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Boston Bruins Trade News: Drew Stafford Acquired At Trade Deadline Updated

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Boston Bruins Add A Winger

Don Sweeney waited to exactly the last minute to pull the trigger on a trade.

The Boston Bruins receive Drew Stafford from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick.

Stafford is a good veteran forward who will help provide depth to the Bruins. I assume he will most likely be going on the 3rd line with Spooner and Vatrano if Spooner continues to center the line. This will mean that Hayes will either be a healthy scratch or play on the 4th line.

I think he can play probably anywhere on the right side,” Sweeney said of the right shot forward. “Good shot, strength, can get to the net, and has power play acumen, has a good shot, so hopefully he can contribute in all those areas.”

Stafford is a 31-year-old who is in his 11 NHL season. He has played in 40 games this season for Winnipeg tallying 4 goals and nine assists. He is a guy that will add some size to the team as he stands 6-foot-2, at 214 pounds. I believe Sweeney wanted to add depth and size after seeing all of the Big guys that Montreal added. He has skated in 707 career NHL games, recording 179 goals, 213 assists for 319 points. His numbers are lower than usual this season because he is only playing 4th line minutes for the Jets.

“You’d have to ask Drew when he gets here [why his numbers have dropped off],” said Sweney. “In talking with him [on Wednesday], I think with a player like [Patrik] Laine coming into their lineup, maybe some situational opportunities were a little different for him, another pretty good player in [Nikolaj] Ehlers, and Drew had a pretty consistent scoring record until this year, so hopefully he’ll jump right back in and be somewhat invigorated.”

The Bruins now have too many forwards in Schaller, Beleskey, Nash, Moore, and now Hayes most likely all players who could play on the 4th or 3rd line. It will be interesting to see him with the Bruins Tonight against the Rangers if he is put in the lineup, but maybe not until Saturday when they play New Jersey.

Stafford is slotted to fly in some time today. According to Bruins.com he will not make morning skate, and will be here before the Rangers game.

Here is what Don Sweeney had to say about Drew Stafford:

“We’re fortunate that we were able to add Drew to our lineup,” Sweeney told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday evening at Warrior Ice Arena. “I felt that it was an area that we could add, and I was going to look to do that without pulling away into the things that we’d been committed to doing.”

Now Sweeney has the problem of does he want to play the young guys or stick with the older guys.

“Going to be somewhat performance related and where our other young players fit in along those lines,” said Sweeney, in regards to Stafford joining the team on a short-term basis. “And we have some other players that are likely to come on line here in the next little while and we’re going to evaluate them as well, where Drew fits in, but we’re staying in the moment and he’s excited about the opportunity.”

Drew Stafford is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July so he is most likely a rental, as the Bruins are trying to push for 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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