot Springfield Thunderbirds and after the B’s went 11-2-1-0 in the final month of 2017, the transition to the new year has been somewhat concerning as the games in January 2018 have produced a 4-6-0-1 record which is the worse of the current 2017-18 campaign. Regardless of the “teams” struggles, Czarnik remains to put a solid individual effort together this season, and with a goal in last night’s loss, he has goals in his previous two games and accrued points in his last six appearances which is a career and 2017-18 season high.

I believe Austin has, in fact, earned consideration for at least another one-year deal. His presence continues to be a valued in the minor system when it comes to “depth players” and could be heavily considered as one to recall if a position needs to be filled up the middle or on the right side. Czarnik’s career NHL numbers of 14 points in 55 games shouldn’t be a knock on him nor his NHL potential, as most players like him take the longer road to higher-level careers. For me, I see value in a players role above immediate top-level pro success as an NHL franchise can’t continue without the facilitating franchises in the lower leagues of development and training. Regardless, I look forward to seeing what Czarnik can do in the remaining 32 games and the process over the summer when it comes to his restricted free-agent status.

As a fan that pays close attention to all levels of the Bruins organization, gauging his first full NHL career season is not an easy thing at all when drafted players from the team may hold higher value. Depending what happens to players like Sean Kuraly, Riley Nash, Fran Vatrano, Tim Schaller, and Ryan Spooner and their individual contract status, Czarnik would most likely be passed over for a player like Jacob Forsbacka-Karlsson for his stronger 200-foot two-way game but might find space in other areas of the top 12 offensive structure. Also can’t neglect the fact that he could have a faster climb to NHL success with another NHL franchise who might also want to add a player like Austin on the cheap if the Bruins don’t see a potential future as both sides went into the 2015 entry-level signing on the cheap and worth the gamble.

Support Your Baby B’s!!!

If you’d like to watch tomorrow’s stars today, I highly suggest you take advantage of the cheap tickets and family atmosphere that’s available at every Providence Bruins home game at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence,  Rhode Island.  You can get ticket information and other great info by clicking HERE to enter the official Baby B’s website.

Also, if you do happen to go and support the team at the Dunk, be sure to stop by the Providence Bruins Fan Club table behind sections 101 and 102. Fantastic season ticket holders and Fan Club volunteers Jenna Labush, Rhonda Labush, and Steven Labush are always there with other valued members to help with any information and questions. You can also use the address below or visit the Official Fan Club page on the Providence Bruins website by clicking HERE. Follow the Baby B’s Fan Club on Social Media!


Providence Bruins
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PO Box 40963
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Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast #79 1-8-18

By: Mark Allred           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Welcome back to episode 79 of the Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast in partnership with Grandstand Sports Network the best view in sports. This week we welcomed to the show, Bruins writer and author of the book 100 Things Bruins Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, Matt Kalman to the show for a fun discussion of interesting Bruins topics in kind of a Q&A session.

Also, added a great discussion with Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament Founder and Sudbury Mass. FireFighter Mike Matros on the show to share some information about the upcoming festivities being held at the eight-rink New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Massachusetts during the weekend of April 20th-22nd 2018. For more information on this great event, please go to

Also joining the show for some Bruins fan interaction, I had the pleasure of talking to Ian Kelly about the state of the Bruins from a fans perspective. Thanks for the time Ian!

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Bruins GM Sweeney’s Patience Persists

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By: Chis Nosek                             Follow Me On Twitter @cnosek6342 

Coming into this 2017-18 season, the Boston Bruins roster had a wide variety of questions and what fans thought were gaping holes. Some of the most significant issues included how GM Don Sweeney would fill the many gaps fans felt this team had left coming out of a disappointing 2016 campaign. Many fans were calling for Sweeney to trade the rights of restricted free agent, and mostly disappointing center, Ryan Spooner. Questions were being asked about starting goaltender Tuukka Rask, and many questions were being brought about the team’s depth at the wing positions.

During the offseason, Sweeney showed patience and did not panic when looking to come to a deal with Spooner and his agent. He allowed the process to work and for the negotiations to go to arbitration. This brought Spooner and the Bruins to a very fair one-year contract for $2.825 million. This has proven to be the right move as Spooner has been filling in now on multiple occasions for a banged up David Krejci.

Sweeney’s patience in this instance would prove to prevail despite many fans questioning his ability to do the job. His patience would also prevail in filling the apparent open winger spots. With big names on the market at the time like; Patrick Marleau, Chris Kunitz, Thomas Vanek, and Justin Williams, it would’ve been very tempting to try to overspend and pair one or two of these guys with the likes of Krejci and Bergeron – especially knowing that Pastrnak and Marchand would be on the opposite wing.

The unexpected play of the young guys like Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk, and Danton Heinen have not been the only reason this Bruins team has shown significant improvement from the 2016 season. Sweeney and Bruce Cassidy had to show extreme patience with starting goaltender Tuukka Rask as he started this season 5-11 with his back up going 7-4 and earning four-straight victories against teams like the Los Angelos Kings, San Jose Sharks, New Jersey Devils, and Pittsburg Penguins with two of his losses coming while earning a point by forcing overtime.

Aside from not being able to move Rask because of a No Trade Clause, Sweeney made the correct decision in holding onto the 30-year-old Finnish goaltender despite many cries to move on from his remaining four-years of an eight-year deal carrying a cap hit of $7 million.  He is now playing like he did during his Venza winning season and has the Bruins on a major hot streak that is currently at 10-0-1 over the past 11 games.

Don Sweeney has shown less panic and more patience than anyone could have asked for and now he has the Bruins unexpectedly in a second place position of the Atlantic Division and 4th place in the Eastern Conference. More importantly, for this team, than their place in the standings is the way they are playing and chemistry the youngsters are creating with their mix of veterans. With nine players up for new contracts at seasons end, Sweeney should show patience as he looks to have a rebuild that will allow for long-term playoff contention instead of just a couple years of a flash in the pan.

Bruins Road Trip A Success


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By: KG                   Follow me on Twitter: @kgbngblog and on FanCred at K G

The Bruins are back from a three-game road trip to California, where they faced off against Anaheim, LA, and San Jose. The Bruins came home with four of six points, and the for the first time this season they have won back to back games. With the rest of the Atlantic division on losing streaks, (Ranging from 1 OTL to 3 straight losses) the Bruins need to capitalize as much as possible on their current success.

The Bruins surprised a lot of people on their trip by beating two teams that had better records than them, with the Kings on top of the Pacific division with a current (12-7-2) record, and San Jose, who is sixth in the Pacific at (10-8-1). I said on FanCred that this road trip could make or break the rest of the season, so hopefully, this is a kick-start to a new mentality for the Bruins. And the team is getting players back from injury at what seems to be almost every other day, like Spooner for the game against New Jersey.

The Bruins have played 19 games this season (8-7-4) for 20 points, good for solo fifth in the Atlantic division and three points behind Washington for the second Wild Card position in the East. The surprising thing is that Anton Khudobin won both of those games while letting in two goals total and making 63/65 saves both games combined to have a 0.969 save percentage, adding to his season save percentage of 0.935%, which leads the NHL. Khudobin has been an incredible back up for Tuukka Rask while he tries to get his game back on track.

To conclude, the Bruins are starting to show signs of life now, which couldn’t have happened at a better time. The Atlantic division is on a slide but will be surging back after Thanksgiving. The Bruins showed that they can beat better teams on their Cali road trip, something that they will need to do for the rest of the season if they want to be anywhere close to the playoffs. Anton Khudobin was a large contributor to those wins, and will likely see more ice time if Rask continues on the path he is. I personally believe that Rask will be back to his former self, but the start of his season was definitely disappointing.



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