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Trading Loui Eriksson

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

During Claude Julien’s time, the coach has never faced the possibility of a late-winter sprint with a diminished roster. The Bruins have always been active about addressing their would-be free agents before the trade deadline forced them into action.

There is no doubt that trading Eriksson will make the Bruins weaker. This is not the direction teams with playoffs dreams prefer to trend.

Eriksson is the one right wing who has earned Julien’s trust. The Bruins would have to find not just a second-line replacement, but another penalty killer and a net-front/goal-line presence on the No. 1 power-play unit. The latter will be especially difficult to find. No left-shot forward on the roster has Eriksson’s man-up skill set.

Under normal circumstances, Sweeney could command a first-round pick and prospect for Eriksson. Futures, however, do not serve Julien, not when he’s had Dougie Hamilton, Milan Lucic, and Johnny Boychuk moved from his toolbox within the last 16 months without varsity returns.

Even if the Bruins packaged one of their two 2016 first-rounders with Eriksson, the return would not net their preferred asset: a young top-four defenseman such as Matt Dumba, Jonas Brodin (currently out 3-6 weeks with a broken foot), or Sami Vatanen.

One outcome could be sending Eriksson out for a defenseman with term left on his contract, especially to a team looking to clear salary.

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What Will The Bruins Do With Loui Eriksson?

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Every team would like to have Eriksson on its roster. And keeping Eriksson is no guarantee for the Bruins. This is the wing’s final shot at a long-term payday. Eriksson, via agent J.P. Barry, will be seeking a maximum payout, both in term and salary.

The Bruins believe they have room to re-sign Eriksson. Next year, they will likely say goodbye to Talbot, Chris Kelly, Kevan Miller, and Jonas Gustavsson. They will be free of the $2.75 million in salary retained from trading Milan Lucic. They are not projected to carry an overage penalty like the approximate $969,000 they are carrying for exceeding last year’s cap.

These savings will give them plenty of cash to pay Eriksson the salary — he would be justified in asking for $6 million annually — he wants on an extension.

The question is term. If Sweeney can’t sell his colleagues in hockey operations on the logic of re-upping Eriksson, it will be because the wing asks for more years than the Bruins are willing to cede.

Eriksson has excellent hockey sense. He is as good with his stick as any player in the league. But it will do his employer no good if his wheels don’t put him in place to maximize his assets.

So as they did with Lucic, they will wheel Eriksson for assets prior to the Feb. 29 trade deadline before letting him walk. The concern is whether they can improve by trading the all-around wing. The Bruins are in a playoff position and are likely to stay among the East’s top eight with the current roster.

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Video- Scott Oake Discussion With Patrice Bergeron

via Sportsnet,

Patrice Bergeron sits down with Scott Oake to talk about his acting career, how having a child changed his approach to life and how safety is getting better in the NHL.


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Videos- What You May Have Missed Last Night

Patrick Kane with his first, regula season hat trick.



Vladislav Namestnikov had a 'hatty' too for the Tampa Bay Lightning...

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The Boston Bruins Are Flirting With Their Playoff Chances

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

One has to wonder how many more seismic hits the Bruins can take before it starts to reveal some cracks in the foundation.

The Bruins have lost eight of their past 10, scored just 26 goals in those 10 contests and scored two goals or less in seven of those as a clear offensive slowdown has occurred with David Krejci out. It’s the exact same thing that happened last season when the Bruins dropped to 22nd in the NHL in offense with Krejci in and out of the lineup. The offensive drop-off has magnified other ongoing problems with the Black and Gold.

Those were on display Wednesday night in a 3-2 loss to the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center, where the B’s scraped for two goals and then collapsed in the final 20 minutes again with Zdeno Chara on ice for all three goals scored by the Flyers. That’s a recipe for disaster for the Bruins and it will drag the team out of the playoff picture if it continues much longer.

The Bruins are locked into the final wild card spot with the same 47 points as the New Jersey Devils, but Boston has the inside track on the position right now by virtue of their two games in hand. That will change, however, if the Bruins keep blowing the games in hand they hold over the other teams in the East.


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Video- Zach Sill Hit On Adam McQuaid

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was knocked out of Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals thanks to a vicious hit from behind by Washington’s Zach Sill, which is now being reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

The incident took place in the middle of the second period, and went without any kind of penalty call on the ice against Sill.

“They didn’t, I guess, seem to get a good look at it, or just seemed to think it was maybe two minutes at best,” said Claude Julien. “I had the luxury of going back to my office and looking at the replay. Obviously, for me, there should have been a call there.

“But you know we’ll see how the league deems it. It was definitely a hit from behind in my book, but we’ll let the other people take care of it as always.”


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Video- Another Winter Classic Is In The Record Books

The Montreal Canadiens defeated the host Boston Bruins 5-1.



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Video- Winter Classic Edition Of Coach’s Corner

via Sportsnet,

In this special 2016 NHL Winter Classic edition, Ron & Don look back at some vintage Cherry moments behind the Boston Bruins bench vs. their rival Canadiens.

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Afternoon Line- Adrian Dater


Raymond Bourque is playing in the Montreal/Boston outdoor alumni game today.

added 4:27pm,


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Video- You Want Bruins/Habs?


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