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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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Patriots Talk: Alan Branch On Butler’s Benching in Super Bowl 52

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Many Pats fans are still licking wounds from the Super Bowl 52 loss, but the off season right now is set up to be an exiting one nonetheless. The Patriots have many potential cuts that will be made before the NFL Draft in April such as with veteran DE Alan Branch. In addition, the team has several free agents set to hit the market including Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, Matthew Slater and among others, obviously Malcolm Butler.

What happened to Butler was the very definition of an oddity. There was no seemingly logical reasoning to it all. Many sports analysts called Belichick’s ego being put ahead of the team in the biggest game of the year. Yet even with the news outlets going almost full on detective mode, none of the Patriots’ personnel have any idea. Some like fellow CB Eric Rowe had no idea leading up to the benching during the game. And other like FS and team captain, Devin McCourty, said that they were informed well in advance and act ignorant.

There is no doubt that Butler’s benching was a coaching decision. But all the same, it just doesn’t make sense unless you studied the game tape. A guy like Butler played over 98% of the team’s snaps last year. Even his teammate Alan Branch was seemingly off guard by the news. According to Dale & Holley with Keefe on WEEI (or however long till the station is officially closed), Branch ‘didn’t know anything, honestly.’

 “I noticed he wasn’t in the game, but then again you never know the reason for what is going on at certain times in that organization, especially. It’s neither here nor there.”

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Boston Bruins Rookie Anders Bjork Out Six Months

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The Boston Bruins and Team Physician Dr. Peter announced on Thursday that Anders Bjork will be out for the rest of the season.

Bjork underwent a successful left should arthroscopy and labral repair on February 20, 2018. The surgery was performed by Dr. Peter Asnsi at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Peter states that the expected recovery time is approximately six months.

The 21-year-old left winger has appeared in 30 games this season for Boston and recorded 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points with 6 penalty minutes with a plus-2 rating.

The injury and the timeline mean that Bjork’s season is over.

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Boston Bruins Trade Forward Frank Vatrano

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The Boston Bruins announced on Thursday that General Manager Don Sweeney had traded forward Frank Vatrano to the Flordia Panthers in exchange for a third-round pick.

Vatrano who is now 23-years-old played in 25 games this season for Boston racking up just two goals and 22 penalty minutes. Vatrano did show promise last year with a career-high 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points with 14 penalty minutes in 44 games.

Vatrano has played in parts of three seasons for Boston with his debut season taking place in 2015-16 with the forward playing in 39 games with eight goals and three assists for 11 points with 14 penalty minutes.

He was a hot prospect for Boston and even led the American Hockey League in goals back in 2015-16 by averaging one goal per contest with 36 goals in 36 games. That season he also had three hat tricks and an outstanding 6 multi-goal games at the AHL Level. That year he earned First-Team All-Star honors for Providence.

Vatrano who is a Massachusetts native was originally signed as a free agent by Boston out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on March 13, 2015.

Vatrano was not seeing a whole lot of success for Boston this season and was clearly expendable as showcased in this trade.

At this time it is unclear what the logic was behind the move but we should find out more with Sweeney hosting a media availability on Saturday at the Air Canda Centre in Toronto, ON.

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