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B’s Beat: Bruins Need More From Young Players

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The departures of Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton in the offseason, and the injury to Gregory Campbell to start the year; left room open for a few young Bruins’ prospects to grab a hold of an NHL job.

Guys like Ryan Spooner, Matt Fraser, Bobby Robins (technically not a youngster), Alex Khokhlachev, Seth Griffith, Justin Florek, Craig Cunningham, and Matt Lindblad all had the chance to battle for a spot and run with it.



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Let’s run through how each of them faired with the opportunity. I should warn you, it’s depressing.

Let’s start with Bobby Robins; Robins won a job out of training camp after he showed tremendous heart and determination. I have never really thought much of him as a player, but even I couldn’t deny that he had earned himself a spot.

Robins rewarded his own efforts with three scoreless games and 14 penalty minutes, including two spirited bouts, and a kneeing penalty against the Washington Capitals, which all but killed any chances of the team winning that game. If a star takes a penalty, it can be easier to swallow given their status and contributions to the team. If a role player like Robins takes a bad penalty, it hits twice as hard given their lack of contributions to the team. Robbins is currently on waivers for designation to Providence.

To be fair; it really isn’t all his fault. The game has passed players like him by. The goon age is at an end.

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Rajon Rondo’s Favorite NFL Team: The Bruins

During a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday night, Rajon Rondo was asked what his favorite NFL team was. He didn’t answer with the Patriots, but instead said the Bruins.

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Its a bit surprising he didn’t know the Bruins played hockey considering they play in the same building the Celtics do, but in his defense, the Bruins could probably win more games than the Jaguars! Just give Patrice Bergeron the pigskin, and I’m sure he could find the end zone!

B’s Beat: Bruins Sign Simon Gagne To One Year Deal

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The Boston Bruins have announced today the signing of veteran forward Simon Gagne to a one year $600,000 contract. This deal comes on the heels of another disappointing loss where the offense failed to get on track for the third straight game. It is also a necessity given the lack of production from any of the young forwards who have made the club out of camp.

 

Guys like Matt Fraser and Ryan Spooner had solid training camps which earned them NHL jobs, but have not been able to provide the secondary scoring the team needs right now as guys like Milan Lucic and David Krejci recover from lingering injuries.

 

Simon Gagne isn’t necessarily going to solve the B’s offensive woes, not by a long shot really, and I’m not really sure when he will play, but he will be a good veteran option in place of the above named youngsters. He will also be helpful on the team’s piss poor powerplay.

 

I imagine that when he starts he will see time on the B’s fourth line and slowly work his way up. I would ultimately like to see him slot in with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly, perhaps in an attempt to finally let Loui Eriksson mesh with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

 

Gagne has 288 goals, 309 assists, and a +129 in 799 NHL games. He is making his return to the NHL after sitting out all of last season.
 

In other news; the Bruins has also put Bobby Robins on waivers for designation to the Providence Bruins, and sent Jordan Caron down. It would appear as if both players’ NHL dreams are in jeopardy.

 

You can follow me on Twitter here: @Mattjacob64

 

Boston Bruins 2014/15 Season Preview

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Today marks the beginning of the Boston Bruins’ 2014-15 season. The offseason hasn’t necessarily been filled with a ton of moves, but training camp has had plenty of activity which will impact this season.

The biggest move came just days ago in the form a trade. Johnny Boychuk was shipped to the New York Islanders in exchange for two second round draft picks and a conditional third. This trade has been met with a bunch of criticism, but Peter Chiarelli didn’t really have a choice. He got a great return from a player who he simply would have lost at the end of the season.

It is easy to say that he could have gotten rid of Chris Kelly, Matt Bartkowski, Adam McQuaid, or Gregory Campbell, but he would have a very difficulty time moving any of those guys for a variety of reasons. Whether it be cap hit, no movement clause, injury history, or something else; the Bruins’ brass didn’t really have much a choice other than Boychuk. Most team’s probably didn’t want anything to do with those other guys.

So where does this move leave the rest of the team’s defense going into the season? Well… for starters it makes the D a little weaker. I don’t think they are going to crash and burn by any means, but losing a warrior like Boychuk does hurt.

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Wipe Away The Tears & Say Goodbye To Johnny Boychuk (VIDEO)

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Johnny Boychuk, we hardly knew you indeed. In just 6 short years in the Hub of hockey, your thunderous hits and laser like slappers made you a fan favorite of Boston Bruins fans everywhere. You were a blue collar worker on skates and gave your all for your teammates.

Johnny Rocket…

Boom Boom Boychuk…

You will be missed…

Happy trails #55….happy trails….

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The Patriots And Bruins Have Been Mortgaging Today For A Distant Tomorrow

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Back in July, if I told you the Patriots would trade Logan Mankins (for a tight end the Pats don’t throw to), their best offensive lineman and the Bruins would trade Johnny Boychuk (for some 2nd round picks in ’15 & ’16), a top three defenseman, you would think I was smoking an illegal substance. Well it looks like Bill Belichick and Peter Chiarelli have been smoking the whacky tobacky. These two trades were made planning for tomorrow instead of trying to win today.

Both Logan Mankins and Johnny Boychuk probably would not be wearing the Flying Elvis or Spoked B come 2015, but why not try to win now with an aging Tom Brady and Zdeno Chara? It now seems that the championship windows of both of these franchises may be closing quicker than their fans would want to admit or stomach. The Patriots may have a disgruntled Tom Brady on their hands and the Bruins have their “core” intact (minus Boychuk now) but the rest of the supporting cast is not good enough to compete with the iron of the NHL.

Mankins and Boychuk are just two of many bewildering and dumbfounding moves made by “the Hoodie” and PC. Here is a quick list of the head scratchers of both teams:

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  •  Allowing Wes Welker to walk
  •  Allowing Danny Woodhead to walk
  •  Signing Danny “They won’t throw to me” Amendola
  •  Undervaluing Emmanuel Sanders
  • Leaving Aaron Dobson inactive for 3 out of 4 games
  • Cutting Kenbrell Thompkins (who Brady actually TRUSTS)

These moves have left Tom Brady with no one to throw to outside Julian Edelman and a half powered Rob Gronkowski. This is of course if he has any time to throw with the turnstile of an offensive in front of him. Instead of surrounding a future Hall of famer with an arsenal of weapons (hello Peyton Manning), Brady is given the scraps from the bargain bin.

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