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Boston Bruins Fall To Ottawa In The First Round And A Look Ahead At The Teams Future

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What Should The B’s Do From Here?

The Boston Bruins fell to the Ottawa Senators in overtime last night. This loss knocked them out of the playoffs.

This series was just so evenly matched that each game was decided by only a single goal. Four of the six games went to overtime and one went to double overtime. There were positives and negatives that came out of the series. I will name a few and break them down.

Positives:

Charlie McAvoy:

He was unbelievable in this series. I know I was the one to say that he should not have played in the playoffs because it would hurt his development. On that I can say that I was wrong. This kid is an absolute stud. He played in all six games and averaged 25 minutes of ice time. McAvoy recorded three assists and five shots as well  and finished the series a minus 2.

McAvoy proved that he is ready to play in the NHL. He has some of the best hockey IQ I have seen in a while. He was rarely out of position which is a lot to say about a 19-year-old. I never saw him make many stupid plays. There was one I think it was game three when he screened Tuukka Rask on a Ottawa goal. But that happens so not that big of a mistake.

I would say look to see him get slotted down to second pairing when Brandon Carlo returns for next season.

Roster Depth:

Boston proved that they have depth in their roster with all of the injuries. We saw that the future for the defense is set, with guys like Charlie McAvoy and Colin Miller, and I would put Joe Morrow in there as well. Morrow is a great 7th d-man that could possibly turn into a 3rd line guy. We saw that even with Noel Acciari and David Krejci hurt the Bruins were able to find a guy to fill the whole. The Bruins have a problem that is good to have and that is they have a surplus amount of players. Look to see some players get moved before next season.

Negatives:

Veterans did not show up:

The Bruins loss the series because the guys that needed to show up did not. Brad Marchand only had two points in the series. Patrice Bergeron, David Backes and David Pastrnak all did not play at their best. Pasta had only 2 goals and had like 30 plus attempted shot with only 10 of them actually hitting the net. Also Zdeno Chara did not play well at all. I know he played more minutes than he should have but he still only had one assist and was a minus three. Overall the Bruins did not play very well in the series. I think they deserved to lose.

Discipline

The other thing that haunted the B;s was their inability to stay out of the box. The teams discipline was just awful. One game Zdeno Chara shot the puck over the glass for delay of game. The Senators went on to win that game. David Pastrnak committed a penalty last night and the Sens went on to win the series. Now Pasta does take full responsibility for the loss. Their penalty kill was decent but when you give the other team that many power play opportunities.

Up Next

The Bruins have a ton of choices to make. What do they do with Charlie McAvoy? They need to get a contract worked out with Pastrnak and does Bruce Cassidy stay as head Coach. I say sign Pastrnak to three year contract maybe four but no more. Realistically he will probably get 7 or 8 years because Don Sweeney is smart and does not want to lose a player like that. Then keep Cassidy as he proved that he has what it takes to win here in Boston. Boston has a bright future with all of the kids that are apart of the organization. Boston may be going younger and we may see a few of the kids next season. One for sure is McAvoy and the other is most likely JFK.

Also the Bruins have the expansion draft to worry about. They will be allowed to keep 8 skaters and a goalie.

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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