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Boston Bruins Have A Ton Of Work To Do This Off-Season

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Who Should Stay, Who Should Go?

After a more or less disappointing season the Bruins have quite a bit of work in front of them. The Bruins have nine players who are free agents both restricted and Unrestricted.

Restricted

David Pastrnak, Noel Acciari, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner, and Joe Morrow as of June 1.

Unrestricted

Dominic Moore, Drew Stafford, and John-Michael Liles.

Don Sweeney‘s comments

During the season end press conference Sweeney touched on this a bit saying:

“We didn’t make any of that – we went through exit interviews and really just tried to go through the whole season with guys and where they were at and then we’ll sit down as a group and make some decisions,” said Sweeney. “We haven’t made any hard or fast decisions on any one individual as of right now.”

Who To Re-Sign

David Pastrnak for sure. This is a no brainer. He was finally able to get a complete season under his belt. He only missed 7 games with an elbow injury unlike previous years. This season he put up 70 points which is more than I though he would. I had him pegged more around the 60 mark with 25 goals not 34. He should be the first to get an extension.

Then I would try to keep Drew Stafford. I think he played very well in the few games he played as a Bruins. He had 8 points over 18 games. He whole season was a down season as he spent most of it on the fourth line in Winnipeg. Stafford is a four-time 20 goals scorer. He also reached the 30 mark in the 2010-11 season with Buffalo.  He would make a great third line winger.

Then I would say Dominic Moore or Noel Acciari. I like both but there is just not enough room for both guys. I really like how well Moore played this season he is a great fourth line center who has the ability to play third line if needed. Acciari is a kid who has some upside to him but he is always going up and down between here and Providence. I would rather keep Moore for the veteran status and try to move Acciari.

Do Not Re-sign

Spooner, he has not produced like we want him to. Some people blame Claude Julien for that but I say it is time for him to go. He is a good player and I think he will do really well just not here. Also if he leaves this allows David Backes to move back to center as he would take over the third line.

Schaller is another guy who is a good player there is just not enough room on the team for him. I think he needs to go to make room for a guy like Jakob Forsbacka Kalsson. Liles played well when he was called upon but there is no need for him to stay. Especially with the emergence of Charlie McAvoy’s play.

Lastly would be Joe Morrow, the last remnant of the Tyler Seguin trade. He is a good defenseman it is just that he is 7th defenseman good. I guess that puts him in column three, the maybe column. If he comes cheap and there is room on the roster then yes, if not then no.

Quotes from the players

Pasta:

“Obviously I love it here,” said Pastrnak. “This is where I started and where I get the opportunity to play NHL, you know. Obviously this is not something I was focusing on all season, so I’m not going to think about it now.”

Acciari:

“It was a good feeling,” said Acciari, of getting back up with the big club. “It was unfortunate at this point ending as a team, obviously, we wanted to go further than we did, but for myself it was good to see. I gained some confidence in the last games that I was playing, and felt a lot more comfortable out there, and realized that I can play out here.”

Schaller:

“I’d love to stick around,” said Schaller. “But that’s talks to be had soon here, so we’ll see.”

Spooner:

“I’ve been here since I’ve been 18, so it’s been a long time and I just want to help out,” said Spooner.

Spooner knows he can play better and hopes to prove it next season.

“I just need to be better than the last little bit of the season,” said Spooner.

Stafford:

“Absolutely,” said Stafford, of hoping to come back to Boston for the 2017-18 season. “If there’s any kind of a chance, that’s something that I’m definitely into. I know my wife wasn’t able to make it out, but we had talked about it a little bit as a possibility and that’s something that obviously Sweens and my agent, if they feel like moving forward, it could be a good fit, then we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

Moore:

“So it was an honor to be a part of that and we’ll see what happens going forward, but I enjoyed my time for sure and we’ll see what happens,” said Moore.

Liles:

“We’ll see. I’ve kind of taken it a year at a time. I’m not going to get too concerned with what’s going to happen here in the next few months,” said Liles. “It was great to get back into the playoffs.

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 Patrice Bergeron Impact Felt Immediately In Win Over Vancouver

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Boston Bruins Get A Win And Bergeron Is Back

Boston Bruins faced the Vancouver Canucks and to everyone’s surprise, Patrice Bergeron made his return to the ice. His presence was noticed on the first shift. The team just looked better. This also meant that the Bjork-Bergeron-Marchand line was back together.

This line was unbelievable. The rumors were that they had grown chemistry at camp but who knew it would be like this. This line reminds me of the “conehead” line from Miracle on Ice. These guys just click and it is a sight to see. Bjork showed us what he can really deliver now that he has the best passer in the league back.

Just like most of the games this season the Bruins fell behind early. Everyone thought it here we go again. Except it was different this time. Bergeron was back and he made a difference as he nabbed an assist on the first goal of the game. The goal came from Anders Bjork who has been struggling to find the back of the net.

Boston was then given a power play after a vicious hit on Frank Vatrano from Erik Gudbranson. Then Tim Schaller abiding by the code of hockey fought Erik Gudbranson for his awful hit. It should be a suspendable play. Gudbranson received a major penalty. Luckily Frank would come back at some point in the game. David Pastrnak decided to take matters into his own hands and show that he is worth that big contract with a beautiful goal.

The Bruins were still on the powerplay and Bjork got his second of the game to make it a 2 goal game. Still, on the powerplay, David Krejci added a goal of his own to make it 4-1 just 10:40 into the game. Bergeron ended the first period with 2 assists. Just his presence and skill help the team step up their own game. It is something he has done for Boston for a long time.

Brad Marchand started off the second period with a goal from Bergeron. Boston then had a bit of a lapse as the Canucks capitalized on the powerplay with a goal from who else but Thomas Vanek. Then another from Bo Horvat just 34 seconds later. Luckily the Bruins got their composure back and were able to take the two-goal lead into the third.

The third was quite dull compared to the first two. Boston was able to get the nail in the coffin from you guessed it, Bergeron. Bergeron finished the game with 4 points. He is the difference maker in that locker room and on the ice.

Up Next:

The Bruins will face off against Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night. It will be a clash of BU between Eichel and Charlie McAvoy.

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Boston Bruins Look To Bounce Back Against Vancouver Canucks

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Boston Bruins VS Vancouver Canucks Preview

Boston Bruins will look to bounce back from a tough start tonight as they face the Canucks at home.  Not much has gone right for the team so far and it is not going to stop at least not yet.

It was announced that Ryan Spooner will miss 4-6 weeks with a tear in his groin. Then on top of that yesterday in practice Anders Bjork collided with Tuukka Rask during a drill and Rask was helped off the ice. So far there has not been an update on Rask. There are also reports that Zane McIntyre has been recalled. Adam McQuaid was also injured last game but has practiced and s not ruled out.

There is some good news out of all of this both Patrice Bergeron and David Backes have been skating. Bergy has been wearing the red no-contact jersey but he is skating. It sounds like Backes may play tonight.

It may be early in the season but this still almost a must-win game. Boston has shown spurts of talent and promise but has yet to put it all together. Tonight could be the night against a very beatable team. Also, Loui Eriksson of the Canucks has been placed on the IR for the Canucks. This will help it make it easier on the Bruins as they will be able to put more attention on the Sedin brothers.

Also, Kenny Agostino was called up and may make his debut tonight. Should he have been here from the start is what many are thinking. He has been off to a hot start down in Providence. Maybe he is that spark the team is missing.

“We liked the way Anton played last year at the end of the year, we liked he’s camp, we liked his first game,” said Cassidy. “We sort of mapped out the schedule for October, we’re gonna stick to that. Obviously if we have to deviate because of an injury then we’ll do that and have confidence in him for sure.”

Let’s just hope the Bruins can pull out a win tonight as they need one.

Keys to The Game:

  • Score First
  • make crisper plays on the breakout
  • show some passion

The game will be broadcast on NESN and 98.5 the Sports Hub.

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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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