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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 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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