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Boston Bruins Could Lose Key Guys In The Upcoming Expansion Draft

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Who Should The Bruins Protect In The Expansion Draft

The NHL Expansion Draft is just about a month away, as it will be held on June 21st. Before the Vegas Golden Knights are able to pick their players, there are some rules that everyone needs to follow.

The Rules For Protecting Players:

There are two options for protection:

  1. Seven Forwards, Three Defensemen and one goalie
  2. Eight Skaters (Forward/Defensemen) and one goaltender

Also all players who have a “No Movement” clause automatically have to be protected in the draft. Then all first and second-year pros, and all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection.

Player Exposure Requirements

All teams must meet certain minimum requirements in regards to the players that can be exposed for selection.

  1. One defensemen who is a) under contract in 2017-18, b) played in 40 games or more NHL the prior or played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons
  2. Two forwards, same rule apply from above
  3. One goalie who is under contract in 17-18 or will be a restricted free agent at the exasperation of his current contract immediately prior to 2017-18. If the team elects to make a restricted free agent goalie available in order to meet this requirement, that goalie must have received his qualifying offer prior to the submission of the club’s protected list

Players with a potential career-ending injury or have missed more than the previous 60 consecutive games may not fall under the requirements and are exempt. Vegas will make their picks by 5 pm ET on the 20th and the results will be revealed on the 21st.

Who Vegas Can Pick

  • Las Vegas must select one player from each team. 30 players in total.
  • Vegas must pick 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies.
  • 20 of those players have to be under contract for the 2017-18 season.
  • The team cannot buyout any of the players selected in the Draft earlier than the summer following their first season.

All Teams must have their list of protected players submitted by 5:00 pm ET on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

What Should The Bruins Do

The Bruins will most likely go with option A and protect 7 forwards, three defensemen and 1 goalie.

Seven forwards:

  1. David Krejci “NMC”
  2. Patrice Bergeron “NMC”
  3. David Backes “NMC”
  4. David Pastrnak, he is a great young star that has shown that he could be a top goal scrorer very soon
  5. Brad Marchand, he is under contract until 2025 and is you top goal scorer
  6. Tim Schaller, A solid players that can play wing or his natural center.
  7. Riley Nash, a great 4th line guy that still brings a lot of skill to the game

Three Defensemen:

  1. Zdeno Chara “NMC”
  2. Colin Miller, a young kid with a bunch of upside as he continue to develop
  3. Torey Krug, A great guy to run the PP through and also a solid d-man.

One Goalie:

Tuukka Rask

Up For Grabs:

Forwards:

The most likely guys that Vegas would take would be Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, or possibly Ryan Spooner but Spooner is a RFA this year so they might stay away from him.

Defensemen:

Adam McQuaid or Kevin Miller would be the logical pick if the Knights wanted a defensemen.

Goalies:

Malcolm Subban who has been rumored to be wanted by Vegas and then Anton Khudobin.

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 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.

Up Next:

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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