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NHL Rumors: Seguin, Daley, Krug, More

NHL Rumors: Seguin, Daley, Krug, More

August 11th, 2018 In today's rumor rundown, there is some belief Tyler Seguin will hold out on contract negotiations until next summer to maximize his earnings, Trevor Daley may be a trade candidate in Detroit, there aren't as many rumblings about Torey Krug as there once were, and while one recent drafted rookie...
Boston Bruins PTO Options

Boston Bruins PTO Options

August 10th, 2018 We have reached the point in the summer where the talk shifts from free agent signings and trades, to training camp invites. Almost every team uses the professional tryout tool, and the Boston Bruins have been no exception over the years. Remember, prior to the 2015-16 season, the B's found backup...

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August 3rd, 2018
Bruins Transactions

This offseason, the Boston Bruins signed Matt Grzelcyk to a two-year deal worth $1.4 million annually. The contract seems to state "prove yourself and a payday will follow." The defenseman's performance to this point has already proved one thing, however - the Bruins' bad luck with young, puck-moving defensemen may soon reach its end. During his rookie season, Grzelcyk put up three goals and 12 assists in 61 appearances, soaking up most of the action on the third defensive pairing. The Massachusetts native received chunks of power play time, however, averaging 16:44 of ice time per game. While plus-minus stats aren't always indicative of a player's overall impact on a game, a plus-21 rating supports the theory that Grzelcyk hasn't exactly been hazardous to his team. While his defensive play could use some work, the 5-foot-9, 174-pound puck-mover has plenty of time to improve his game behind his own blue line. The fact of the matter is that he is just 24-years-old and it...
August 2nd, 2018
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You win some and you lose some. When it comes to the Sabres acquiring Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins appear to be losers in the deal in more ways than one. For starters, the Bruins missed out on a versatile forward who can produce upwards of 30 goals and 60 points and who would immediately bolster the team's top-six for the 2018-19 season. Premier forwards like Skinner don't come available every day and when they do, the cost is usually significant. In the last three seasons, Skinner has scored 28, 37 and 24 goals respectively. He's eclipsed the 30-goal mark three times in his career and the 20-goal mark another three times in his eight seasons in the league. Though there has been an injury-prone narrative that has followed Skinner throughout his career - to get ahead of that, he's played in a total of 391 out of a possible 410 games since 2013-14 and 320 out of 328 over the last four seasons. He isn't injury prone. Another way the team loses in...
August 2nd, 2018
Bruins Management

The Boston Bruins struck gold when they were able to ink David Pastrnak to a six-year deal worth $40 million. After a long summer of waiting, the deal was finalized on Sept. 14, 2017. A sigh of relief proceded to echo throughout the winding streets of Boston. Prior to his first standard contract, Pastrnak was only reeling in a total of $2.75 million over the course of his three years. The entry-level deal only hit the cap for $925,000 per season during a span of time in which the then-prospect produced 123 points in 172 games. The agreement is widely considered one of the most team-friendly deals in the NHL today. Pastrnak was fresh off a 34-goal, 36-assist campaign at just the age of 21. The winger's great potential could have resulted in a more expensive price, but general manager Don Sweeney was able to corral him at a price tag that snuggles in between that of Patrice Bergeron ($6.875 annually) and Brad Marchand ($6.125 annually). The two players would go on to become...
August 1st, 2018
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Championship or bust. It's a term that's thrown around a lot in sports. With good reason, too, as the ultimate goal for every professional sports team, player and fan is the immortality that comes with being a champion. It's for that reason that so many teams push their chips to the middle of the table each and every season with an eye towards a possible championship and little regard towards long-term sustainability when the going gets tough. Entering the 2017-18 season, nobody would have pegged the Bruins as a team that should be looking to go all-in on a championship. The team had its strong core in place but a bevy of young players who had yet to prove that they could hang left a question mark on the ceiling of the team. A trip to the second round of the postseason in a competitive series against the Tampa Bay Lightning (despite what the 4-1 series total might indicate) would have been ultimately seen as a positive step forward and a win. The Bruins changed the...

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A Trade that Shaped a Franchise

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 6, 1967:... July 26th, 2018

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 23rd, 2018

Bobby Orr's Landmark Season

When the NHL announced the '100 Greatest NHL Players of All Time' Bobby Orr was, of course, one of the easiest choices. In a truly remarkable Hall of Fame career, Orr not only re-wrote the record books but reinvented the way hockey was played. In honour of the NHL 100 and the incredible hockey... March 20th, 2018

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 age 22 to 25 and endure a slow... November 8th, 2017