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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Nobody wants to see Boychuk traded from this current group of Bruins, and dealing away the hard-nosed, hard-hitting D-man with the booming shot will weaken their team in the short term. His inclusive personality would be missed. His intensity in the playoffs would be missed. His willingness to endure a puck to the face to win a game would be severely missed.
Winning it all this season would be aided by having No. 55 in uniform for the Black and Gold.
But Boychuk would net the biggest savings if his $3.36 million cap hit was dealt to a team in need of his services, and he’d also yield the best player in return to a Bruins team that could use a right wing. Could he be packaged with other items to rescue a gem like Nail Yakupov from the Edmonton Oilers, or Jakob Silfverberg, or Tomas Tatar?
There’s also the cold, hard fact that the Bruins won’t be able to afford Boychuk after this season when he hits unrestricted free agency. He will easily command $5-6 million per season based on the ludicrous contract given to Brooks Orpik by the Washington Capitals, and the Bruins would be hard-pressed to go that high with a second-pairing defenseman on the wrong side of 30.
It comes down to signing players like Soderberg, Hamilton, Krug, Smith and others to deals while absorbing the $7.25 million Krejci cap hit after this season, and Boychuk seems like an ill-fitting jigsaw puzzle piece from a cap perspective.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
They still have to sign power play defenceman Torrey Krug and top-nine winger Reilly Smith, and they lost first-line forward Jarome Iginla to the Colorado Avalanche because the Avs could give him more than a one-year performance-laced deal.
They also have to resign their second-best centre David Krejci, also UFA next summer.
Can they afford to give Boychuk a multi-year deal, with a significant raise from his current $3.33 million cap hit? Do they have anyone who can take his spot with a similar skill-set? Do the Bruins think about moving Boychuk before h becomes UFA? Does Boychuk see what a reasonable facsimile player Brooks Orpik, 34 next month, got from Washington ($5.5 million cap over five years) this July and think he’d like a shot at the same gravy?
All questions to ponder.
Max Pacioretty received two for boarding and Johnny Boychuk was taken off on a stretcher.
Boychuk was talking to the medical staff and appeared to be in some discomfort.
Malkin received 2 for boarding, the NBC crew calls it a dangerous hit.
What do you think?
added 10:40pm, Another video of the hit, this time with Jack Edwards making the call. Watch it below…
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a three-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed at this time.
So far this season, the 28-year-old Boychuk has played in 52 games with three goals and seven assists for 10 points. As of February 14th, he ranks second among B’s defensemen in plus/minus with a +23 on the season, trailing only Zdeno Chara. The +23 ranks eighth overall amongst skaters in the NHL.
In his first full season with the Boston Bruins in 2010-2011, he appeared in a career high 69 games with three goals and a career high 13 assists in the regular season. Boychuk skated in all 25 playoff games last season and collected nine points on three goals and six assists during Boston’s 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run.
From James Mirtle at the Globe & Mail:
The NHL’s acting disciplinarian, Mike Murphy, confirmed Tuesday that Boston Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk will not be suspended for his hit on Canucks winger Mason Raymond in the opening seconds of Monday’s Game 6.
According to Canucks GM Mike Gillis, Raymond “sustained a vertebrae compression fracture” on the play and is expected to miss three to four months.
Murphy said via email that the league’s hockey operations department reviewed the play but deemed it an “awkward collision” and not worthy of a suspension.
“[It was an] awkward collusion between two players battling for space/room,” Murphy wrote. “[You] rarely see a player bumped when in the position Raymond was in (bent over forward).”
Sportsnet (headline on their hockey page) is reporting sources are telling Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy that Vancouver Canucks forward Mason Raymond suffered a fractured vertebrae while Darren Dreger of TSN writes,
The Vancouver Canucks were very upset that there was no penalty call on the play where Mason Raymond was injured on the first shift of the game.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis stormed out of the TD Garden after Game 6, questioning a lot of people as he headed toward the Canucks’ bus as to whether or not anyone saw the puck near Raymond when he was hit by Johnny Boychuk.
Watch the NBC broadcast of the hit…
Mason needed assistance to get off the ice.
added 9:11pm, Mason has been transported on a stretcher to a local Boston hospital.
Word is he will not return to the game today after taking this slash from Johnny Boychuk.
added 2:35pm, Looking at the video again, he may have also hurt his left leg/ankle when sliding into the boards. Sabres are just saying lower-body injury.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
If it’s up to the Bruins players, 19-year-old Sabres defenseman and Calder Trophy candidate Tyler Myers would be one of the first players to be penalized under the blind side, head shot “Savard” rule the NHL adopted last month.
Johnny Boychuk was drilled in the side of the jaw by an elevated Myers’ shoulder – that was either a lateral hit or a hit from behind—during the third period, and went down in a heap before quickly recovering and hopping back into the play.
It ranked high on the dangerous scale, but ultimately didn’t put the tough Boychuk out of commission with a head injury. That’s both the good and bad news….
“I didn’t see him coming, I didn’t have the puck and I felt like it was a shot to the head, I guess,” said Boychuk. “Then they called it the freakin’ hit of the night in the arena with the fans going crazy. He was coming right at my head.
“[He hit] me right on the side of the jaw. I guess they’re letting that go now. I expected a physical game no matter what. It is playoffs and everybody is going hard and putting everything on the line because they want to win the Cup.”
added 1:05pm, Watch the hit below…