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The Florida Panthers Acquire Frank Vatrano From The Boston Bruins

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallonannounced today that the club has acquired forward Frank Vatrano from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a third-round pick at the 2018 NHL Draft.

"Frank is a talented, versatile forward who can score goals, contribute offensively and add to the depth of our forward group," Tallon said. "He's a young player who is still improving and has the ability to support our core group right now and for many years to come."

Vatrano, 23, has appeared in 108 career NHL games, producing 31 points (20-11-31). The 5-foot-9, 201-pound native of East Longmeadow, Mass., recorded his first 10-goal campaign in the NHL in 2016-17. This season, Vatrano has posted two goals over 25 games.

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‘Shorter’ Penalty Kills

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Twenty years ago, the NHL started tracking ice time. Since 1997-98, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team has ever paired two defensemen 5-9 or shorter on a penalty kill. The 1995-96 Sharks were the last team to dress two such blue liners: Tom Pederson and Vlastimil Kroupa, both 5-9. It is unknown if they killed together because ice time was not recorded.

Krug and Grzelcyk, both short, offensive-minded defensemen, are untraditional options as penalty killers. But pairing two defensemen with their skill sets on the kill may not be just a worst-case scenario.

“It just changes the dynamic,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We should be more aggressive, because you don’t want those guys battling in front. It can work in your favor. Z and Adam are more positionally big sticks, long sticks. Once they come in to you, look out, because they’re big bodies. Whereas the other guys are jumping you. I know it happens to our power play sometimes.”

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The New York Rangers Drop Another Game

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

When the Rangers look back after this season ends, they may point to Wednesday as the day that the wheels came off.

In a 6-1 loss at the Garden to the Boston Bruins — who are a red-hot, legit Cup contender — the Blueshirts lost their fourth straight and looked like a distracted team just waiting for trades, with their minds on their uncertain futures.

Henrik Lundqvist, who was pulled for the third time in five starts, said: “It was disappointing, frustrating and embarrassing. The way things have been going lately takes me from being the way I want to be, on my toes, aggressive, to being a little passive in the second. I think it’s obviously a mental thing right now, it’s not technical. Those two goals in the first had a negative effect on my play.”

Lundqvist was chased in the second period after allowing four goals on 16 shots. He will still be around in April, long past the Feb. 26 trade deadline. But otherwise, this year’s team is officially a squad in transition, often lost on defense, and one that is expected to shed some unrestricted free agents and perhaps some more familiar faces in the summer as a re-tooling continues.

The Bruins, who won their fourth straight, steamrolled the Rangers, who have lost 7 of 8 and are 4-11 since the Winter Classic (all 11 losses coming in regulation).


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Brad Marchand On His Reputation

from Matt Kalman of the Boston Herald,

Marchand, though, will be a welcome addition to the Bruins lineup for the stretch run. And while he’ll be looking to help the Bruins, he’ll also be trying to rehabilitate his own image after his sixth, and longest, NHL suspension.

Marchand is on the verge of a third straight 30-goal season, but his disciplinary issues have tarnished his reputation as much as his production has boosted it.

“It’s tough. I’ve tried for a while now to kind of get away from that role and just can’t seem to escape it,” Marchand said after yesterday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “I think obviously you look at the last few years, I’ve turned into a decent player, and it’s tough to be branded with that name consistently. Obviously it’s from my own doing, but it’s tough to escape.

“It’s what I had to do to get in the league, so I’ll never say that I wouldn’t go back and play the same way coming into the league, and it’s what I had to earn a job and get to where I am today. But it’s definitely tougher. It’s something . . . when you’re done, you want to look back on it and say that you’re remembered as a decent player, and I’ve had a decent run with the (Stanley) Cup and World Championship, World Cup and World Juniors. So there’s some accolades there, too, that I want to be remembered for, but it’s kind of overshadowed right now.”


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Youngsters Deliver For The Boston Bruins

from Gary Santaniello at the New York Times,

At 6-7-4 after a loss at Anaheim on Nov. 15, the Bruins won nine of their next 11. Then, starting on Dec. 16, they earned points in their next 18 games (14-0-4), until the streak ended with a 3-1 loss at home to Anaheim on Tuesday night. It was the team’s longest such streak since the Bruins of Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and Gerry Cheevers put together a 13-0-5 run in the 1968-69 season.

Before regaining full strength, the Bruins played as many as seven rookies among their 20 skaters in consecutive games in November. Seven players have scored their first regular-season N.H.L. goals this season, and defenseman Brandon Carlo, 21, a second-year player, is often paired with the captain Zdeno Chara.

Now, with the younger players integrated into Cassidy’s system, Boston is in a good position to take a high seed into the playoffs.

“It’s a credit to those guys,” Cassidy said. “They’ve certainly helped put us in a good position heading into the stretch.”


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Video- Good Goal Boston?



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Afternoon Line- Brad Marchand


Marcus Johansson has a concussion from the hit.

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Only Five Games For Brad Marchand?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Brad Marchand's vicious elbow to the head of Marcus Johansson was bad enough, but the NHL's feeble five-game suspension for such a flagrant transgression by a six-time offender is even worse.

The same league that has proved time and again that it has no interest in protecting its star players from the actions of thugs and miscreants is more than happy to protect stars who are thugs and miscreants themselves. That’s really the only conclusion that can be drawn from the NHL’s ridiculously feeble five-game suspension to Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins for his flying elbow to the head of Marcus Johansson of the New Jersey Devils.

It’s bad enough that Marchand only received five games for an action that was so egregious, so blatant and so gratuitously vicious and dirty. But what makes it worse is that George Parros and his band at the NHL’s department of player safety watched Marchand’s indiscretion hundreds of times in slow motion from every angle and never had any intention of giving him more than five games.


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Charlie McAvoy Had A Procedure Done Today For An Abnormal Heart Rhythm

BOSTON - Boston Bruins Team Internist Dr. David Finn has issued the following statement on Charlie McAvoy :

Charlie McAvoy underwent a successful procedure today at the Massachusetts General Hospital to treat an abnormal heart rhythm.

Following the Bruins game on November 26, 2017, Charlie told team physicians that he experienced heart palpitations during the game. Subsequently he underwent an evaluation, which diagnosed him with a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). The type of SVT Charlie has is not considered to be dangerous to his health but can recur at any time and causes significant symptoms.

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Marc Savard Officially Retires

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