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Morning Skate: Outer space

Morning Skate: Outer space

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ A little wiggle room! Thursday! When the Bruins re-signed Jake DeBrusk, it crossed a bit of business off of the to-do list, and also gave us our first bit of Bruins-related news in quite some time. Heading into the off-season, the Bruins’ main chores were to re-sign DeBrusk and Grzelcyk, then see what Zdeno Chara wanted to do. Two of the three are in the books, leaving Chara hanging out there as the last item to cross off. As we wait for that, it’s worth considering how things look for the B’s from a cap perspective. Per Cap Friendly, the...
Dec 2, 2020
Morning Skate: Get Kraken

Morning Skate: Get Kraken

Photo by B Bennett/ Not much doing, folks. Yesterday, we kicked off the month of December, and it was nearly 60 degrees in Boston. Even weirder? It’s December and no one knows if the season is even going to be played. Good times. The latest news is that the NHL is claiming it needs to somehow recoup $300 million to play this coming season, which is insane. To make those ends meet, the league wants players to defer even more of the salary that they’ve already deferred. For some players, deferring, say, another 10% on top of an initial 10% wouldn’t break the bank....
Dec 1, 2020
Morning Skate: Throwback

Morning Skate: Throwback

Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via 15 years is a long time. I’m not sure how I missed this, but yesterday was apparently the 15th anniversary of the Joe Thornton trade. What a day that was! The Bruins made themselves markedly worse, made San Jose markedly better, and spawned a billion takes in the process. (Imagine if Twitter was around for this trade? It would have ruled.) Anyways, the Thornton for Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm, and Wayne Primeau deal was a bad move for the Bruins, one there’s really no defending. Still, the Bruins would be “good” again just three or...
Nov 30, 2020
Johnny Beecher named to USA's WJC camp!

Johnny Beecher named to USA's WJC camp!

Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via The big boy 1st rounder takes up with Old Glory once again! Michigan's first line center will once again be heading to the world juniors, as the USA released their preliminary roster today. Four other Wolverines will be joining Mr. Beecher in the hopes of representing the States in Edmonton. Introducing #TeamUSA’s preliminary roster for the 2021 World Junior Championship. Details → https://t.co/jl5TjuVqJH #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/ZygW1II1go— USA Hockey (@usahockey) November 30, 2020 It’s a good sign for...
Nov 30, 2020
Morning Skate: Long December

Morning Skate: Long December

Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Studios/ A new month looms. FOLKS. It is the end of November. Tomorrow is December 1st. Weird, wild stuff. Hopefully all of you Americans enjoyed your holiday, and everyone else enjoyed the end of their weeks. It’s weird to think that tomorrow is December 1st. The NHL, by all accounts, still seems determined to start in January...yet we’ve heard absolutely nothing in terms of concrete detail. There are rumblings that players expect to be called back to their team cities in the coming couple of weeks, but if you’re a player...
Nov 27, 2020
Grade the Players: David Krejci’s playoff performances and consistency remain undervalued

Grade the Players: David Krejci’s playoff performances and consistency remain undervalued

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Krejci remained solid in the middle of the Bruins’ ever-changing second line. Grade: B+ A veteran of 911 games in the spoked ‘B’, David Krejci’s time in Boston has been nothing short of remarkable. A staple behind Patrice Bergeron in the middle of the Bruins’ top six, Krejci followed a decent regular season with another productive post-season in which he notched 12 points in 13 contests. It was more of the same in 2019-20 for the Czech center, as hot-and-cold play from Jake DeBrusk and the ever-persistent struggle to find...
Nov 27, 2020
Would the proposed divisions for the 2020-2021 NHL season favor or hinder the Boston Bruins?

Would the proposed divisions for the 2020-2021 NHL season favor or hinder the Boston Bruins?

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via If it happens, let’s size up the new neighbors for Boston’s trip to the 2021 playoffs! The news of a potential division re-alignment for the upcoming 2021 NHL season, due to the pandemic, first broke when Vegas Knights owner Bill Foley let the cat out of the bag in a local Las Vegas radio interview. A few weeks have past, and we recently heard that Foley’s remarks on the new division may actually be correct. According to Greg Wyshynski of ESPN, the new divisions could already be in place, and they look like this: From today's...
Nov 25, 2020
Former Bruin Johnny Boychuk calls it a career at 36

Former Bruin Johnny Boychuk calls it a career at 36

Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via An eye injury has prevented him from continuing. A tough break for a beloved former Bruin today: Johnny Boychuk has decided to hang ‘em up at the age of 36. #Isles News: After numerous and extensive medical exams, New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk’s career has come to an end, due to an eye injury suffered during the 2019-20 regular season.https://t.co/HqUt4e0Se0— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 25, 2020 Boychuk was injured back in early March, just a few days before hockey shut down due to...
Nov 25, 2020
NWHL to play season in a bubble

NWHL to play season in a bubble

The NWHL has announced that they will be playing a shortened season in a closed bubble in 2021. The games will be played in Lake Placid, the site of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice.” The NWHL has announced that the 2020-2021 seasoned will be condensed into a two week span covering January 23- February 5, 2021. All teams will play each other only once before a six team playoff to determine the Isobel Cup Champion. The games will be played in a closed bubble in Lake Placid, New York. Despite the reduced schedule all players will receive their full seasons salary. The...
Nov 25, 2020
Grade the Players: Tasked with assuming starter duties mid-playoffs, Jaroslav Halak did his best to look the part

Grade the Players: Tasked with assuming starter duties mid-playoffs, Jaroslav Halak did his best to look the part

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports The series against Tampa exposed many weaknesses for the B’s, but the series loss doesn’t fall at Halak’s feet. Grade: A- We’ll get to the bubble in a moment, but first, let’s take a quick lap through Jaroslav Halak’s regular season. With the Bruins coming out of a Cup run, and knowing the widely-held truth that Tuukka Rask needs a partner in net that can take about ⅓ of the season’s workload, Halak likely figured he’d get the same slate as the year prior. He kicked off his season with a shutout in Arizona and with the...
Nov 25, 2020
Morning Skate: On holiday

Morning Skate: On holiday

Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Enjoy Thanksgiving! It is Wednesday, my dudes. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the United States and the day after is always a pseudo-holiday, so this will be your last Morning Skate of the week. Use it wisely. We’ll have Jaroslav Halak’s player review coming today, then David Krejci’s Friday, so you’ll still be able to get your #content fix. One of the better Thanksgiving-related traditions is Zdeno Chara’s annual donation of food to deserving people in the Boston area. Unsurprisingly, Chara continued that...
Nov 24, 2020
Northeastern postpones winter sports through mid-December

Northeastern postpones winter sports through mid-December

The Huskies have put a hold on their season, along with two other Hockey East schools at this time. Today, Northeastern announced that it will not have any winter sport activity until December 18, at the earliest. Northeastern postpones winter sports until Dec. 18. ➡️ https://t.co/ex1AZKDkSY | #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/21izmVbZuR— Northeastern Huskies (@GoNUathletics) November 24, 2020 The reason behind the pause: multiple teams on the Northeastern campus have had small outbreaks of COVID-19. Northeastern AD Jeff Konya had already made the call to suspend fall...
Nov 24, 2020
Grade the Players: Goals were down but points were up in a solid season for Sean Kuraly

Grade the Players: Goals were down but points were up in a solid season for Sean Kuraly

Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via He had up-and-down stretches, and could have used more offensive output. Grade: B Bruins center Sean Kuraly contributed as a bottom-six forward with relative consistency during the regular season. He used his frame to win battles behind the net and stay strong on the puck to create opportunities for himself and his teammates. He earned a career high of 23 points in 69 games during the 2019-20 season. Kuraly had a little drop-off in goals from the 2018-19 season: during the 2019-20 season, he only netted six goals, compared to nine the...
Nov 24, 2020
Morning Skate: Celebration

Morning Skate: Celebration

Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Jake DeBrusk is BACK. Tuesday! The Bruins had a bit of a news dump yesterday evening, announcing that they’d re-signed restricted free agent Jake DeBrusk to a new two-year deal. DeBrusk’s $3.675 million AAV is a fair deal for both sides, giving the Bruins some flexibility and giving DeBrusk a chance to further prove himself and earn a big raise in a couple years. So...what’s next? Per CapFriendly, the Bruins have just over $2.9 million in cap space left to play with this offseason. That should be more than enough room to bring back...
Nov 23, 2020
Jake DeBrusk re-signs in Boston for 2 years!

Jake DeBrusk re-signs in Boston for 2 years!

Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Jake the Snake is back in town! After months of radio silence, the Bruins have done A Thing! The Bruins just announced that they have re-signed winger Jake DeBrusk to a 2 year contract, with an annual cap hit of $3.65 Million AAV. #CELLYSZN is back for two more years!Bruins sign Jake DeBrusk to two-year contract with an annual @NHL cap hit of $3.675 million.@JDebrusk | #NHLBruins Details: https://t.co/PMBwCKhS9e— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 23, 2020 DeBrusk has routinely been a solid performer on the B’s second line since...