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Boston Bruins Talk: Tuukka Rask Is the Clay Buckhholz Of Hockey



Boston Bruins Talk: Is Pulling The Team Down

Boston Bruins are in a tight race for the playoffs with only a couple of weeks left in the regular season. The Bruins came out with a big win on Saturday against the New York Islanders without Tuukka Rask.

In that game backup goaltender Anton Khudobin was between the pipes as Tuukka Rask was out with a “lower body injury”. We have seen this before as last season he did not play in the teams last game as the year. He had the shits. I get it sometimes you eat some bad food and have can’t do much but they have medicine for that crap (pun intended). He should have played as it was the teams biggest game of the year and he said nah I am sitting this one out because I do not feel good.

This time around at least it was an injury. If he really was hurt than okay your hurt but if you are sore or “tired” he should be able to play through it. If Rask does not play Tuesday against the Predator’s then okay, he is really hurt. The only probably with that is that Zane McIntyre was recalled for Saturday’s game. He has already been re-assigned to Providence, which means that Rask will most likely play Tuesday.

An argument for his lack of play late in the season is that he is tired. Do not give me the he is tired BS, every other skater on the team has played just about every game. You do not hear Patrice Bergeron complain that he is tired.  Rask claims that he is “hurt”, or is it he just doen not want to play. He has been known to throw his team under the bus after a bad loss. That type of mentality is bad for the locker room. Teams play for their goalie and if the goalie does not trust the players then it can make for some bad chemistry in the locker room. That being said I have never been a big fan of his.

Tuukka is not an Elite goalie. He may be a very good one but he is not elite. Rask is not in the same category as Carey Price, Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist. Some may say look at his numbers and I say yes numbers wise he could be considered elite. The problem is that most of his numbers came when he had an elite defense in front of him. Also people might say what about this season? I would say yes this season he has been good. There were points of the season where he carried the team. I still do not think he can be considered elite.

Another reason I do not like him well more the Bruins front office, but he is getting payed $7 million to be a very good goalie. That is more than both Quick and Price.

Anton Khudobin Should Start Tuesday

Khudobin played very well on Saturday as the he only allowed one goal. I know he was not very good most of the season. Mostly due to the lack of drive the Bruins have for their backup’s. I still think that he should play Tuesday against the Nashville Predators. First I think he deserves it after Rask copped-out of the B’s biggest game of the year. Second if Rask really is injured and/or tired this will give him the rest he needs to be able to finish the rest of the season. Then play in the playoffs if the team can make it.

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



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



Boston Bruins Have Some Decision Making To Do With Pending

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:


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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