Old Trade Baffles Boston’s Fans, Team Has Moved On – So Should You

 

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By: Chris Nosek              follow me on Twitter: @cnosek6342

On Monday, January 15th, our favorite boys in black and gold dropped their 5th game at home and only their 8th in extra time this season. This game had a former friend now foe, 25-year-old Tyler Seguin, at the other side of the faceoff dot.

At 2:59 in the extra action, the former Bruin netted the game-winner as David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner, and Matt Grzelcyk were tiring from a long 3-on-3 shift, and as you can see in the video, their fatigue was the Achilles heel.

Ever since this goal went in, I had seen the non-stop lamenting of Boston fans at the loss of Tyler Seguin in the infamous July 4th trade back in 2013.

To all of you whining about “which deal was worse” (Seguin, Thorton, Bourque, or add in your own selection) and “why can’t  we get players like that?” Just stop. Stop focusing on the past – I will remind you later of that past and you will see that although the Seguin trade set this team back, they are better off now for the long term than they would have been had they kept him.

Instead of looking back, I encourage you to look forward. Neeley turned the page when he let Don Sweeney and his crew take over for Peter Chiarelli in the front office. Allowing Sweeney to focus on his strength of drafting and developing, this team as more youthful talent and depth than it ever had while Tyler Seguin was in town.

Let’s start with the fact that David Pastrnak is filling in nicely for Seguin on that RW alongside Bergeron and Marchand. While showing an ability to play alongside both top centers, Pasta and Krejci still haven’t found the LW replacement from Krejci’s heyday with Milan Lucic.  Pasta is only 21 years old and he is a natural wing finding his game and working into a nice leadership role on this team at the perfect time.

Also turning heads, which is no surprise after his heroics in the playoffs last season, is 19-year old Charlie McAvoy. The 14th overall pick out of Boston University gave just a small preview of what his pairing with Zdeno Chara could bring to this team, and lets not even talk about the puck movement on the powerplay. Now the youngster is flirting with 25 minutes of ice time per night (sometimes closer to 30), he is showing his maturity and will become a leader on this team in no time. Sharing a line with one of the hardest working players in the league, the hard work that he see’s Zdeno Chara put in is definitely rubbing off on him.

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With McAvoy and Pastrnak getting the bulk of the attention, a guy like Danton Heinen has been flying under the radar for most of the season. The 22-year-old natural centerman is making his own case for a solid run at the Calder Trophy. With 10 goals and 21 assists, Heinen has 31 points in just 38 games this season. He is showing that he can come off the bench as needed and provide physicality while showing the skill that isn’t usually seen on the third line. By seasons end, he could see some action ahead of Jake DeBrusk and get some minutes with Pasta and Krejci.

This teams youthful depth goes so far that you can’t even go to Providence to see all the baby B’s who you should be excited about. Sure you will catch; Czarnik, Agostino, Forsbacka-Karlsson, Senyshyn, Cehlarik, Zboril, Bjork, Grzelcyk, Johansson, and Lauzon, but what about the guys getting big minutes overseas. Look for Ryan Donato, Joona Koppanen, Urho Vaakanainen, and Dan Vladar to log some minutes in Providence in 2018-2019 and keep this youthful movement coming up the Mass Pike.

For more details and breakdowns on each of these prospects, follow along with @BlackAndGold277 and his weekly prospect update.

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.

Sources:

Hockey-reference.com, HockeyDB.com, Dan Bahl (@danbahl on Twitter)

 

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When The Bruins Came To Belfast

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By: Cameron Benson                               Follow Me On Twitter @NIBruinsFans 

With the Boston Bruins recently in China as part of Bruins global, it gave us the chance to look back at other times the NHL has traveled outside of North America. Such as when in 2010 six NHL teams played in Europe. This involved the Bruins who played two games against the Coyotes, (splitting the series one a piece) game against HC Liberec of the Czech Republic along with a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland to play a Belfast Giants selects the hockey team.

This was something new for the city of Belfast. A city that throughout history has become known for its trouble. Their local team, the Belfast Giants, thrive on being neutral. So much that they play in the color teal; a cross between blue and green that represents both sides of the country. The arrival of the Bruins showed not only how far the city had developed but how they could host one of the NHL’s biggest teams. Something that hadn’t happened in the UK for three years and never before in Northern Ireland. The city hosting such an event would have seemed impossible just a few years beforehand.

The match was played at the Odyssey Arena, (now SSE Arena) home of the Belfast Giants since their formation in the year 2000. The Belfast Giants Select team were made up of players from the Elite Ice Hockey League (the highest form of competitive hockey in the UK). The home team was captained by Giants’ own Colin Shields, a native of Scotland. He lined up against Zdeno Chara of Boston while Stephen Murphy battled Tuukka Rask in goal. Jade Galbraith put the Giants into the lead by shooting top shelf in the second period. However, the Bruins fought back, taking a 2-1 lead moment later with goals from then-rookie Tyler Seguin and Captain Zdeno Chara. 20 seconds later Marchand put the visitors up by two. The second period finished with Boston leading 3-1. Eight minutes into the third Lucic made it four, showing the difference between the two sides. Before the buzzer, Seguin was hooked and awarded a penalty shot. It was converted for the final goal of the night and a 5-1 win for the boys in black and gold.

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So why was this 5-1 pre season friendly important?

For the Bruins, it was another in a long list of preparation for the upcoming NHL season. They had been eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup the season before. And of course, would eventually go on to win the cup in 2011. The European tour provided a unique experience for the players, especially Shawn Thornton, whose mother was from Belfast and moved to Canada at a young age. The chance to play in the city gave him the opportunity to not only bring his mother back to see her family but a chance to see where his grandparents grew up while creating some new, modern memories in Northern Ireland.

Today, the legacy of the Bruins still lives in the SSE Arena. Jerseys presented by the Bruins to the Giants are on display, while huge images painted into the arena screen moments from the match. Hockey has become more popular in the city, and average crowds have risen to over 4,000 a game. Since 2016 the Belfast Giants have hosted the Friendship Four, a NCAA event which invites universities (mainly those near Boston) to compete over Thanksgiving weekend. Meanwhile, many fans ask “Will we ever see an NHL team in Belfast again.” While we may not know the answer, Stanley Cup winners such as Kevin Westgarth and Jim Vandermeer have called Belfast home in recent years. All part of the legacy created by a visit from the Boston Bruins.