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Boston Bruins Drew Stafford Is Excited To Be On A Playoff Team

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Stafford wants to win

Drew Stafford will most likely make his Bruins Debut on Saturday when the Boston Bruins take on the New Jersey Devils.

Stafford was unable to make it to last nights game. He probably would have helped as the Bruins lost to Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers 2-1. The Biggest takeaway from last night game was that the Bruins can still comeback as they were down two goals late and were able to get it to a one goal game, with a goal from Brad Marchand The Bruins made a big mistake with 2:20 left in the game when David Backes got called for a tripping penalty. The team was unable to convert shorthanded. Torey Krug had a shot with about 2 seconds left off of a face-off win from Patrice Bergeron but Krug was unable to settle down the puck to get a shot off.  They will need to bounce back against the Devils.

Stafford is no Stranger to the BruinsOrganization as he faced them many times with his time on The Buffalo Sabres. As mentioned in an earlier article Stafford has not had a very productive year but his is looking forward to playing for a team that is pushing for the playoffs.

“I’m excited to be back in the mix, back in the playoff hunt. I obviously have a lot of experience playing against these guys over the years, and, you know, the core group of veteran guys they have,” said Stafford, who was shipped to the Bruins from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick that goes as high as a fourth rounder based on games played/playoff wins. “They’re a championship team, they have that experience, and that’s why you play, is to get back to that opportunity.

“Obviously I have a lot of good memories coming out of Winnipeg, and I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity they gave me up there, but to get a chance, like I said, to get back to playing and hopefully contribute, help these guys win games and go on that playoff hunt is huge.”

Bruins President Cam Neely went on Felger and Mazz (radio show on 98.5) on Thursday and said that he expects Stafford to be slotted in as a 3rd line guy to start with. Then once he has a few games under his belt he will be reevaluated and moved up or down. I like this kind of mix up because it will make both young and veteran players see that their job may be in jeopardy and could spark them into playing better. It could also do the opposite. I am excited to see what Drew can bring the B’s.

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 Recall Jordan Szwarz From Providence

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The Boston Bruins recalled forward Jordan Szwarz from the AHL Providence Bruins on Friday per General Manager Don Sweeney.

Szwarz’s recall is strictly on an emergency basis. The 26-year-old forward has three assists in 10 games with Boston in 2017-18 with the majority of his playing time this season coming in Providence.

For the P-Bruins he has a team-high 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points with an impressive plus-25 rating in 34 games.

Szwarz who is from Burlington, Ontario has appeared in 45 career NHL games tallying four goals and three assists for seven points with 21 penalty minutes.

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Boston Bruins Need To Stay Away From Ryan McDonagh

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Bruins Need To Look To Future And Not The Now

Recently the talks between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins about a trade involving Rick Nash and/or Ryan McDonagh have heated up. Now, these would be great players to add to this team if that is the direction the team wanted to go. The only problem is that Sweeney and Neely have been pushing for youth. If this is the case then it should stay that way.

Also, it seems like the asking price for either of the two is Carlo a prospect and a high-round (1st or 2nd) pick. That is too much for two guys getting closer to the end of their career than the start. McDonagh is 28, Nash is 33. Both are a bit too old for the direction the Bruins want to go. The league is all about youth right now. Right now the Bruins have that and a lot of it.

This is also why some people do not see this as a problem. The problem is that they may be obliged to make a move. Thre is no need to make a move if there is no reason for one. Boston Has improved their defensive game a ton this year and bringing a new guy could mess with that.

I do not want to see the Bruins try and win now just because they are hot. I do not think they could beat the Capitals, Lightning or Pittsburg at this point in a series. Also, the Bruins are still a bit behind top teams in the west. An entire series with one would be difficult to come out on top. They should just stick with what they have and plan for the future.

Boston will still be able to make a decent playoff push this year but all the way seems like a bit of a stretch. The cup within the next five years is within reach if they stay the course.

All we can do is hope that Cam and Don decide to do the right thing when they are called upon.

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Boston Bruins Should Stay Quiet At Trade Deadline

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Trade Deadline

Boston Bruins this year have impressed many and surprised even more with their success. The thought of the club being second in the Atlantic was not even though at the beginning of the year. Patrice Bergeron and the B’s have found some chemistry and have been winning left and right including an 18 game point streak. Now comes the question of do they make a trade? Trades are not always made to better the team but as we have seen the B’s so many times they are used to free up some money.

The Bruins are tight on money, The biggest issue is David Krejci at $7.25 million and Torey Krug at $5.25 million. These are the two players taking a ton of cap space with not a great return. While Krejci is having a better year than last his play has been falling off for years. Then with Krug his play in his own end has seems to be getting worse. Krug is a zero on the plus/minus scale while Zdeno Chara is plus 27, and Chara plays a ton of PK.

Trade Rumors

There have been whispers that the Bruins are talking with Ryan McDonagh as well as Edmonton Oilers Winger Patrick Maroon. Maroon, absolutely not he is the wrong direction the team wants to go. With McDonagh maybe if the price is right. The only way is if Krug McQuaid and/or Miller is moved. Matt Grzelcyk has proved that he deserves a spot on this team while Krug has blundered. Look for Krug to be shopped if the B’s do want to make a move.

Trading Block:

Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Jake Debrusk, Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, Danton Heinen, Torey Krug, David Krejci with the waive of his no-move clause.

This team should stick with what they have and make it better rather than trading for a rental and going out early. Neeley and Sweeny have said time and time again they want the kids to play. So far so good, and why change something that is not broken.

Tanner’s Untouchables:

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork

Trade If Price Is Right Or If Possible

Ryan Spooner, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara

I am not sold on this years team and think Don Sweeney should be focused on winning later rather than getting bounced early now.

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