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Boston Bruins Expansion Draft Plans: Sell Vegas On Hayes

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The NHL Expansion Draft Is One Week Away And The Boston Bruins Expansion Draft Plans Are Sell Vegas On Hayes

With the NHL Expansion in Las Vegas only one week away we make our picks as we try and get inside the mind of Don Sweeney. The Expansion Draft will take place on June 21st in Las Vegas. Also The NHL awards will be taking place as well as a reveal for the new Jersey designs from Adidas, and the NHL 18 video game official trailer.

For a full explanation of the draft rules click here.

My Picks

I would choose 7 forwards 3 defenseman and 1 goalie method of protection due to a no movement clause (NMC) from other players. Luckily for the Bruins most of their prospects are exempt from the draft.

Forwards:

  1. David Krejci, NMC
  2. Patrice Bergeron, NMC
  3. Brad Marchand, NMC
  4. David Backes, NMC
  5. David Pastrnak
  6. Riley Nash
  7. Tim Schaller, assuming he gets resigned.

Defensemen:

  1. Zdeno Chara, NMC
  2. Torey Krug
  3. Colin Miller

Goalie:

  1. Tuukka Rask

If I Was Vegas

I would most likely take Adam McQuaid because he is a solid d-man that you can build a solid d core with. He will also come cheap and leave the team open to spend more money elsewhere like a goalie or a goal scorer.

Tanner Rebelo’s Take:

With the non-asking of players to waive their NMC’s, the Boston Bruins have already picked 5 players of the 7-3-1 format. That doesn’t mean the remaining spots will be easy for Don Sweeney and Cam Neely. They have an unique opportunity to remove one player/contract from their roster if they chose their cards right.

Of course Vegas will only pick one unprotected player from Boston, but if done correctly Boston can make Vegas pick one particular player, Jimmy Hayes.

Below is who I would protect if I was the Boston Bruins:

Forwards:

  1. David Krejci, NMC
  2. Patrice Bergeron, NMC
  3. Brad Marchand, NMC
  4. David Backes, NMC
  5. David Pastrnak
  6. Matt Beleskey
  7. Riley Nash

Defensemen:

  1. Zdeno Chara NMC
  2. Torey Krug
  3. Colin Miller

Goaltender:

  1. Tuukka Rask

Protecting these players make the following available for Vegas to select:

Forwards:

  1. Jimmy Hayes
  2. Ryan Spooner
  3. Tim Schaller

Defensemen:

  1. Adam McQuaid
  2. Kevan Miller

Goaltenders:

  1. Malcolm Subban
  2. Anton Khudobin

Let’s face it losing Spooner is not the end of the world, so here is what I propose. A Bruins trade to Vegas including Ryan Spooner with the condition that they select the unprotected Jimmy Hayes in the expansion draft. This is easier said then done, but floating Spooner out to Vegas to have them snatch Hayes is a smart way to clear Hayes cap hit and use it to help clear room for a player like Jonas Brodin or Landeskog via a trade.

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 Recall Jordan Szwarz From Providence

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The Boston Bruins recalled forward Jordan Szwarz from the AHL Providence Bruins on Friday per General Manager Don Sweeney.

Szwarz’s recall is strictly on an emergency basis. The 26-year-old forward has three assists in 10 games with Boston in 2017-18 with the majority of his playing time this season coming in Providence.

For the P-Bruins he has a team-high 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points with an impressive plus-25 rating in 34 games.

Szwarz who is from Burlington, Ontario has appeared in 45 career NHL games tallying four goals and three assists for seven points with 21 penalty minutes.

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Boston Bruins Need To Stay Away From Ryan McDonagh

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Bruins Need To Look To Future And Not The Now

Recently the talks between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins about a trade involving Rick Nash and/or Ryan McDonagh have heated up. Now, these would be great players to add to this team if that is the direction the team wanted to go. The only problem is that Sweeney and Neely have been pushing for youth. If this is the case then it should stay that way.

Also, it seems like the asking price for either of the two is Carlo a prospect and a high-round (1st or 2nd) pick. That is too much for two guys getting closer to the end of their career than the start. McDonagh is 28, Nash is 33. Both are a bit too old for the direction the Bruins want to go. The league is all about youth right now. Right now the Bruins have that and a lot of it.

This is also why some people do not see this as a problem. The problem is that they may be obliged to make a move. Thre is no need to make a move if there is no reason for one. Boston Has improved their defensive game a ton this year and bringing a new guy could mess with that.

I do not want to see the Bruins try and win now just because they are hot. I do not think they could beat the Capitals, Lightning or Pittsburg at this point in a series. Also, the Bruins are still a bit behind top teams in the west. An entire series with one would be difficult to come out on top. They should just stick with what they have and plan for the future.

Boston will still be able to make a decent playoff push this year but all the way seems like a bit of a stretch. The cup within the next five years is within reach if they stay the course.

All we can do is hope that Cam and Don decide to do the right thing when they are called upon.

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Boston Bruins Should Stay Quiet At Trade Deadline

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Boston Bruins Have Some Decision Making To Do With Pending

Trade Deadline

Boston Bruins this year have impressed many and surprised even more with their success. The thought of the club being second in the Atlantic was not even though at the beginning of the year. Patrice Bergeron and the B’s have found some chemistry and have been winning left and right including an 18 game point streak. Now comes the question of do they make a trade? Trades are not always made to better the team but as we have seen the B’s so many times they are used to free up some money.

The Bruins are tight on money, The biggest issue is David Krejci at $7.25 million and Torey Krug at $5.25 million. These are the two players taking a ton of cap space with not a great return. While Krejci is having a better year than last his play has been falling off for years. Then with Krug his play in his own end has seems to be getting worse. Krug is a zero on the plus/minus scale while Zdeno Chara is plus 27, and Chara plays a ton of PK.

Trade Rumors

There have been whispers that the Bruins are talking with Ryan McDonagh as well as Edmonton Oilers Winger Patrick Maroon. Maroon, absolutely not he is the wrong direction the team wants to go. With McDonagh maybe if the price is right. The only way is if Krug McQuaid and/or Miller is moved. Matt Grzelcyk has proved that he deserves a spot on this team while Krug has blundered. Look for Krug to be shopped if the B’s do want to make a move.

Trading Block:

Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Jake Debrusk, Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, Danton Heinen, Torey Krug, David Krejci with the waive of his no-move clause.

This team should stick with what they have and make it better rather than trading for a rental and going out early. Neeley and Sweeny have said time and time again they want the kids to play. So far so good, and why change something that is not broken.

Tanner’s Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara

I am not sold on this years team and think Don Sweeney should be focused on winning later rather than getting bounced early now.

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