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Boston Bruins Rumor: Team Interested In Duchene and Landeskog

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Boston Bruins Rumor: Team Interested In Colorado Avalanche Forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog

With the Stanley Cup playoffs coming to end in the next couple of days and the NHL expansion draft on the horizon we are starting to see a pickup in the offseason hockey cooler talk in Boston.

Earlier this week there was a rumor linking the Boston Bruins to Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin who the Wild could risk losing to Las Vegas for nothing in the expansion draft. Today though the rumor brings up an old one from this past seasons NHL trade deadline.

The Colorado Avalanche have two forwards in Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog who could use a change in scenery and with the expansion draft incoming the Aves risk losing one of them to Vegas for nothing. So in there mind why not see if a team is willing to give them something for one or both of these forwards.

The Bruins have had immense interest in Duchene and Landeskog with previous well noted trade talks occurring this previous season. The trade talks then stalled out after Colorado wanted young Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo as a centerpiece for any deal. But now with this expansion draft the pressure to move on of these forwards for something of value is mounting in Colorado.

Duchene is under contract for the next two seasons at a $6 million cap hit, this past season the 26-year-old scored 18 goals in a 41-point season and has the capability to play both the center and the left wing position offering any acquiring team some versatility. Two seasons ago Duchene scored over 30-goals and certainly has the capability to do it again if he is put on the right line, which could be in Boston alongside a center like Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, or David Krejci.

The Canadiens, Senators, and Kings are just a few of the teams that have been previously linked to Duchene.

Landeskog on the other hand has been connected to the Bruins more times than I can count on my fingers, but this could be the right moment for Colorado to pull the trigger and send the forward to Boston after the disappointing campaign he had in 2016-17 where he scored 18 goals and 33 points in 72 games. Landeskog has seen his point totals drop for three straight seasons and his value to Colorado continues to diminish and what they could get in return is not what it once was.

With Landeskog though you have a relatively young forward at 24-years-old who under the right conditions can be a really good top 6 forward in the NHL. He is under contract till 2021 at a $5.571 million cap hit and has the potential to succeed for a winning hockey team which Colorado wasn’t.

Leading up to the expansion draft you will likely see a flurry of trade rumors and potential actual trades go down with teams trying to avoid losing talented players for nothing. You could also see teams trade draft picks to Vegas to avoid them from taking a particular player who might be unprotected.

Stay tuned here on Trifecta Network for who we would protect if we were Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Bruins Make Championship Caliber Type Of Move

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Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced on Tuesday that the team had acquired defensemen Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Rob O’Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Now I know what many of you are likely thinking. Nick who? Where is the big move? But pace yourself Bruins fans, this is the type of depth acquiring move that many Stanley Cup contenders do in order to bolster their squad.

Holden is a 30-year-old d-man who has played in 55 games for the Rangers in 2018-18 with three goals, nine assists, for 12 points with 14 penalty minutes. Holden had a career year last season playing in 80 games with career highs in all offensive categories with 11 goals, 23 assists, for 34 points with a plus-13 rating. In addition to having a stand out 16-17 regular season Holden added two goals and two assists in 11 postseason games for New York.

Holden played his first three professional seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Rangers on June 26, 2014, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.

O’Gara who the Bruins traded away is 24-years-old and has played in 11 NHL games with Boston over the course of the last 2 seasons. O’Gara played in 43 games with the Providence Bruins in 2017-18 with two goals and six assists with a plus-five rating. He was Boston’s 151st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The move straight up for Holden is a solid one for Sweeney. It provides the Bruins with the defensive depth they need while keeping them flexible moving forward with Holden playing on an expiring contract.

It sures up their left side defensemen depth with a player that can play the penalty kill to reduce some of the high minutes that Zdeno Chara is racking up. This deal seems to take Boston out of the running for landing Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh or any other type of blockbuster trade for a d-man

Holden, a left-shot, has the ability to play either the left or right side adding some flexibility to the roster for Head Coach Bruce Cassidy when making the lineups or even Sweeney if he wanted to move a defensive piece out. Acquiring Holden fixes the depth issue Boston had without giving up anything off of their NHL roster, an impressive feat for Sweeney who opted to make an early trade to avoid paying the NHL trade deadline price.

In theory, Holden will likely pair up with Charlie McAvoy with the potential reunion of Chara and Brandon Carlo possible. But the good thing about Holden is the flexibility, so in theory, Cassidy will have plenty of options to fool around with to find what works and doesn’t work.

This certainly wasn’t the flashy move many were calling for, but it was the smart one. Credit to Don Sweeney.

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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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