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Boston Bruins Current Roster Is The Best Roster In Past Years

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Boston Bruins Have Found Their Roster

The Boston Bruins roster has seen many changes with injuries to David Krejci, Adam McQuaid, and Ryan Spooner. These changes seem to be working. Ever since this has happened the team has a five-game point with last nights shootout loss to Colombus.

Recently the roster has looked like this:

Forwards:

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronAnders Bjork

Jake DeBrusk-David BackesDavid Pastrnak

Tim SchallerSean KuralyDanton Heinen

Kenny AgostinoRiley NashFrank Vatrano

Defense:

Zdeno CharaCharlie McAvoy

Torey KrugBrandon Carlo

Paul PostmaKevan Miller

This Bruins roster has been the best-looking in a while. All be it the team has not one much but they have looked much better. It seems like the lines have been finding some chemistry especially the Bergeron line. The best part about it is that Backes is at his natural position in the middle.

The downside is he has not been producing, but that will come once he settled back into the position. I say settle because I would not like to see Spooner come back. When Backes signed with the team I for sure thought that meant that either Spooner or Krejci was on their way out. The best would have been to deal Spoons.

That did not happen and they are now with a bunch of centers playing wing. It is not a bad thing to have center play wing except when they are centers who have made their career as a center like Backes. Hopefully, when Krejci comes back Backes will slide down to that third line center spot. The only problem is that means Kurarly goes back to Providence.

Boston is in a good spot on their roster and has a good problem to have, which is too many players ready to make that NHL push. This will be helpful when the trade deadline approaches. Look to see some young and maybe old guys go for either defense or future considerations like draft picks or prospects.

Now onto the back end with McAvoy moving up into the top 2. I like it, it gives him more ice time and he has a great learning partner in Zdeno Chara. Carlo has shown that he is a solid d-man but may not be top-2 material. Also, I like Postma better than McQuaid, I think he is a bit more durable and can bring almost the same thing to the table. McQuaid brings a bit more grit but other than that I see many similarities in their play style.

Now Krug is becoming a reliability on defense in my opinion. Krug is a minus 9 on the season. Now the whole team does not have a great plus minus but most are at minus 2 or 3, not 9. McAvoy who plays a similar style is only a minus 2.

I would like to see Krug get traded and bring up Rob O’Gara who is much better in his own end. Or possibly Matt Grzelcyk if you want that puck moving defenseman. Again the Bruins are heavy in D prospect so look to see one or two in trade conversations. I would rather keep Gryz and trade Krug as Krug costs way too much for what he brings.

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Hopefully, they can pull out a win in their game against Vegas Golden Knights Thursday at 7 pm.

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 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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Boston Bruins Make Championship Caliber Type Of Move

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Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced on Tuesday that the team had acquired defensemen Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Rob O’Gara and a third-round pick in the 2018 draft.

Now I know what many of you are likely thinking. Nick who? Where is the big move? But pace yourself Bruins fans, this is the type of depth acquiring move that many Stanley Cup contenders do in order to bolster their squad.

Holden is a 30-year-old d-man who has played in 55 games for the Rangers in 2018-18 with three goals, nine assists, for 12 points with 14 penalty minutes. Holden had a career year last season playing in 80 games with career highs in all offensive categories with 11 goals, 23 assists, for 34 points with a plus-13 rating. In addition to having a stand out 16-17 regular season Holden added two goals and two assists in 11 postseason games for New York.

Holden played his first three professional seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Rangers on June 26, 2014, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.

O’Gara who the Bruins traded away is 24-years-old and has played in 11 NHL games with Boston over the course of the last 2 seasons. O’Gara played in 43 games with the Providence Bruins in 2017-18 with two goals and six assists with a plus-five rating. He was Boston’s 151st overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The move straight up for Holden is a solid one for Sweeney. It provides the Bruins with the defensive depth they need while keeping them flexible moving forward with Holden playing on an expiring contract.

It sures up their left side defensemen depth with a player that can play the penalty kill to reduce some of the high minutes that Zdeno Chara is racking up. This deal seems to take Boston out of the running for landing Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh or any other type of blockbuster trade for a d-man

Holden, a left-shot, has the ability to play either the left or right side adding some flexibility to the roster for Head Coach Bruce Cassidy when making the lineups or even Sweeney if he wanted to move a defensive piece out. Acquiring Holden fixes the depth issue Boston had without giving up anything off of their NHL roster, an impressive feat for Sweeney who opted to make an early trade to avoid paying the NHL trade deadline price.

In theory, Holden will likely pair up with Charlie McAvoy with the potential reunion of Chara and Brandon Carlo possible. But the good thing about Holden is the flexibility, so in theory, Cassidy will have plenty of options to fool around with to find what works and doesn’t work.

This certainly wasn’t the flashy move many were calling for, but it was the smart one. Credit to Don Sweeney.

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