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Boston Bruins Prospects Showcased At Upcoming NCAA Tournament



The Bruins Will Be Well Represented At The NCAA Tourney

Boston Bruins have six of their prospects in this years 2107 NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament. The Tournament begins this weekend.

Anders Bjork (Norte Dame): Before we get to the tournament, Bjork is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker award as college hockey’s best player. Unfortunately for Bjork and the Fighting Irish lost to UMass Lowell in the Hockey-East semifinals last weekend but they are still in the tournament but just barley. Notre Dame is the 13 seed. Bjork and the Irish will face a tough team in Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Game will take place for the Northeast Regional on Friday at 3:30 pm in Manchester, New Hampshire. Game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Bjork lead Norte Dame with 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists). He is in his Junior year and was selected in the 2014 Draft in the fifth-round. If he plays well in the tourney look to see him on the Bruins next season. Bjork another forward who will bring a scoring touch and depth the Bruins.

Charlie McAvoy and JFK (Boston University): The terriers fell to Boston College in the semifinals of the Hockey-East Tournament 3-2. Even with the loss BU enters the tourney as the seventh seed. They will take on North Dakota, Friday at 3 and that game will be aired on ESPN2.

JFK is third on the terriers in points with 32 and second in goals with 13. Forsbacka-Karlsson was a 2105 second-round pick. JFK will be af force to reckon with and I could see him as a solid third line winger to start with plenty of potential. McAvoy was pick 14th overall in last June’s Draft. He was named as a Hockey-East All Star last week. This season McAvoy had four goals and 20 assists through 36 games in his Sophomore year. Charlie has the potential to be a top 2 D-man but we will have to wait and see.

Ryan Donato and Wiley Sherman (Harvard): Harvard will enter this years tourney as the second seed. Harvard also took down Rivals Cornell in the ECAC championship.

Donato who has had a spectacular season had two goals while Sherman had an assist in the victory.

Donato a second-round pick in ’14 has 20 goals, and 38 points this season in only 33 games. He was also a plus 16 on the season. I could see Donato be slotted into the top 6 once he makes the move to the Bruins. Sherman (’13 fifth-round) had no goals and 12 assists in 33 games. Sherman in a 6’7” defenseman who will be a solid shutdown d-man. He was a plus 18 this season.

The two will face Providence at 4 on Friday. Game can be seen on ESPNU.

Ryan Lindgren (Minnesota) 

Lindgren and the gophers fell to Pen State in double-overtime in the Big Ten Tournament last Friday. The game marked the longest in Conference history. Minnesota will face Bjork and the Irish.

Lindgren who was selected in the second-round in 2016 will unfortunately miss the tourney with a lower-leg injury. The injury came in the Gophers final regular season games. During the regular season he scored one goal and added six assists in his first year with the Gophers in 32 games. Do not look to see him anytime soon as he has plenty to learn.

End of the season for some: Boston College’s Ryan Fitzgerald season came to an end when they fell to UMass Lowell in the Hockey-East Finals. BC needed to win this game in order to make it into the NCAA tournament. He was a fourth-round pick in 2013. Since he will not play in the tournament his collegiate career has come to an end. This season he scored 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points, fourth on BC. Fitzgerald could possibly play for the team next season, he will help add some depth to a team that is in need a good players.

Also Trent Frederic and Cameron Hughes from Wisconsin also fell to Penn State in double-overtime, of the Big-Ten title game. Frederic 29th overall pick in 2016 finished his first year with 15 goals, 18 assists for 33 points, ranking him second on the Badgers in goals and points. Hughes a sixth rounder in 2015 finished his Junior year, potting seven goals, 25 assists for 32 points(third on team).

Cam Clarke of Ferris State also finished his freshman year with one goal and 10 assists. He was a fifth rounder in 2016.

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 Want To Sign Pastrnak Long-Term



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Boston Bruins Want To Sign David Pastrnak Long-Term According To Team Ownership

The David Pastrnak news continues to swirl around. On Monday we had the ex-NHL gm throwing out a trade rumor, on Tuesday Don Sweeney shot it down. And now on Wednesday, Boston Bruins owner Charlie Jacobs declares the team wants a long-term contract extension.

“There certainly was no intention to trade David,” Jacobs said during an in-studio visit to Fenway Park as part of the 2017 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon. “Our intent is to sign David to a long-term extension.”

As for the Brian Lawton rumor, Jacobs wants to know who his source is.

“I think by virtue of it being the middle of August, some of the writers may feel compelled and come up with something interesting to sell a paper perhaps,” Jacobs offered, “I wanted to ask Brian Lawton who his source was, but I’m not sure he’d give it up.”

Jacobs said there has been no discussions with other teams regarding a Pastrnak trade and continue to publicly state they want a long-term deal.

“We certainly haven’t had any discussions with any other teams about trading David,” Jacobs said. “The only discussions that we’ve had are between David and David’s agent, and frankly conveying just what I shared with you, that our intention is to sign him to a long-term deal.

As for term, the Boston Bruins are thinking 6+ years.

“When I say long term, six or more years, that’s on our radar.”

As for my opinion. I believe the team is still trying to knock out a long-term contract with the young forward. There isn’t alot of trades I would consider. If you move on from him for a forward, that wouldn’t make sense. If you could land a young top of the league defensemen, then I am listening.

A player like Drew Doughty who is in the prime of his career would be a trade I would entertain if I was the Bruins. But I am not sure that type of yield will be out there for Pastrnak. I think one of the biggest issues right now is Pastrnak is asking for an much higher value than the Bruins are comfortable with.

I continue to expect a deal to be signed, sealed, and delivered right at the start of training camp next month.

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Boston Bruins Talk: Sweeney Confirms No Pastrnak Trade, Broadcast Shakeup



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Boston Bruins Talk: Sweeney Confirms No Pastrnak Trade, Broadcast Shakeup

Despite the NHL season being over a month away, there has been a lot of Boston Bruins chatter going on this Tuesday.

On Monday an ex-NHL GM hinted on Twitter that the Bruins might trade restricted free agent forward David Pastrnak. In an email to the Boston Globe, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney strongly denied the rumor with no Pastrnak trade even being considered.

On Pastrnak’s side of things, his agent J.P. Barry believes the dialogue between the two sides has been excellent.

“We will continue to negotiate — we still have lots of time,” Barry said to the Globe. “David prefers to sign a longer term deal with the Bruins.. The negotiations between myself and Don have been very open and both sides understand each other’s positions. Hopefully we can agree on an overall structure that is amenable to both sides in the next month.”

It is worth noting that the Bruins have had a fair amount of dealing with Barry who represents former Boston Bruins players Loui Eriksson and Dougie Hamilton. As I stated yesterday, a potential deal with Pastrnak should be signed around training camp.

Shakeup On The Boston Bruins Broadcasts

On Monday afternoon, NESN announced the hiring of Alex Kraemer as the team’s new rinkside reporter. The previous rinkside reporter, Sarah Nicole Davis, left the network earlier this season after being in the role since 2014.

Kraemer has served as an in-stadium host for the New York City FC of MLS. But don’t worry Boston Bruins fans, she has NHL experience as well. Kraemer has worked as an in-arena host for the Philadelphia Flyers for the past two seasons.

The NESN change-up isn’t the only major broadcast news though for the Boston Bruins. The other news is a shakeup on the radio side of things. Long-time play-by-play man, Dave Goucher of 98.5 The Sports Hub is moving on after 17 years having called Bruins games since 2000.

Goucher’s most memorable call for many is his 2011 Stanley Cup call where he said “Cue the duck boats” celebrating the clubs first championship since 1972.

New Boston Bruins Show

In different new, Trifecta Network announced the name for it’s new Boston Bruins show. It will be called The 7th Floor and will launch sometime next week.

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Former NHL GM Says Pastrnak Could Be Traded



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Boston Bruins Talk: Former NHL GM Says Pastrnak Could Be Traded

The Boston Bruins have yet to resign restricted free agent forward David Pastrnak. This unsigned player has caused quite the stir in the Boston hockey community. Many have speculated the sides are very far apart.

But on Monday a former NHL GM and current NHL Network analyst Brian Lawton suggested on Twitter that the Bruins could be trading Pastrnak due to their current contract issues with the 21-year-old forward.

The analyst also happened to misspell Pastrnak, so there’s that too.

But in all honesty, Lawton isn’t tapped into the Boston Bruins hockey scene. In reality he isn’t that tapped into the NHL in general. But there is of course a real possibility that Pastrnak is traded.

The young forward notched 34 goals last season and should be commanding top dollar. The Bruins have $10 million in cap space to play with, plenty to get a deal with Pastrnak done. Nothing to this point suggests the two sides are having issues communicating and no one has suggested a trade is immanent.

The Boston Bruins had Pastrnak represent them on their China trip last month, nothing seemed wrong with the two sides during its duration. Twitter accounts can literally Tweet out anything. While this is a possibility, it doesn’t seem likely at the moment.

Look for a Pastrnak deal to be done right around the opening of training camp.

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