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Boston Bruins Fall To Ottawa In The First Round And A Look Ahead At The Teams Future

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What Should The B’s Do From Here?

The Boston Bruins fell to the Ottawa Senators in overtime last night. This loss knocked them out of the playoffs.

This series was just so evenly matched that each game was decided by only a single goal. Four of the six games went to overtime and one went to double overtime. There were positives and negatives that came out of the series. I will name a few and break them down.

Positives:

Charlie McAvoy:

He was unbelievable in this series. I know I was the one to say that he should not have played in the playoffs because it would hurt his development. On that I can say that I was wrong. This kid is an absolute stud. He played in all six games and averaged 25 minutes of ice time. McAvoy recorded three assists and five shots as well  and finished the series a minus 2.

McAvoy proved that he is ready to play in the NHL. He has some of the best hockey IQ I have seen in a while. He was rarely out of position which is a lot to say about a 19-year-old. I never saw him make many stupid plays. There was one I think it was game three when he screened Tuukka Rask on a Ottawa goal. But that happens so not that big of a mistake.

I would say look to see him get slotted down to second pairing when Brandon Carlo returns for next season.

Roster Depth:

Boston proved that they have depth in their roster with all of the injuries. We saw that the future for the defense is set, with guys like Charlie McAvoy and Colin Miller, and I would put Joe Morrow in there as well. Morrow is a great 7th d-man that could possibly turn into a 3rd line guy. We saw that even with Noel Acciari and David Krejci hurt the Bruins were able to find a guy to fill the whole. The Bruins have a problem that is good to have and that is they have a surplus amount of players. Look to see some players get moved before next season.

Negatives:

Veterans did not show up:

The Bruins loss the series because the guys that needed to show up did not. Brad Marchand only had two points in the series. Patrice Bergeron, David Backes and David Pastrnak all did not play at their best. Pasta had only 2 goals and had like 30 plus attempted shot with only 10 of them actually hitting the net. Also Zdeno Chara did not play well at all. I know he played more minutes than he should have but he still only had one assist and was a minus three. Overall the Bruins did not play very well in the series. I think they deserved to lose.

Discipline

The other thing that haunted the B;s was their inability to stay out of the box. The teams discipline was just awful. One game Zdeno Chara shot the puck over the glass for delay of game. The Senators went on to win that game. David Pastrnak committed a penalty last night and the Sens went on to win the series. Now Pasta does take full responsibility for the loss. Their penalty kill was decent but when you give the other team that many power play opportunities.

Up Next

The Bruins have a ton of choices to make. What do they do with Charlie McAvoy? They need to get a contract worked out with Pastrnak and does Bruce Cassidy stay as head Coach. I say sign Pastrnak to three year contract maybe four but no more. Realistically he will probably get 7 or 8 years because Don Sweeney is smart and does not want to lose a player like that. Then keep Cassidy as he proved that he has what it takes to win here in Boston. Boston has a bright future with all of the kids that are apart of the organization. Boston may be going younger and we may see a few of the kids next season. One for sure is McAvoy and the other is most likely JFK.

Also the Bruins have the expansion draft to worry about. They will be allowed to keep 8 skaters and a goalie.

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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