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Boston Bruins Rumor: Team Interested In Duchene and Landeskog



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 Going Down Quick, Spooner and McQuaid Hurt



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The Boston Bruins season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan so far. As of the writing of this post the team is 2-3 on their season. Not exactly a deep hole, but the way they have gotten to it is mildly concerning.

Injuries have plagued the team thus far with players like Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, and Torey Krug missing time to start the season. But on Sunday the injuries continued to pile up with forward Ryan Spooner and defensemen Adam McQuaid going down against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Spooner went down in the second period having suffered a lower-body injury after just 6:42 ice time. In five games he has one assist as the primary third line center. If Spooner is down for an extended period of time it looks like Austin Czarnik will get the first crack in his place. This year is crucial to Spooner’s career with it likely being his last real shot at proving himself to Boston.

Spooner’s injury was not realized on TV and was only noticed after the second period was concluded. McQuaid, on the other hand, was visibly in pain and had to be helped off the ice. McQuaid went down in the third period after going to block a Colin Miller slap shot that hit him in the inner knee.

The Boston Bruins have until Thursday to get ready for their next game which will be against the Vancouver Canucks at home in TD Garden.

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Boston Bruins Defeat The Arizona Coyotes End Losing Streak



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Boston Bruins Veterans Respond to Bruce Cassidy‘s Call Out And Step Up

Boston came into this game looking to end a two-game losing streak. Once again Patrice Bergeron was absent from the roster. This was a must-win game.

The game started off really bad. The team looked terrible. Passes were not connecting the breakouts were atrocious. first period summary in one word. Awful. Luckily the B’s were able to salvage a goal off David Pastrnak‘s hip.

Then is the second it was like a completely different team. Not sure what Bruce said in that locker room but it sure worked. Boston came out in full scoring just 1:39 into the second with a power play goal from Jake Debrusk. Zdeno Chara followed up Debrusk just a few minutes later with a goal of his own to give the Bruins a two-goal lead. This was Chara’s third point of the night. The goal also put him on a list of legends. The list is Bruins Players who have scored at the age of 40. The other being Johnny “the chief” Bucyk, Mark Recchi, and Jaromir Jagr.

After that, the teams continued to trade chances as both goalies came up big. Brad Marchand then found himself on a breakaway and put the team up three with the B’s fourth goal of the game. The Black and Gold were able to hold the Coyotes and head into the third with a nice three-goal cushion.

The third was relatively quiet for most of it. Arizona had some pressure early on but Anton Khidobin made some key saves. Chances were traded by both teams the Arizona went on the power play late in the third and got a goal back from Oliver Eckman-Larsson.

23 seconds later Tim Schaller answered with another B’s goal to keep a three-goal lead. Boston then goes on the power play and put the nail in the coffin with a goal from Anders Bjork. This is Bjork’s first career goal.

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The Bruins will head to Vegas to take on the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time. The game is at 7 pm and will be broadcast on NESN and 98.5 the Sports Hub.

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Boston Bruins Season Just Started No Need To Jump Ship



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The Fans Need To Relax

Boston Bruins fans have already started to jump ship after just three games. It is only three games and it the start of the season. We knew this could happen. Can the Bruins find their game?

Off To A Tough Start

The main problem is the B’s have been missing star center and “captain” Patrice Bergeron to a lower-body injury. Bergeron has been the centerpiece of the team for a long time now. The only problem with that is he is getting old. His age and injury history is starting to put more pressure on other guys like Ryan Spooner, David Krejci who also has a history of injuries as well as being up there in age and the rookies. This has shown in the past two games against Colorado, especially defensively.

This a very young Bruins team, the average would be on of the lowest in the league if it was not for old guys like Zdeno Chara and David Backes. Which means mistakes are going to happen. Now, these mistakes have to lead to two loses but that does not mean that this is a bad team. We need to remember that this is Bruce Cassidy first full year as Head coach. He and the players need to build confidence in each other as well as the players with the other players. Hockey is a game of chemistry and the Bruins are clearly lacking some.

What also has not helped them is the missing David Backes who would have served as the number one center in place of Bergy. With him out the B’s are really lacking that veteran leadership on the ice and in the locker room. This has made Cassidy make a bunch of line switches which messes with the chemistry.

This lack of chemistry is what has led to the defensive breakdowns and the missed passes and goals. Now is not the time to jump ship tough as it is still early and the team is developing that chemistry. Bergeron is rumored ready to go for Saturday so if that happens it should bring a spark to the lineup.

When To Panic

The time to panic would be late November early December and the ten is under .500. Then Panic and jump ship. When the defense continues to be sub-par. These past two games the defense has just not been there leaving Tuukka Rask out to dry. There has been to many second opportunities for the opposing team.

The offense is not doing any better. The forwards seem to lack sharpness in their play. The passes are often not on target and not crisp. Hopefully the Black and Gold can get their act together sooner rather than later. This is starting to become a very interesting season.

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