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Morning Line- Steve Conroy

Can this city truly embrace a Bruins’ team that can’t beat its opponent to a pulp if all else fails? Well, my guess is if this team had buried any of the 8-10 quality scoring chances that the Big, Bad Blues allowed in the first period of Game 7 last June, the parade would have been just as big as it was in 2011.

Taking a pound of flesh while winning feels great, and it’s a nice balm for your fans when you lose. But playing a granite-fisted style doesn’t isn’t an option for this team right now. It’s best the B’s try and win on skill and talent and work ethic. And, by the trade deadline, go out and get some more.

-Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald where you can read more on the Bruins.

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Video- Tuukka Rask Placed On IR With A Concussion

via NHL.com,

Tuukka Rask was placed on injured reserve by the Boston Bruins on Thursday

The goalie left Boston's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday because of a concussion. The injury came when he was elbowed in the head by Blue Jackets forward Emil Bemstrom, who was skating by the crease and was cross-checked into Rask by Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo.

"He's concussed. He got elbowed in the head," coach Bruce Cassidy said after the 3-0 loss.

Bemstrom said the contact was accidental.

"It's not my purpose for that at all," Bemstrom said. "I tried to come back and backcheck. I got a little cross-check in my side and that probably turned my skate a little bit. It wasn't on purpose, of course."

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Video- Brad Marchand Can Force Another Round In The Shootout

 

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The Boston Bruins Need Help On The Wing

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Feb. 24 trade deadline will have GM Don Sweeney mulling such potential options as Chris Kreider (Rangers), Tyler Toffoli (Kings), Kyle Palmieri (Devils), and perhaps Wayne Simmonds (Devils) as fits for David Krejci’s right side.

All, save for Palmieri, are on track to be unrestricted free agents July 1. Palmieri has next year on his contract, at a $4.65 million cap hit, placing the ex-Notre Dame standout in the same circumstances where Coyle stood with the Wild this time a year ago.

Despite his production slump of late, Coyle now looks like a steal, the Bruins yielding only prospect Ryan Donato, who has yet to find his footing (8-5—13 in 41 games) with the Wild this season. The Bruins brought in Johansson last season from the Devils, ostensibly to be with Krejci, only to find his best fit was a line deeper in the order with Coyle.

One sleeper here for consideration: Joe Thornton.

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Cam Neely Deserves Credit

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

With all respect to Jeremy Jacobs, at the ownership helm since 1975; Patrice Bergeron, who was playing at or near the peak of his powers for most of the 2010s; and Zdeno Chara, who very well may be chugging along in No. 33 when we review the 2020s, there is one figure that represents the past decade in Bruins history.

Cam Neely was named team president on June 16, 2010, charged with making the hockey and business decisions that shaped the franchise. They included the May 2015 hire of a general manager, Don Sweeney, who hired a coach, Bruce Cassidy. Both internal promotions, and the right ones. Did Neely himself choose all 140 players who wore Black and Gold the past 10 years? No, but in the sense the hockey buck stops at his desk, he was responsible for every one.

Among his big business calls: He oversaw the move from Wilmington to Brighton, the back-to-the-city initiative that made the Bruins a more enticing franchise for outsiders, and helped the development of young talent.

The on-ice results are what matter most, and since the 2010-11 season only Pittsburgh and Washington have a better winning percentage (.633) than Boston, which has one Stanley Cup title and three Final appearances (tied for most). It’s hard to argue for anyone but Chicago as the flag-carrier for the 2010s. The Blackhawks were the only team to win three Cup titles (2010, ’13, ’15), though they haven’t made the playoffs in three years.

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Do The Boston Bruins Need More Toughness?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Old time hockey, the game that was dotted with brawls and stick swinging and even the rare player foray into the stands to pound on the paying customers, ain’t never coming back.

The game, and the times in which we live, are all too smart, prim ‘n’ proper, and corporate mainstream for the clock to start running back toward Broad Street. It’s a kinder, gentler Original 31. Rarely is there a night that stretches the bounds of a PG rating.

Nonetheless , there were touches of that sweet ol’ thuggery that reappeared in the Bruins’ lopsided 7-3 win over the Caps Monday night at the Garden. Enough, in fact, to prompt Bruins management to think long and hard about adding some individual toughness to the lineup if they’re to make another legit run at Cup.

We give you Exhibit A: T.J. Oshie’s hit on Bruins blueline wunderkind Charlie McAvoy with 1:38 to go in the third. Nasty. Unnecessary. Cheaper than the last suit that sold off the rack at Filene’s Basement.

The game was over, the Bruins in the midst of nursing a 6-3 lead over the finish line. Oshie, with no interest in playing the puck, unloaded on the vulnerable prey that was McAvoy, the ex-BU blueliner who was already off-kilter as he sped toward the puck near the Caps bench. Nothing illegal about the smack, at least not by the standard set by the NHL Department of Player Safety, but it was a cheap and dangerous play that could have left McAvoy in a world of hurt.

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Below, watch the Oshie hit.

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Video- David Pastrnak vs. Tom Wilson

Jack Edwards with the call.

 

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Video- AKA The Mibury Shoe Incident

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Tim Thomas Is A Survivor

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

The first question for Tim Thomas at the Marriott Marquis was as basic as it gets. The former Bruin and one-time greatest goaltender on the planet was asked what the honor of being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame meant to him.

But as he immediately hinted at the emotion welling up inside of him, it was clear that this was not going to be a boilerplate media scrum with the ever-thoughtful Thomas. In a session marked by tears — and a few laughs, as Thomas himself did his best to lighten the mood — the goalie described a living hell that he’s been going through since suffering a concussion in his final NHL season in Florida and Dallas, his complicated relationship with the game that once was all-consuming and, later with a just a couple of familiar reporters, his fleeting thoughts of suicide.

“I’m a survivor,” said Thomas prior to the induction dinner.

That was not a boast, but rather a declaration of gratitude of what could have, but did not befall him, having avoided the fate of deceased hockey players that he knew such as Steve Montador, Derek Boogaard and Wade Belak.

Though he still needs a couple hours each morning to “re-order things,” he has started to feel like himself in just the past couple of years. While Thomas did not know how many concussions he had suffered during an active lifetime that’s included boxing on the street in Flint, Michigan, playing football and, of course, hockey, the one that sent him for a tailspin occurred while he was with the Panthers in 2013-14 when, in warmups, he took a puck off the chin.

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The Boston Bruins Could Have Interest In Taylor Hall

from Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston,

Undoubtedly the Bruins could use a player of Hall’s caliber as the big, skilled winger that David Krejci has been looking for on his line for the last couple of seasons. It would force the Bruins to rearrange things a little bit, of course, whether it's shifting Jake DeBrusk down to the third line, or requiring one of Anders Bjork, Danton Heinen or DeBrusk to play on the right side rather than the left.

But those are minor adjustments when it comes to a 28-year-old who's just a couple of years removed from 39 goals and 93 points on his way to the NHL’s MVP Award, and a player who could immediately give the Bruins two extremely dangerous offensive lines while handing Krejci the kind of experienced top goal-scorer he has been without since the days of Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Jarome Iginla, and even Loui Eriksson.

The issues are two-fold with Hall, as they are with any number of big ticket items available at the deadline. The first issue would be the prohibitive cost for a player who's a former No. 1 overall pick and a Hart Trophy winner as well. The Devils would be seeking something along the lines of the Ottawa haul for Mark Stone (forward and D-man prospects along with a high draft pick).  

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