Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bruins trade goalie Martin Jones to Sharks

Bruins GM Don Sweeney has pulled off another trade in his short time as GM. The Bruins have traded goalie Martin Jones (who they got in the Lucic trade with the LA Kings) to the San Jose Sharks for a first round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and forward Sean Kuraly.
Kuraly, 22, skated in all 40 games for Miami University (Ohio) in 2014-15 as Assistant Captain, racking up 19-10=29 totals with 38 penalty minutes. The forward's 19 goals ranked second on the team, while his 29-point output ranked fifth.

In 118 of a possible 120 NCAA contests (missed just two games to compete for Team USA in the 2013 World Junior Championships) at Miami University, Kuraly accrued 37-33=70 totals. Kuraly joins forwards Reilly Smith and Austin Czarnik as Miami University (Ohio) alumni currently in the Bruins' organization. Kuraly was teammates with Czarnik from 2012-15.

Kuraly won a gold medal competing for Team USA in the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, where he recorded one goal and two assists with a plus-four rating in seven games. Kuraly became one of two players in MU history (Riley Barber) to win gold at World Juniors.

Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, Kuraly played three seasons ( 2009-12) for the Indiana Ice of the USHL were he scored 41 goals and collected 61 assists in 110 games with a combined plus-17 rating. In 11 USHL playoff competitions, the forward notched four goals and four assists.

The 6'2", 201-pound forward from Dublin, OH was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: bruins.nhl.com

Bruins sign Adam McQuaid to 4-year contract

Adam McQuaid
Adam McQuaid
This signing was a bit of a head-scratcher as Bruins GM Don Sweeney announced that the Bruins signed defenseman Adam McQuaid to a 4-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season at an NHL cap figure of 2.75 million per year.

McQuaid has played a total of 283 NHL regular season games, has 9 goals and 34 assists for 43 points. He has a career plus/minus rating of +51 and has 430 PIMs.

McQuaid, who is a 5th/6th d-man, is injury prone, and has only 9 career goals, will be making $2.75 million per season, umm what? Is this the going rate for 5th/6th d-men? Don't get me wrong, I love the way McQuaid plays the game and that he stands up for teammates, but at that price, I think the Bruins are overpaying him.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bruins acquire agitator Zac Rinaldo

Zac Rinaldo
Zac Rinaldo
If you've heard the name Zac Rinaldo before, it was most likely from hearing about a suspension or cheapshot he put on someone. Well, you'll be hearing his name more often as the Bruins acquired Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade for the Bruins natural third round draft pick in 2017.

Rinaldo has played in 223 NHL regular season games, has 8 goals and 16 assists for 24 points. He also has a plus/minus of -30 and he has accumulated 572 PIMs.

Rinaldo may help the Bruins in the physical presence and fighting areas of the game, but he is most likely going to hurt them with dumb penalties. He plays out of control and if you take a look into his past you can see there is a trend. He has already been suspended three times for a total of 14 games. Rinaldo is signed through the next two seasons at 850K per season.

Take a look at the below articles by broadstreethockey.com and nj.com, and let us know what you think. I'm all for having tough guys and agitators on your team but this move in my opinion was a bad move.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bruins picks in 2015 NHL Entry Draft

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft was this past weekend and the Bruins had three first-round selections. Here are the Bruins 2015 draft selections:

Round 1 selections
Jakub Zboril, 13th overall pick, defenseman, 18 years old, native of Czech Republic, 6'1", 184lbs, shoots left

Jake DeBrusk, 14th overall pick, forward, will turn 19 years old in October, native of Edmonton, Alberta, 6'0", 174lbs, shoots left

Zachary Senyshyn, 15th overall pick, forward, 18 years old, native of Nepean, Ontario, 6'1", 192lbs, shoots right

Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Zachary Senyshyn

Round 2 selections
Brandon Carlo, 37th overall pick, defenseman, 18 years old, born in Colorado, US, 6'5", 196lbs, shoots right

Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, 45th overall pick, forward, 18 years old, born in Sweden, 6'1", 190lbs, shoots right

Jeremy Lauzon, 52nd overall pick, defenseman, 18 years old, born in Canada, 6'2", 193lbs, shoots left

Round 3 selections
Daniel Vladar, 75th overall pick, goalie, 17 years old, born in Czech Republic, 6'5", 185lbs, catches left

Round 4 selections
Jesse Gabrielle, 105th overall pick, forward, 18 years old, born in Edmonton, Alberta, 5'11", 205lbs, shoots left

Round 6 selections
Cameron Hughes, 165th overall pick, forward, 18 years old, born in Edmonton, Alberta, 6'0", 163lbs, shoots left

Round 7 selections
Jack Becker, 195th overall pick, forward, 18 years old, born in Minnesota, US, 6'3", 188lbs, shoots right

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bruins trade Milan Lucic to Kings

Milan Lucic
Milan Lucic
New Bruins GM Don Sweeney wasn't done making moves after the Hamilton deal as the Bruins announced that they traded forward Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings for the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, defenseman Colin Miller and goaltender Martin Jones.

Lucic played in 566 regular season games for the Bruins, totaling 139 goals, 203 assists for 342 points and wracked up 772 PIMs. In 96 playoff games, Lucic totaled 26 goals, 35 assists for 61 points and wracked up 155 PIMs.

Colin Miller is 6'1", 201lbs, shoots right, born in Ontario, Canada, and will be 23 years old in October. Miller has not played in the NHL yet.

Martin Jones is 6'4", 187lbs, catches left, born in BC, Canada, and is 25 years old. Jones has played in 34 NHL games, has a record of 16-11-0, with a .923 save percentage and a 1.99 GAA.

Bruins trade Dougie Hamilton to Flames

Dougie Hamilton
Out of no where news came that the Bruins have traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three draft picks. The Bruins received the 15th, 45th and 52nd overall picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Hamilton played in 178 regular season games for the Bruins, totaling 22 goals, 61 assists for 83 points. In 19 playoff games, Hamilton totaled 2 goals, 8 assists for 10 points.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bruins trade Carl Soderberg to Avalanche

Carl Soderberg
Today Bruins GM Don Sweeney announced that the Bruins have traded the rights to forward Carl Soderberg to the Colorado Avalanche for the Avs 6th-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Soderberg played in 161 regular season NHL games with the Boston Bruins, totaling 29 goals, 65 assists for 94 points. In 14 playoff games, Soderberg totaled 1 goal, 5 assists for 6 points.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Patrice Bergeron wins Frank J. Selke Trophy

Bruins Patrice Bergeron wins the 2015 Frank J. Selke Trophy
Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins poses in the press room after winning the Frank Selke Award at the 2015 NHL Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 24, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (June 23, 2015 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)
At the NHL Awards, Bruins Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded annually "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." Bergeron has won the award now three times in the past four seasons (2011, 2013, 2014).