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Boston Bruins Rumors: Could Be Renting One Of These Top Free Agents

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There Are Some Top Free Agent Rentals Out There That Could Help Boston Get Over The Hump

Since The NHL Expansion last week we have seen many big free agents not get any offers from their teams. Some of them ended up in Vegas. Now I do not think that the Bruins should go get a rental. This list is who should they get if they do want a rental.

This is the list of the top wingers that could be in a Bruins uniform this season:

Patrick Marleau, SJS:

Marleau (38) is a guy who possibly up until now has played his entire career with one team. the San Jose Sharks have not offered him another contract at this point and it looks like they will let him go after 19 seasons with the team.

Last season he had 46 points in 82 games, that was his 14 season with 20 or more goals. In his career Marleau is the sharks all time leader in goals (508), points (1,082) and games played (1,493). He is also a stud in the postseason as he has 120 points in 177 career postseason games.

Boston would be a perfect fit for this guy. He brings both a scoring touch and that physicality that we love here in Boston. Marleau like all the guys on this list bring that veteran knowledge of the game and would be a big help to the prospects in the team. He would be the best guy to get in my opinion that may help the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup and dare I say it even win.

Justin Williams, WSH:

Williams (36) just finished his second season with Washington. He had 52 points in 2015-16 season and 48 last season. He is also a great guy for the playoffs as he has 94 points in 140 playoff games. Williams is always a guy that brings his best in the playoffs. Another thing is that he a three-time Stanley Cup Champion. He won with Carolina and LA.

In his career he has 682 points in 1080 games. Williams would be the second guy on my list if I were Sweeney and I was looking for a veteran winger. Again he bring veteran knowledge and he has plenty of postseason experience. Williams like Marleau would bring both the physical and goal scoring touch to the Bruins. I would love for him to be here but the price has to be right.

Radim Vrbata, ARI:

Vrbata, 36, scored 55 points in 81 games last season with the Arizona Coyotes. He has scored 20 or more goals in the past five season. Vrbata is another guy who has bounced around the league ut always seems to fit in wherever he ends up. In his career he has played in 1015 games with 609 points.

He seems most likely to stick with Arizona but I think he is going to shop the market. The Bruins have been linked to him before in the past so it seems like he would want to play here. He would be my third pick on the list if I had to pick. The reason for third is that he does not bring the playoff experience that the others on the list do.

Jarome Iginla, LAK:

Iginla,who will be 40 as of July 1, is a guy who has spent time on the Bruins before in 2013-14 season. In that season he had 61 points in 78 games. The main reason for him leaving was money, as at that time the Bruins had cap issues.

Last season he spent time with both the Colorado Avalanche and LA Kings and scored 27 points in 80 games. Iginla spent most of his career 16 season to be exact with the Calgary Flames. He is the all time leader in goals (525)points (1095) and games played (1,219) for the Flames.

Also he is tied for 15th all time in goals with 625. The only thing missing from this future hall of famer’s resume is a Stanley Cup.

As we have seen in the past, Iginla can fit in with the Bruins. He would bring, like many other guys both physical part of the game as well as the ability to score and create plays. the big question is what is his price.

Thomas Vanek, FLA

Vanek (33 years-old), seems to be the Bruins killer is a guy that always played his best against the Bruins. Vanek is a very good winger and was a top one earlier in his career. Last season he played in 68 games with the Panthers and Detroit Red Wings, scoring 48 points. In his career he has appeared in 885 games and has tallied 697 points.

He would be a great guy to have that would help the Bruins get over the edge and make a deep playoff run. If he were to play he would most likely play with Patrice Bergeron.

Jaromir Jagr, FLA:

Jagr who has already been with the Bruins would be a great addition depending on the contract. I would not be opposed to a one year deal with no more than $2.5 million. The reason is that Jagr is 45 years old. He is still playing with guys that looked up to him when they were kids. For example I am sure that another free agent David Pastrnak used to look up to Jagr as a kid.

Jagr played 82 games for Florida and scored 46 points. Now when he was in Boston for that short time he manged to hit the post almost every time he shot the puck. If there was a stat for hit posts I am pretty sure he took the gold in that stat for that season. In his 26 years he has accumulated  1,914 points which is second all time. He is behind one and that one is Wayne Gretzky who has 2,857. Jagr is the all time leader in-game winning goals with 135. He is also a two-time Stanley Cup Champion.

As we have seen before he is a great addition to the team that needs a top 6 forward. Also he is a future hall of famer and will be able to help the team in both presence and skill as he may be old but he is still at the top of his game.

Patrick Sharp, DAL:

Sharp, 35, was limited last season with concision issues and only had 18 points. Sharp is another three-time Stanley Cup Champion to done this list. He won all three with the Chicago Blackhawks. Sharp has played 15 years in the NHL accumulating 599 points in 869 games.

I do not see him really fitting in with the Bruins style of play. Also I think he would cost too much and want more than a one-year deal.

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 Should Stick With The Hot Hand Of Anton Khudobin

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Dobby may have stolen the Starting Gig From Tuukka Rask

The Boston Bruins have been under a ton of scrutiny since the beginning of the season. One of the issues was, are the kids going to be any good, the other is what is the goaltending situation going to look like. That question has become easier in the past couple of games.

This season we have seen Tuukka Rask Struggle. Many are now questioning if he is an elite goalie still. The only problem with that is that he was never an elite goalie. During his time of success here he had a phenomenal defense in front of him. Now not so much except it seems that backup Anton Khudobin has not had a problem with the defense. Khudobin not only has the wins to deserve the starting role, he has the numbers as well.

In the month of November Tuukka Rask has played in 6 games. In those six games, his save percentage is a .898 and a save percentage of a 2.86.  On the season he has a 2.89 total save percentage in 12 games. The league leader among starters is Sergei Bobrovsky with a 2.02. Then we look at Dobby’s past 3 games in November where he has posted a .949 save percentage and 1.66 GAA.

Dobby has shown that he is still a viable back-up and right now he may even be the starter. Las game against the sharks he only allowed one goal and after being bombarded by 18 shots. In three of his last five games, Khudobin has allowed one goal.

Bostons next game on Wednesday against the red-hot Devils who currently sit in the first place if the Metropolitan division. Bruce Cassidy mat indeed elects Khudobin to be the starter but he as eluded that Tukkaa Rask will get the start. This would be a bad play. The starter should always go to the guy ho is hot not the guy that is supposed to be a top 10 goaltender.

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Boston Bruins Season Is Falling Apart Faster Than It Is Coming Together

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Boston Bruins Stricken With Injuries As More Added To List

Boston Bruins are a team that has nothing positive going for them at the moment. Injury after injury has left the team scratching their head questioning what to do next. Bruce Cassidy has announced that both Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand will not travel with the team.

David Krejci will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip. This brings a small amount of light to a team with much darkness.

This is probably the biggest loss yet as Brad Marchand has 15 points in 14 games. Then Bjork a rookie who cemented his spot on the top line in training camp has 9 points already. Boston has already dug into the reserves in Providence with Danton Heinen and Jordan Swarz.

Now, these guys have played well since getting the call-up but a guy like Marchand is not replaceable. Hopefully, Providence is able to spare a couple more players or there might be a trade looming near. Providence is a team chalk full of young talent lucky for Boston except the well is starting to run dry. The Baby Bruins will soon run into the problem of not being able to field a team of their own.

Most Likely Call-Up Candidates

Zach Senyshyn. Senyshyn has 5 points in 12 games so far in Providence. He was on the bubble of making the roster during camp. Both Bjork and Debrusk took that spot. This could be his chance.

Kenny Agostino. Agostino who already has a couple NHL games this season and has been lighting up the AHL with 9 points in 8 games. Another bubble guy that lost out on a roster spot as he went down in the preseason with an injury.

Anton Blidh. Blidh who also has NHL experience would bring a bit more grit to a speedy team.

Peter Cehlarik. Another guy that is a bit more of a grinder than a goal scorer but that might be just what Boston needs.

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Boston Bruins Rob O’Gara Has His Shot To Make The Big Club

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Rob O’Gara To Get His Shot

All season long the Boston Bruins have been dealing with injuries and other roster question marks. Additionally, Brad Marchand is now out with an upper-body injury. David Krejci has been placed on the IR. Rob O’Gara has been called up from Providence.

O’Gara now has his shot to earn himself a roster spot just as some of his former Providence team members have done, as with Danton Heinen. Alike Heinen O’Gara will have to make this chance count as Heinen did by scoring two goals in his debut. Though the expectations for O’Gara are a bit different seeing that he is a defenseman. Also, the expectation for him is to make a limited amount of mistakes. Plus contributing to the offense if/when possible.

Right now the Bruins are struggling in their own end, as most of their defenseman is a minus on the plus-minus chart. In contrast, O’Gara in 7 games for Providence is a plus-four. Hopefully, he can bring some much-needed defense, with the exception of Zdeno Chara to a team with many offensive minded d-man.

Similarly, the league has evolved to one where offensive defensemen are more sought. This leads to holes in the defense as we have seen with Boston so far during the first 12 games. Boston is looking for that spark on defense and O’Gara may be it.

Roster Position

The most likely spot for O’Gara to end up is the third pairing. Now that may seem bad, however, the Bruins run three d-pairs more than other teams. O’Gara gains the much-needed NHL experience from his ice time. Hopefully, he is not just here for one game as that would be useless. It would not help him in any way possible. In fact, it would most likely hurt him mostly his confidence. O’Gara should be a better fit than the newly acquired Paul Postma. Not only does O’Gara seem to have a bit more overall skill, he has more upside.

O’Gara a 24-year-old selected by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tonights Game

Boston will face the Minnesota Wild at home. The game will be aired on NESN and broadcast on 98.5 the sports hub.

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