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Bruins Have A choice To Be Very Quiet Or Loud This Off-season



Boston Bruins Rumors To Start And Put To Sleep

Boston Bruins Season has been over for a little more than a month now and the rumors have already started about sign this guy or trade this guy. Some of them are feasible and many are far-fetched. I will give my opinion on some current rumors and maybe start a couple.

Let us start off with some easy stuff Brian Gionta, Paul Postma and Kenny Agostino are gone officially. Now the others have not been ruled out the main ones being Rick Nash, Riley Nash, and Anton Khudoban and Tim Schaller Also, Austin Czarnik, Tommy Wingles, and Nick Holden are up for free agency.

Don Sweeney has said that talks are ongoing with all of these guys. He also said in an ideal world he would like to keep all of these guys. This is not an ideal world, although the Salary Cap is rumored to be increasing for the 2019 season. All of these guys with the exception with Rick Nash who was acquired in a trade with the Rangers at the Deadline had career years.

Keepers If Price Is Right

The big guy is Rick Nash. Will he be resigned? I think Nash wants to stay and show he is better than what we saw. Also, he is a good fit for David Krejci. I see him being signed if the Bruins feel that none of the prospects is a better fit that Rick. Again as always, the big question will be about the salary. Last year he was a $7.8 million cap hit. Sweeney cannot afford that. If he is willing to take a cur then he will stay if not they will shop around or plug in a prospect.

The problem is that the power forward id dying. There is a rumor that they are going to bring Milan Lucic. Let me just say no no no no, absolutely not. He has done nothing since he left and is just about as bad of a cap hit as Nash. At that point just keep Nash.

Now to the real world and who should they keep. I would keep Riley Nash if the price is right. Yes, it is that way with any guy but him in particular because he only had a salary of $900,000 last season. Now coming off a career year he is going to want anywhere from $3-5 million.

Now he is in the right to ask for that as he produced 41 points for the team. If he would take $2-2.5 I would love to have him if not, I think he could be replaced with a guy like Ryan Donato or another prospect.

Another guy they will most likely want to keep is Anton Khudobin who also had a stellar year which allowed Rask to be a ton better this year. His cap hit was only $1.2 million. If it is possible to stay close to that number it would be awesome. Khudobin fits in well and there are not really any other choices at the moment as the B’s prospects just are not ready yet.

The final guy to keep but is a bit far-fetched is Czarnik. He is a great player but has just been lost in the shuffle the past couple years. He for sure test the waters but I will not be disappointed if he gets signed and slots in on the Third or Fourth line.

Thank For Coming

Tim Schaller is out. He is a great player but there is room for him anymore. Schaller does fit that mold for a fourth line guy but I Think they can do better. The other guy that we will see go is Tommy Wingles, who was acquired at the Trade deadline because of injuries.

Be Loud Or Stay Quiet?

Sweney has two option this offseason and those are staying quiet and keep your money or spend spend spend. Now by this, I mean going out and either trading and signing a big name guy to bring in. I see him being relatively quiet as the new mentality is youth. They also still have David Backes‘ contract to worry about especially with his career in question with his concussion suffered in the playoffs.

The Bruins prospect pool is a very large pool and paid off this year with guys like Danton Heinen and Jake Debrusk, and Matt Grzelcyk. Other guys had a shot but wither did not make the cut or got hurt. I am talking about JFK and Anders Bjork. Then on top of that, we got a little taste of Ryan Donato at the end of the year. All this leads me to believe that Sweeney will stay quite this off-season and stick with the youth.

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Bruins Go 4-0



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Boston Bruins Showing That They Are In An Odd Building Period

The Boston Bruins are in a weird state so far this year. Their first game of the new season was a disaster, while the rest have been the polar opposite. During that whole time, the only line that has not seen any changes is the first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak. Bruce Cassidy has been using the mindset of everyone has to earn their roster spot, the young guys especially.

Game one started with David Backes on the wing and since then he has been moved to his natural center position. It seems to be working out as the third line has looked good. Along with Backes, we have seen Ryan Donato on the 3rd with Backes and also the second line. He also was benched in game three and replaced with Joakim Nordstrom. Along with these guys many others have been up and down and in n out of the roster. Luckily for the Bruins, it seems to be working as they are 4-0 in their games since Washington.

Since the Washington game, the Bruins have not given up more than 3 goals in a game and have averaged 5.5 goals in their last 4 games. Last nights game we saw the Bruins put up an 8 a spot on the Red Wings, who are in a complete rebuilding stage and have struggled the past couple of years. In that game, we saw Pasta score a hat-trick and 4 other players earn their first of the year. Last night roster seemed to be clicking on all lines the roster can be seen below from Jack Edwards tweet prior to the game against the wings.

The Bruins go for their fourth win in a row with Detroit in town for a 3 pm matinee.
Rask back in goal; one change among the skaters — Donato for Heinen at 3LW.
Brick, Alex & I have the game at 3 on NESN.

— Jack Edwards (@RealJackEdwards) October 13, 2018

Look for the Bruins to continue to move lines around until they are happy with what they have. It is still early in the year but Cassidy may have to break up that first line and move Pastrnak down with David Krejci to try and spread some scoring. As we saw last year against the Lightning who shut down that line and the B’s just could not score. Ryan Donato/Anders Bjork may see some time on that top line as it does seem that Krejci and Jake DeBrusk have developed some chemistry. Hopefully, by the end of this month, we will have somewhat of a concrete roster.

UP Next

The Bruins will head out to Western Canada to face the Calgary Flames for the start of a road trip through western Canada. Look for the Bruins to carry the momentum from the last 4 games out west and continue to dominate. Unfortunately, the next games will be all 9:00 pm or later starts as they are on the west coast. The Flames game will be a 9:30 start and will air on NESN.

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Boston Bruins Are Slowly Getting Their Roster Set



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The Bruins Continue To Make Cuts With The Season Just Over A Week Away

Don Sweeney and Cam Neely have been making some cuts the past few weeks to get their team ready for the season. Just today Sweeney made a few more to inch closer to the 23 players for opening day. Boston is now currently at 42 so they need to cur their roster in half in just over a week. Sweeney will be busy. Sweeney has had some of his decisions made easy as many of the guys so far were drafted this year or have been in Providence to start.

Roster Transactions

Today Cameron Hughes, Emil Johansson, Joona Koppanen, and Zach Senyshyn were assigned to the Providence Bruins. Axel Anderson this year first round pick has been sent back to his Swedish junior team Djurgarden IF (SEL). Also last week Daniel Bukac and Cedric Pare were sent back to their respective Junior teams. Austin Fyten, Olivier Galipeau, Brett McKenzie, Joel Messner, Alex Sakellaropoulos, and Willy Sherman were sent back to Providence.

Even with all these guys being sent back to where they came from there are still a few rookies eyeing a roster spot, although they are limited. As of now, it appears there is two forward spot available.

Players Fighting For The Final Spots

As of writing this article, there are about 20ish rookies left trying to take a spot away from a veteran. The guys getting the looks right now are Ryan Donato, Ryan Fitzgerald (who is due for a breakout ), Jakub Lauko (has been impressing all camp), Jack Studnicka, Jakub Zboril. There are many others, these are the guys that appear to have the best chance at cracking the roster. Also Anders Bjork (still recovering from shoulder surgery)

A rookie making the opening day roster is going to be tough. Bruce Cassidy has mentioned he does not want to lean on the kids as heavily this season. It would be nice to see a rookie on that top line with Patrice Bergeron(if he is healthy come day one) and Marchand. Then that would move David Pastrnak back down to play with David Krejci. We will just have to wait just a bit longer to see who makes the cut.

The B’s will face off the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals on October 3rd in DC. The Caps will be raising the banner that day as well.

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Boston Bruins Trade Away Adam McQuaid For A Former Friend



Boston Bruins Trade Away Adam McQuaid For A Former Friend With Fellow 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Steven Kampfer Coming Back To Boston

On Tuesday morning the Boston Bruins announced that they have traded away defense-man Adam McQuaid to the New York Rangers in exchange for defense-man Steven Kampfer, a 2019 fourth round pick and a 2019 conditional seventh round pick.

This is rather shocking with the 31-year-old McQuaid being a career long Bruin playing 11 professional seasons with the organization since being acquired from the Blue Jackets back in 2007 for a fifth round pick. McQuaid broke into the NHL and onto Boston’s roster in 2009-10 and became a mainstay on their defense over the past nine seasons.

The long-time Bruin helped lead Boston to the 2011 Stanley Cup and has tallied 13 goals and 53 assists in 462 games with 652 penalty minutes for the Bruins.

As for acquiring Kampfer, he is a familiar face to the Bruins.

The 29-year-old has skated in 166 NHL games in his career with 10 goals and 16 assists with 82 penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Ducks in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Level Draft before being traded to Boston originally back on March 2, 2010 in exchange for a conditional fourth round draft pick that was later traded to Carolina who drafted Justin Shugg.

Kampfer made his NHL debut with Boston back on December 9 2010 and appeared in 38 games with Boston in the 2010-11 season. Kampfer had a career year scoring five goals and 10 assists also being part of the 2011 Stanley Cup team with McQuaid.

Kampfer will likely be a call-up option from AHL Providence that has NHL experience. With the current roster build-up the Bruins simply did not need to have McQuaid anymore and making a move now made the most sense.

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