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Boston Bruins, a Team of Hard-knocks that continues to show grit and toughness

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Boston Bruins, a Team of Hard-knocks that continues to show grit and toughness

By Christian Bullock

Boston Bruins defensemen Adam McQuaid was in good shape during Mondays game against Ottawa.

During Saturdays game against New Jersey, McQuaid took a skate to the neck from fellow teammate David Backes.  It was a weird play, you don’t usually see a skate go up that high.  McQuaid quickly grabbed his neck with one hand and continued to play with his other hand.  McQuaid stayed in the game, “I wasn’t sure if it was bleeding,” said McQuaid.

After the play stopped due to a whistle Adam McQuaid asked fellow teammate Collin Miller if he was bleeding.  His teammate remarked “Whoa, you need to see the doctor.”  McQuaid ended up getting 25 stitches in his neck, yet he showed some serious toughness.  Something that we have seen from this Boston Bruins team this season.

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During Thursdays game against the New York Rangers, the Bruins played hard.  They got on the forecheck and played with toughness getting 33 shots off.  It was one of their better games yet New York Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist played better and kept the puck out of the net.  The Bruins have been a team of hard-knocks.

With physical play and a no fear attitude towards checking.  The Dallas Stars game was memorable for the checking.  It was a game that showed Boston’s physicality.  Boston has been on a roller coaster ride after their win streak.  They need to stay consistent if they want to make it to the playoffs.

I think that they have been lucky dodging injuries.  Patrice Bergeron dodged a bullet after taking a slap shot to the glove.  Yet he was good to go as well for Mondays game.  If the Bruins can stay healthy I believe that they will have no trouble playing physical and making it to the playoffs.  Listen they have been giving up early goals which has been how they have been losing.  If they can buckle down on defense early on they can keep the game close.  Their scoring opportunities have been there and their power play line has been top notch.

They have been beating themselves when they have lost, letting in easy goals in the first period.  Playing from behind is never fun.  What they want to do is spend more time on the forecheck in the opposing zone.  If they can play better in the first period, they can keep it close and make the most out of their scoring opportunities.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Bruins Want To Sign Pastrnak Long-Term

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Boston Bruins Want To Sign David Pastrnak Long-Term According To Team Ownership

The David Pastrnak news continues to swirl around. On Monday we had the ex-NHL gm throwing out a trade rumor, on Tuesday Don Sweeney shot it down. And now on Wednesday, Boston Bruins owner Charlie Jacobs declares the team wants a long-term contract extension.

“There certainly was no intention to trade David,” Jacobs said during an in-studio visit to Fenway Park as part of the 2017 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon. “Our intent is to sign David to a long-term extension.”

As for the Brian Lawton rumor, Jacobs wants to know who his source is.

“I think by virtue of it being the middle of August, some of the writers may feel compelled and come up with something interesting to sell a paper perhaps,” Jacobs offered, “I wanted to ask Brian Lawton who his source was, but I’m not sure he’d give it up.”

Jacobs said there has been no discussions with other teams regarding a Pastrnak trade and continue to publicly state they want a long-term deal.

“We certainly haven’t had any discussions with any other teams about trading David,” Jacobs said. “The only discussions that we’ve had are between David and David’s agent, and frankly conveying just what I shared with you, that our intention is to sign him to a long-term deal.

As for term, the Boston Bruins are thinking 6+ years.

“When I say long term, six or more years, that’s on our radar.”

As for my opinion. I believe the team is still trying to knock out a long-term contract with the young forward. There isn’t alot of trades I would consider. If you move on from him for a forward, that wouldn’t make sense. If you could land a young top of the league defensemen, then I am listening.

A player like Drew Doughty who is in the prime of his career would be a trade I would entertain if I was the Bruins. But I am not sure that type of yield will be out there for Pastrnak. I think one of the biggest issues right now is Pastrnak is asking for an much higher value than the Bruins are comfortable with.

I continue to expect a deal to be signed, sealed, and delivered right at the start of training camp next month.

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Boston Bruins Talk: Sweeney Confirms No Pastrnak Trade, Broadcast Shakeup

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Boston Bruins Talk: Sweeney Confirms No Pastrnak Trade, Broadcast Shakeup

Despite the NHL season being over a month away, there has been a lot of Boston Bruins chatter going on this Tuesday.

On Monday an ex-NHL GM hinted on Twitter that the Bruins might trade restricted free agent forward David Pastrnak. In an email to the Boston Globe, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney strongly denied the rumor with no Pastrnak trade even being considered.

On Pastrnak’s side of things, his agent J.P. Barry believes the dialogue between the two sides has been excellent.

“We will continue to negotiate — we still have lots of time,” Barry said to the Globe. “David prefers to sign a longer term deal with the Bruins.. The negotiations between myself and Don have been very open and both sides understand each other’s positions. Hopefully we can agree on an overall structure that is amenable to both sides in the next month.”

It is worth noting that the Bruins have had a fair amount of dealing with Barry who represents former Boston Bruins players Loui Eriksson and Dougie Hamilton. As I stated yesterday, a potential deal with Pastrnak should be signed around training camp.

Shakeup On The Boston Bruins Broadcasts

On Monday afternoon, NESN announced the hiring of Alex Kraemer as the team’s new rinkside reporter. The previous rinkside reporter, Sarah Nicole Davis, left the network earlier this season after being in the role since 2014.

Kraemer has served as an in-stadium host for the New York City FC of MLS. But don’t worry Boston Bruins fans, she has NHL experience as well. Kraemer has worked as an in-arena host for the Philadelphia Flyers for the past two seasons.

The NESN change-up isn’t the only major broadcast news though for the Boston Bruins. The other news is a shakeup on the radio side of things. Long-time play-by-play man, Dave Goucher of 98.5 The Sports Hub is moving on after 17 years having called Bruins games since 2000.

Goucher’s most memorable call for many is his 2011 Stanley Cup call where he said “Cue the duck boats” celebrating the clubs first championship since 1972.

New Boston Bruins Show

In different new, Trifecta Network announced the name for it’s new Boston Bruins show. It will be called The 7th Floor and will launch sometime next week.

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Former NHL GM Says Pastrnak Could Be Traded

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Boston Bruins Talk: Former NHL GM Says Pastrnak Could Be Traded

The Boston Bruins have yet to resign restricted free agent forward David Pastrnak. This unsigned player has caused quite the stir in the Boston hockey community. Many have speculated the sides are very far apart.

But on Monday a former NHL GM and current NHL Network analyst Brian Lawton suggested on Twitter that the Bruins could be trading Pastrnak due to their current contract issues with the 21-year-old forward.

The analyst also happened to misspell Pastrnak, so there’s that too.

But in all honesty, Lawton isn’t tapped into the Boston Bruins hockey scene. In reality he isn’t that tapped into the NHL in general. But there is of course a real possibility that Pastrnak is traded.

The young forward notched 34 goals last season and should be commanding top dollar. The Bruins have $10 million in cap space to play with, plenty to get a deal with Pastrnak done. Nothing to this point suggests the two sides are having issues communicating and no one has suggested a trade is immanent.

The Boston Bruins had Pastrnak represent them on their China trip last month, nothing seemed wrong with the two sides during its duration. Twitter accounts can literally Tweet out anything. While this is a possibility, it doesn’t seem likely at the moment.

Look for a Pastrnak deal to be done right around the opening of training camp.

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