Today in Hockey History: Aug. 5

Today in Hockey History: Aug. 5

August 5th, 2020 Aug. 5 is a bittersweet day in National Hockey League history. It has seen the death of one of the legendary names of the game and well as the birth as one of U.S. hockey’s most notorious head coaches. Hockey World Loses a Pioneer Hockey Hall of Famer Art Ross passed away, at the age of...
Derek "Turk" Sanderson: A Boston Legend

Derek "Turk" Sanderson: A Boston Legend

August 3rd, 2020 Combine a gritty style of play with quick hands and fast feet, throw in a swagger that sat well with his movie-star good looks, mix well with his fair share of nastiness and you have the young Derek Sanderson, better known by his friends and teammates as “Turk”. Born and raised in Niagara...

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July 31st, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

In today's NHL rumor rundown, the Boston Bruins are hoping an injury to Brad Marchand isn't too serious. He left an exhibition game and is questionable for Sunday. In Calgary, one scribe tries to explain the chatter surrounding Johnny Gaudreau, and in Vancouver, why is everyone passing Jake Virtanen on the depth chart? Finally, what was the deal behind David Pastrnak's odd tweet about Tom Wilson? Marchand Injured Against Blue Jackets Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston notes that Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand left Thursday's game in the third period with what appeared to be a lower-body injury. It's not entirely clear when the injury happened as it could have been when he fell awkwardly but he was shown on replay skating gingerly before leaving. Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) “He left ,” said Bruce Cassidy. “I don’t think it’s anything serious, but we’ll have a better idea obviously in the morning.” Cam...
July 31st, 2020
Columbus Blue Jackets

As the Boston Bruins returned to exhibition action Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, many questions lingered. How would the club deal with the absence of Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase? How would the players perform following the extended layoff? After an ugly 60 minutes resulted in a 4-1 loss, some questions have been answered, while others remain. Studnicka Solidifies a Spot The lone bright spot in the contest for the Bruins was rookie Jack Studnicka. The absence of Nick Ritchie and Andrej Kase allowed him the opportunity to fight for a spot in the lineup throughout camp, and his play in the exhibition contest all but guaranteed it. The flexibility to play Anders Bjork on either wing allows the B’s to bump him down to the third line, while Studnicka continues to skate with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Jack Studnicka, Boston Bruins (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Studnicka was engaged throughout the contest, with an excellent active stick and solid...
July 30th, 2020
Boston Bruins

In this edition of Bruins' News & Rumors, Anders Bjork has signed a three-year contract extension, Charlie Coyle has been named the winner of NESN's 7th Player Award for the 2019-20 season and the Bruins expect Ondrej Kase to join them soon. Bjork Signs Contract Extension The Bruins took care of some housekeeping Wednesday when they'd sign Bjork to a three-year contract extension worth $4.8 million. This contract will carry a cap hit of $1.6 million for the next three seasons. Bjork played in 58 games for the Bruins in 2019-20 and would set career-highs with nine goals, 10 assists, 19 points and 12:56 of average ice time. Anders Bjork, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) In Bjork, the Bruins have a player with legitimate top-six potential who has played very effectively in a third-line role for the team thus far. While the goal for the team is likely to have Bjork elevate his game to the point where he gets to consistently skate in a top-six role, they...
July 30th, 2020
Previews and Predictions

Over the course of the shortened 2019-20 regular-season, the Boston Bruins had their ups and downs, but at the end of the day, they finished with 100 points and won the Presidents' Trophy. They finished eight points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference standings. When the NHL announced in May that they were going to a 24-team playoff format, the Bruins avoided the best of five qualifying series and instead will play in a three-game Round Robin format to determine the top four seeds for the Eastern Conference playoffs. They will play one game each against the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and the Lightning.  Related: The Evolution of Brad Marchand Boston will open with their first game on Aug. 2 at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena against Philadelphia, and they likely will find it to be difficult competition in the round-robin against three teams that they had trouble with before the league pause. They went 1-2 against each team, but this new...

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The Evolution of Brad Marchand

Boston Bruins left-winger Brad Marchand has developed himself from a fourth-line pest into one of the NHL's premier scorers. His path to joining the NHL elite was atypical, however. According to Hockey-Graphs, most players plateau in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) from ages 22 to 25 and endure a... May 11th, 2020

Boston Bruins Logo History

The Boston Bruins: known worldwide as one of the National Hockey League’s Original Six…except they didn’t actually come along until seven years after the league began play. There were also only four teams in the NHL’s original iteration. Whatever. We’ll gloss over that. The Boston... March 21st, 2020

Esposito: The Trade That Shaped the Boston Bruins

In today's look at important off-season trades over the years, we set our sights back to 1967.  While this particular deal did not take place at the NHL Annual Meetings held in the first week in June, it is inextricably linked to the events that were scheduled for that gathering. June... February 20th, 2020