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Who Should The Bruins Protect In The Expansion Draft

The NHL Expansion Draft is just about a month away, as it will be held on June 21st. Before the Vegas Golden Knights are able to pick their players, there are some rules that everyone needs to follow.

The Rules For Protecting Players:

There are two options for protection:

  1. Seven Forwards, Three Defensemen and one goalie
  2. Eight Skaters (Forward/Defensemen) and one goaltender

Also all players who have a “No Movement” clause automatically have to be protected in the draft. Then all first and second-year pros, and all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection.

Player Exposure Requirements

All teams must meet certain minimum requirements in regards to the players that can be exposed for selection.

  1. One defensemen who is a) under contract in 2017-18, b) played in 40 games or more NHL the prior or played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons
  2. Two forwards, same rule apply from above
  3. One goalie who is under contract in 17-18 or will be a restricted free agent at the exasperation of his current contract immediately prior to 2017-18. If the team elects to make a restricted free agent goalie available in order to meet this requirement, that goalie must have received his qualifying offer prior to the submission of the club’s protected list

Players with a potential career-ending injury or have missed more than the previous 60 consecutive games may not fall under the requirements and are exempt. Vegas will make their picks by 5 pm ET on the 20th and the results will be revealed on the 21st.

Who Vegas Can Pick

  • Las Vegas must select one player from each team. 30 players in total.
  • Vegas must pick 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies.
  • 20 of those players have to be under contract for the 2017-18 season.
  • The team cannot buyout any of the players selected in the Draft earlier than the summer following their first season.

All Teams must have their list of protected players submitted by 5:00 pm ET on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

What Should The Bruins Do

The Bruins will most likely go with option A and protect 7 forwards, three defensemen and 1 goalie.

Seven forwards:

  1. David Krejci “NMC”
  2. Patrice Bergeron “NMC”
  3. David Backes “NMC”
  4. David Pastrnak, he is a great young star that has shown that he could be a top goal scrorer very soon
  5. Brad Marchand, he is under contract until 2025 and is you top goal scorer
  6. Tim Schaller, A solid players that can play wing or his natural center.
  7. Riley Nash, a great 4th line guy that still brings a lot of skill to the game

Three Defensemen:

  1. Zdeno Chara “NMC”
  2. Colin Miller, a young kid with a bunch of upside as he continue to develop
  3. Torey Krug, A great guy to run the PP through and also a solid d-man.

One Goalie:

Tuukka Rask

Up For Grabs:

Forwards:

The most likely guys that Vegas would take would be Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, or possibly Ryan Spooner but Spooner is a RFA this year so they might stay away from him.

Defensemen:

Adam McQuaid or Kevin Miller would be the logical pick if the Knights wanted a defensemen.

Goalies:

Malcolm Subban who has been rumored to be wanted by Vegas and then Anton Khudobin.

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 Rookie Anders Bjork Out Six Months

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The Boston Bruins and Team Physician Dr. Peter announced on Thursday that Anders Bjork will be out for the rest of the season.

Bjork underwent a successful left should arthroscopy and labral repair on February 20, 2018. The surgery was performed by Dr. Peter Asnsi at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Peter states that the expected recovery time is approximately six months.

The 21-year-old left winger has appeared in 30 games this season for Boston and recorded 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points with 6 penalty minutes with a plus-2 rating.

The injury and the timeline mean that Bjork’s season is over.

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Boston Bruins Trade Forward Frank Vatrano

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The Boston Bruins announced on Thursday that General Manager Don Sweeney had traded forward Frank Vatrano to the Flordia Panthers in exchange for a third-round pick.

Vatrano who is now 23-years-old played in 25 games this season for Boston racking up just two goals and 22 penalty minutes. Vatrano did show promise last year with a career-high 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points with 14 penalty minutes in 44 games.

Vatrano has played in parts of three seasons for Boston with his debut season taking place in 2015-16 with the forward playing in 39 games with eight goals and three assists for 11 points with 14 penalty minutes.

He was a hot prospect for Boston and even led the American Hockey League in goals back in 2015-16 by averaging one goal per contest with 36 goals in 36 games. That season he also had three hat tricks and an outstanding 6 multi-goal games at the AHL Level. That year he earned First-Team All-Star honors for Providence.

Vatrano who is a Massachusetts native was originally signed as a free agent by Boston out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on March 13, 2015.

Vatrano was not seeing a whole lot of success for Boston this season and was clearly expendable as showcased in this trade.

At this time it is unclear what the logic was behind the move but we should find out more with Sweeney hosting a media availability on Saturday at the Air Canda Centre in Toronto, ON.

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Boston Bruins Make Championship Caliber Type Of Move

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Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced on Tuesday that the team had acquired defensemen Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Rob O’Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Now I know what many of you are likely thinking. Nick who? Where is the big move? But pace yourself Bruins fans, this is the type of depth acquiring move that many Stanley Cup contenders do in order to bolster their squad.

Holden is a 30-year-old d-man who has played in 55 games for the Rangers in 2018-18 with three goals, nine assists, for 12 points with 14 penalty minutes. Holden had a career year last season playing in 80 games with career highs in all offensive categories with 11 goals, 23 assists, for 34 points with a plus-13 rating. In addition to having a stand out 16-17 regular season Holden added two goals and two assists in 11 postseason games for New York.

Holden played his first three professional seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Rangers on June 26, 2014, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.

O’Gara who the Bruins traded away is 24-years-old and has played in 11 NHL games with Boston over the course of the last 2 seasons. O’Gara played in 43 games with the Providence Bruins in 2017-18 with two goals and six assists with a plus-five rating. He was Boston’s 151st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The move straight up for Holden is a solid one for Sweeney. It provides the Bruins with the defensive depth they need while keeping them flexible moving forward with Holden playing on an expiring contract.

It sures up their left side defensemen depth with a player that can play the penalty kill to reduce some of the high minutes that Zdeno Chara is racking up. This deal seems to take Boston out of the running for landing Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh or any other type of blockbuster trade for a d-man

Holden, a left-shot, has the ability to play either the left or right side adding some flexibility to the roster for Head Coach Bruce Cassidy when making the lineups or even Sweeney if he wanted to move a defensive piece out. Acquiring Holden fixes the depth issue Boston had without giving up anything off of their NHL roster, an impressive feat for Sweeney who opted to make an early trade to avoid paying the NHL trade deadline price.

In theory, Holden will likely pair up with Charlie McAvoy with the potential reunion of Chara and Brandon Carlo possible. But the good thing about Holden is the flexibility, so in theory, Cassidy will have plenty of options to fool around with to find what works and doesn’t work.

This certainly wasn’t the flashy move many were calling for, but it was the smart one. Credit to Don Sweeney.

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