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Boston Bruins Trade News: Drew Stafford Acquired At Trade Deadline Updated

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Boston Bruins Add A Winger

Don Sweeney waited to exactly the last minute to pull the trigger on a trade.

The Boston Bruins receive Drew Stafford from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick.

Stafford is a good veteran forward who will help provide depth to the Bruins. I assume he will most likely be going on the 3rd line with Spooner and Vatrano if Spooner continues to center the line. This will mean that Hayes will either be a healthy scratch or play on the 4th line.

I think he can play probably anywhere on the right side,” Sweeney said of the right shot forward. “Good shot, strength, can get to the net, and has power play acumen, has a good shot, so hopefully he can contribute in all those areas.”

Stafford is a 31-year-old who is in his 11 NHL season. He has played in 40 games this season for Winnipeg tallying 4 goals and nine assists. He is a guy that will add some size to the team as he stands 6-foot-2, at 214 pounds. I believe Sweeney wanted to add depth and size after seeing all of the Big guys that Montreal added. He has skated in 707 career NHL games, recording 179 goals, 213 assists for 319 points. His numbers are lower than usual this season because he is only playing 4th line minutes for the Jets.

“You’d have to ask Drew when he gets here [why his numbers have dropped off],” said Sweney. “In talking with him [on Wednesday], I think with a player like [Patrik] Laine coming into their lineup, maybe some situational opportunities were a little different for him, another pretty good player in [Nikolaj] Ehlers, and Drew had a pretty consistent scoring record until this year, so hopefully he’ll jump right back in and be somewhat invigorated.”

The Bruins now have too many forwards in Schaller, Beleskey, Nash, Moore, and now Hayes most likely all players who could play on the 4th or 3rd line. It will be interesting to see him with the Bruins Tonight against the Rangers if he is put in the lineup, but maybe not until Saturday when they play New Jersey.

Stafford is slotted to fly in some time today. According to Bruins.com he will not make morning skate, and will be here before the Rangers game.

Here is what Don Sweeney had to say about Drew Stafford:

“We’re fortunate that we were able to add Drew to our lineup,” Sweeney told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday evening at Warrior Ice Arena. “I felt that it was an area that we could add, and I was going to look to do that without pulling away into the things that we’d been committed to doing.”

Now Sweeney has the problem of does he want to play the young guys or stick with the older guys.

“Going to be somewhat performance related and where our other young players fit in along those lines,” said Sweeney, in regards to Stafford joining the team on a short-term basis. “And we have some other players that are likely to come on line here in the next little while and we’re going to evaluate them as well, where Drew fits in, but we’re staying in the moment and he’s excited about the opportunity.”

Drew Stafford is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July so he is most likely a rental, as the Bruins are trying to push for 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 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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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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