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Don Sweeney Uses Backup Goaltender Failures As Teams Scapegoat

On Tuesday Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney Used The Teams Failures At Backup Goaltending Play As A Scapegoat For The B’s Struggles

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On Tuesday Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney Used The Teams Failures At Backup Goaltending Play As A Scapegoat For The B’s Struggles

“It’s an area that has put a tremendous amount of pressure on our group. I mean, obviously, Anton [Khudobin] didn’t get off to a great start, and then got injured. That hurt us a little bit. We weren’t looking to accelerate either Zane [McIntyre] or Malcolm [Subban] in that situation. We’ve always had an eye towards the development for both of those players,” said GM Don Sweeney. “Malcolm, the injury last year impacted him a little bit, I believe, and where he is at today. But that’s the depth of the organization. That’s what you want to see. Is there a right time? You’ve seen players from the American Hockey League have the success they’ve had, and they’ve been able to do it at the next level. It hasn’t necessarily materialized at this point for Zane, but he’s undefeated [in the AHL] going in.

“So you think that there would be a level, but it’s a difficult league. We’ve been exposed to that area. It’s put a tremendous amount of pressure on our group overall. That’s part of the equation. It’s on myself and the players themselves need to accept that responsibility that we need to have a better player in that situation, or the players step up and improve their own play.

“Tuukka is our No. 1 and he’s established that. It would be great if your No. 2 [goalie] can come in and push your No. 1. Given him the appropriate and that internal competition I think is always great,” said Cassidy. “We haven’t had that as much as we’d like this year, and we’re all aware of that. Having said that, most teams need both goaltenders playing well in order to win in this league. The odd team can get away with a No. 2 goaltender that’s a .500 goaltender and still make the playoffs because they’re an elite team. But we’re not in that position right now obviously. I defer to goalie Bob [Essensa] on anything with the technical side of it.

“We have discussions about how to defend in front of him, if we’re blocking shots in front or if we’re taking away the strong side or the weak side. Do we box out or front? I think those are the areas where I’ll have a conversation with the goaltender. Playing pucks is something that we’d love to have our goaltenders embracing that part of the game because it always helps your D-corps tremendously when a goaltender can help you once or twice a period on those pucks. As with any other team in this league when your goaltending is good, your coach looks good, your players look good and everyone looks good. When it’s not great it goes the other way. Coaching through goaltending that’s subpar is difficult. It’s a spotlight position.”

A lot to read from Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney on the goaltending situation that has honestly killed the team for the better part of the last three seasons ever since former backup netminder Chad Johnson took his talents to the New York Islanders.

Trading for a back-up goalie is pricey and a foolish one for a team that cannot afford to sell of any long term assets given the fact that even a solid back goaltender will not push the team closer to a Stanley Cup that is far from their reach.

Sweeney atleast has acknowledged the backup failures, and maybe, just maybe the team responds to the firing of Head Coach Claude Julien and the strong words of GM Don Sweeney who is now coaching for his job at this point.

This team is in no position to make a run or make a trade that will make them an instant cup contender. The best way forward is to hope that the young players develop and other prospects such as Charlie McAvoy pan out down the road.

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 Have A good Problem To Have With Their Roster

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The team has many players that could play each night

Boston Bruins of late have been playing really well and have had almost a 100 percent healthy roster. This leads to a great problem to have. The problem of having many players that can play every night and not knowing which ones to start.

Bruce Cassidy has had to make these tough decisions on who plays and who sits. Not to mention who gets sent down. Now Bruce does not have a big role in sending players to Providence but he definitely gets a say. With all this, it seems as if he has found his roster with a couple players still on the Bubble.

Boston current roster looks like so:

Forwards:

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak

Jake DebruskDavid KrejciRyan Spooner

Danton HeinenRiley NashDavid Backes

Tim SchallerSean KuralyNoel Acciari

Defense:

Zdeno CharaCharlie McAvoy

Torey KrugBrandon Carlo

Matt GrzelcykKevan Miller

Goalies:

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Players On The Bubble

Now then who is missing well there are a couple big names missing. Adam McQuaid is the biggest, now he is not a star defensemen. Although he has been a solid D for the team over the years and now he is a healthy scratch every night. The reason being is that Grzelyck has shown that he has what it takes to be in the big club and it would be stupid to take him out. Also missing just recently is Anders Bjork who has not been performing to his expectation.

Now at the beginning of the year, Bjork and Bergeron were paired before his injury. When Bergy cam back they put Pasta with him and Bjork with Krejci. Maybe Bjork and Krejci are not a good fit. Still, the kid needs to produce and Bruce has no problem sitting anyone. Also along with Bjork is Peter Cehlarik who had claimed a roster spot until injury and now he too is on the outside looking in. Also with Cehlarik is Frank Vatrano who has been a bit of a disappointment since he’s been here. He has had spurts of great, then he just seems to lose. Look for him to be used in a trade if the B’s lose someone.

Providence and Prospect pool are Abundant

Even the B’s System is stacked with talent that could be up here very soon. They also have many kids that are playing in the NCAA that look great. Two of them are currently playing for Team USA in the World Juniors. Then just yesterday Bruin prospect and current Harvard member Ryan Donato was named to the 2018 Olympic team.

The Current Roster is here to stay

Bruce seems like he has found his crew and will look to stick to his guns. Possibly Bjork renters the roster, other than that most likely not much deviation. The main reason being is that with this roster they are currently in second place in the Atlantic and only 10 points back of first. The team has brought there differential from -6 to plus 20 and have been playing better overall. In the last 10 games, the team is 7-1-2.

This team could be a cup contender if they keep playing like this.

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Boston Bruins Showing They Are Here To Win 

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Boston Bruins Have Moved Into Second Place In The Atlantic With

5th Straight Win

The Boston Bruins are sitting in second place with last nights win over the Ottawa Senators. With 45 points and two games in hand to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now Boston is just 9 points back of Tampa Bay who sits at 54 points. Hopefully, the B’s can keep the streak alive.

Last night we saw the points come from a very underrated player on the roster. Riley Nash finished the game with 2 goals and an assist.

Nash’s goals were not garbage goals either they were indeed the opposite and very skilled goals. Since joining the team last year as what most people believed to be a role player as well as a veteran presence. Then last night on the Broadcast Jack and Brick had stated that Nash has been told to shoot more. Clearly is paying off, as Nash shows that he is not just a role player.  Nash only has 32 points in the year and a half he has been here but most things he does do not go on the score sheet. Boston will look to see some more production from him.

Then there is the rest of the team, they seem to have found “it” and whatever “it” is it needs to stay. In the last 10 games, the team is 8-1-1. The only teams better in that stand are Vegas and Tampa who are both in first place in their respective divisions. The Patrice Bergeron line is looking like the conehead line from the movie Miracle (Pass, Pass, Score). Then there is the Nash line with Danton Heinen and David Backes on his wings.  Backes has found his games on the wing with Nash and currently has 5 goals and 11 points in 16 games this season. The team as a whole has just been great.

Then Tuukka Rask has been playing the way he is expected to play. It might be too early to say but the Bruins are a contender for the cup right now. The only thing missing is Anders Bjork who has been quiet as of late. If he can find his game then Boston will be a hard team to beat.

Up Next:

Boston is on to take on what seems to be the unbeatable Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are always a tough matchup and it would be a great team to beat.

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Boston Bruins Kids Show What They Have What It Takes

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The Kids Help Team To Clobber The Blue Jackets

Boston Bruins rookies are here to stay as they help keep the Bruins in third place and ahead of the Canadiens. This was a breakout game for most of the players and a much needed one too. This is what the team needs going into the Christmas break. The game oddly enough actually started fairly lame with not much going on.

Then Brad Marchand scored on a beautiful tic tac toe goal with Patrice Bergeron 15 minutes into the game. The period continued with not much action. Then came the second period where thing picked up a bit with a goal from David Backes. This was only his third goal of the season. He has missed time due to injury but still, it is a bit low for him at this time of year. Hopefully, this gets him going. His goal was assisted by two kids who have proved there are ready for the NHL. Jake Debrusk with his 10th and Danton Heinen with his 13th assist.

DeBrusk has responded well after only playing about 6 minutes against Washington. And Heinen has been fairly consistent all year. Next Charlie McAvoy decided to get on the board with a goal of his own. This kid is unbelievable. His hockey IQ is off the charts and is playing some of the most minutes among rookies. Debrusk and Heinen had assists on his goal as well. This lead to the end of the second and the third is where all the fun happened.

The Third started on a hot note as McAvoy had his first NHL fight with Pierre-Luc Dubois. It all started after Chuck finished his hit and Dubois did not like it and decided to punch Charlie in the face. The fight then ensued. Here is Charlie on his first NHL fight.

“My first day in Providence I worked with Tyler Randell for about 15 minutes after practice and he just kind of taught me how to protect myself,” said McAvoy. “It’s a good guy to learn from.”

This seemed to spark Columbus Colombus as they received a goal from Josh Anderson. Boston responded quickly with a goal from Heinen marking his third point if the night, assisted by McAvoy and Backes. The assist meant that McAvoy had completed the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Next, it was Torey Kugs turn to get a goal of his own assisted by Bjork and Spooner. Spooner looked good in this game despite his injury issues and is hopefully back full time. Then The Bruins just to add insult posted two more goals one from Bergeron and the other from Debrusk.

The seven-goal game now brings the teams differential to +6.

Bruins that had a multi-point game

Jake Debrusk: 3

Danton Heinen:3

Brad Marchand:2

Patrice Bergeron: 2

Charlie McAvoy: 2

David Backes: 2

Ryan Spooner: 2

Up Next:

Boston looks to keep this up as they head to Buffalo. Hopefully, these guys can keep up this pace maybe not 7 goals a game but 3 or 4 would be nice. Plays again tonight against a struggling Buffalo team. The game will air on NESN tonight at 7:30.

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