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Boston Bruins Have A Ton Of Work To Do This Off-Season

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Who Should Stay, Who Should Go?

After a more or less disappointing season the Bruins have quite a bit of work in front of them. The Bruins have nine players who are free agents both restricted and Unrestricted.

Restricted

David Pastrnak, Noel Acciari, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner, and Joe Morrow as of June 1.

Unrestricted

Dominic Moore, Drew Stafford, and John-Michael Liles.

Don Sweeney‘s comments

During the season end press conference Sweeney touched on this a bit saying:

“We didn’t make any of that – we went through exit interviews and really just tried to go through the whole season with guys and where they were at and then we’ll sit down as a group and make some decisions,” said Sweeney. “We haven’t made any hard or fast decisions on any one individual as of right now.”

Who To Re-Sign

David Pastrnak for sure. This is a no brainer. He was finally able to get a complete season under his belt. He only missed 7 games with an elbow injury unlike previous years. This season he put up 70 points which is more than I though he would. I had him pegged more around the 60 mark with 25 goals not 34. He should be the first to get an extension.

Then I would try to keep Drew Stafford. I think he played very well in the few games he played as a Bruins. He had 8 points over 18 games. He whole season was a down season as he spent most of it on the fourth line in Winnipeg. Stafford is a four-time 20 goals scorer. He also reached the 30 mark in the 2010-11 season with Buffalo.  He would make a great third line winger.

Then I would say Dominic Moore or Noel Acciari. I like both but there is just not enough room for both guys. I really like how well Moore played this season he is a great fourth line center who has the ability to play third line if needed. Acciari is a kid who has some upside to him but he is always going up and down between here and Providence. I would rather keep Moore for the veteran status and try to move Acciari.

Do Not Re-sign

Spooner, he has not produced like we want him to. Some people blame Claude Julien for that but I say it is time for him to go. He is a good player and I think he will do really well just not here. Also if he leaves this allows David Backes to move back to center as he would take over the third line.

Schaller is another guy who is a good player there is just not enough room on the team for him. I think he needs to go to make room for a guy like Jakob Forsbacka Kalsson. Liles played well when he was called upon but there is no need for him to stay. Especially with the emergence of Charlie McAvoy’s play.

Lastly would be Joe Morrow, the last remnant of the Tyler Seguin trade. He is a good defenseman it is just that he is 7th defenseman good. I guess that puts him in column three, the maybe column. If he comes cheap and there is room on the roster then yes, if not then no.

Quotes from the players

Pasta:

“Obviously I love it here,” said Pastrnak. “This is where I started and where I get the opportunity to play NHL, you know. Obviously this is not something I was focusing on all season, so I’m not going to think about it now.”

Acciari:

“It was a good feeling,” said Acciari, of getting back up with the big club. “It was unfortunate at this point ending as a team, obviously, we wanted to go further than we did, but for myself it was good to see. I gained some confidence in the last games that I was playing, and felt a lot more comfortable out there, and realized that I can play out here.”

Schaller:

“I’d love to stick around,” said Schaller. “But that’s talks to be had soon here, so we’ll see.”

Spooner:

“I’ve been here since I’ve been 18, so it’s been a long time and I just want to help out,” said Spooner.

Spooner knows he can play better and hopes to prove it next season.

“I just need to be better than the last little bit of the season,” said Spooner.

Stafford:

“Absolutely,” said Stafford, of hoping to come back to Boston for the 2017-18 season. “If there’s any kind of a chance, that’s something that I’m definitely into. I know my wife wasn’t able to make it out, but we had talked about it a little bit as a possibility and that’s something that obviously Sweens and my agent, if they feel like moving forward, it could be a good fit, then we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

Moore:

“So it was an honor to be a part of that and we’ll see what happens going forward, but I enjoyed my time for sure and we’ll see what happens,” said Moore.

Liles:

“We’ll see. I’ve kind of taken it a year at a time. I’m not going to get too concerned with what’s going to happen here in the next few months,” said Liles. “It was great to get back into the playoffs.

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 Already Having Injury Problem

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Bruins Injury Updates Have Begun

Today GM Don Sweeney has given an update on a few injured players.

Matt Beleskey who which is not a big deal since he might not even make the team is day-to-day with a foot contusion. This happened is the B’s last preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens

Jakub Forsbacka Karlsson is day-to-day as well with an upper-body injury that he received in the game against Detroit on September 19th. Hopefully, this is nothing because he was a kid that was slotted to make a roster spot.

Last is Torrey Krug who will be out for at least three weeks pending a re-evaluation at that time. He was hit in the jaw with the puck and suffered a non-displaced fracture. It occurred in the game against Detroit.

Also on another note, the team has sent Jack Studnicka and Kyle Keyser back to the OHL.

The biggest injury is with JFK, now some may say Krug but I think the B’s can find a replacement for him. McAvoy will most likely take over on the power play and maybe this opens the door for a guy like Rob O’Gara or Matt Grzelcyk. Other than these few hiccups Boston should be a fun team to watch this season. Especially if they stay as young as they have in camp and the preseason games.

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Boston Bruins Take Down Montreal In Preseason Game 1

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Bruins Grab First Win Of The Preseason

Boston took on the Canadiens last night in Quebec City and came out with a victory. Last nights team was all about the kids. Unfortnitally the game was not aired on TV in Boston. the Bruins defeated Montreal 3-2.

From what I have read from people that saw the game is that the kids were very impressive. Tim Schaller, Anders Bjork, and Jesse Gabrielle were the goal scorers. As the whole, the team seems like they are in a good spot to be competitive this season. Especially with all of the prospects on the roster that are eyeing a spot in the big club.

The most impressive was last years NCAA Hobey Baker Finalist Anders Bjork. Bjork scored his first goal in a Bruins uniform last night. Also, the word on the street is that his chemistry with the team is growing. Look for him to grab a top-six spot on the roster heading into the season.

Here is Anders Bjork on his first goal in. A very hockey guy answer:

 

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