Ryan Spooner, Bruins Offers Released

 

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Over the past few weeks, Bruins forward Ryan Spooner has been in many talks regarding contracts and trades. However, an arbitration date was announced couple weeks ago, July 26th.

Today, July 24th, the offers from both parties have been released to the public. The Boston Bruins offered Spooner a one-year, $2 million contract, only for Spooner’s camp to return with a $3.85 million offer.

Ryan Spooner is coming off of a 39-point season in 78 games (11 goals, 28 assists). The 25-year-old has built great chemistry with forward David Pastrnak on the power play.

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The Future Of David Pastrnak & Ryan Spooner

 

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As the 2017 NHL offseason continues to roll along, the fate of certain players has been determined, while others await the verdict. For the Boston Bruins, two players, in particular, have been involved in many talks regarding either re-signing or a trade. What does the future hold for the two RFAs, Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak?

David Pastrnak

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It’s pretty safe to say that every fan of the Boston Bruins wants David Pastrnak to return to Boston, wearing a black and gold sweater in the 2017-18 campaign. The Czech Republic native had a breakout season this past year, accomplishing 34-36-70 totals in 75 games that he skated in.

Pastrnak surprised many critics as well. At the beginning of his career, the main talking point was about his size or the size that he was lacking. David did not let that affect his hard work, as he eventually made the roster and he made the most of the opportunity. Pastrnak finished second in total points for all restricted free agents, behind only Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers.

There is no denying that the 21-year-old has earned a pay raise, after just coming off of his entry-level deal. Now what should the new contract be?

For me, the smartest decision would be to sign Pastnak for long-term. The National Hockey League seems to be growing year-by-year and if that continues to occur, the salary cap could very well continue to rise. Signing Pastrnak to a six or seven year deal at around $6.5 million would get the best ‘bang for your buck’ when the later years come along. By the time David is in year four or five, I imagine $6.5 million would be considered as a steal.

If the Bruins decide to sign Pasta to a three-year deal, he will be reaching his peak once the contract finishes, therefore the $6.5 million will most likely rise quite a lot.

Also, I wouldn’t worry about the signing taking this long. There is no way Boston lets Pastrnak go. I can see the management waiting for the signing of Leon Draisaitl in Edmonton. Both players are RFAs this offseason and had similar seasons. Draisaitl put up seven more points than David did, not amounting to too much of a difference. Pastrnak’s camp most likely wants to see what Draisaitl gets to get as much as they can as well.

Prediction: Bruins sign F David Pastrnak to a eight-year deal with an AAV of $7 million.

 

 

Ryan Spooner

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Ryan Spooner has indeed had a rough time in Boston. From nearly the beginning of his career in 2012, Spooner has had to hear trade rumors after trade rumors due to his ‘insufficient numbers’.

Ryan was off and on in the NHL in the 2012-13 season, 2013-14 season, and 2014-15 season, playing in 4 games, 23 games, and 29 games in each of those respective seasons.

During the 2015-16 campaign, however, Spooner received his chance. In 80 games, Ryan finished with 11-36-49 totals and a -9 rating. Spooner’s numbers did decrease in the past season, completing the year with 11-28-39 totals and a -8 rating in 78 games.

Due to the diminishing points from one year to the next, many people began to call for the head of Ryan Spooner. Trade rumors that would send Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche to the Bruins in exchange for Ryan Spooner, Jakub Zboril, and a 1st round pick continued to grow. However, Avalanche general manager, Joe Sakic’s asking price for Duchene was way too high for the Bruins. Even defenseman Brandon Carlo was added into the rumor.

For the majority of the season, Ryan Spooner controlled the third-line center position, along side Jimmy Hayes and Matt Beleskey. Both Hayes and Beleskey had a dismal year, leading to the eventual buyout of Jimmy Hayes this offseason. Although Spooner did get some power play minutes along side of David Pastrnak, they didn’t seem to add enough points to impress people.

Spooner finished this last season with only two points behind Duchene while Duchene played first line minutes on a last-place Avalanche team. Another main arguing tool for the Duchene/Spooner trade, was that Matt Duchene indeed played on a team who finished dead last in the overall season standings. Although, in the past, there have been players who have incredible seasons on terrible teams.

Alexander Ovechkin began his NHL career with a near-dead-last team. The 2005-06 Washington Capitals finished third-last in the league, followed by another third-last finish in the 2006-07 season. Alex Ovechkin, however, produced at nearly his highest level. Ovechkin tallied 52-54-106 totals in ’05-06 and then 46-46-92 totals in ’06-07.

If Matt Duchene was a great player, he would produce more points than 41. To get 90+ points on any roster is a challenge, no matter what player, but at least 60-70 points for a first liner should be expected.

The final suggestion that has been going around involving Spooner, is to ship him to another team for a third round selection and give the chance to some young players within the system. Now, Ryan Spooner has proven to be a solid third-line player that can also handle the power-play. Spooner has previously dealt with the second-line spot whenever David Krejci gets injured. Ryan has also gained chemistry with superstar-in-the-making, David Pastrnak due to those 5-on-4 minutes. Depending on what team you are sending Spooner to in that trade, the third round pick may not be that high, therefore the player may not turn out to be as good as Spooner is right now. Saying that, that specific prospect could become a roster player in the future, but the odds of that happening are small.

Overall, I think the Bruins’ management realize the potential of Ryan Spooner, which is why he is still technically on the team. If a trade involving Spooner intrigued Boston enough, you have to imagine that it would have occurred during the entry draft. Expect a signing for Spooner following the arbitration date, (July 26th). Whether Ryan Spooner is shipped out of Boston later on, that will most likely depend on how he begins the next season.

Prediction: Bruins sign F Ryan Spooner to a one-year deal for $1.75 million.

 

 

 

 

 

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BREAKING: Bruins Re-Sign A Pair Of Goalies

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The Boston Bruins have announced Friday, July 14th that they have agreed to contracts with two of their goaltenders. Both Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban each signed to a two-year deal worth $650,000.

McIntyre played eight games in the National Hockey League with the Bruins, going 0-4-1 with a GAA of 3.97 and a save percentage of 0.858%. Throughout all of the backup goaltending issues that the Bruins had last season, Zane often was sent back to the AHL with Providence. In 16 games with the P-Bruins, going 8-7-0 accompanied by a 2.57 GAA and 0.906 save percentage.

Malcolm Subban, on the other hand, played only a single game in the NHL, having a GAA only 5.88 and a save percentage of 0.813%. Subban also played in 32 games with the Providence Bruins, having a record of 11-14-1, a goals against average of 2.41 and a save percentage of 0.917.

The Bruins still have Anton Khudobin under contract for one more season at $1.2 million.

 

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BREAKING: Bruins Re-Sign Fourth Line Forward

 

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The Boston Bruins have announced on Wednesday, July 5th, that they have re-signed forward Tim Schaller to a one-year contract worth $775,000.

The Bruins signed Schaller on the first day of free agency last season, on July 1st, 2016. During the course of the NHL campaign, Schaller skated in 59 games, producing 7-7-14 totals and a -6 rating. Tim also added one goal and 2 PIM in the six post-season games.

The 6’2″ 219 pound New Hampshire native played on the fourth line, where he added physicality and hard work. Schaller had 73 hits this season, averaging 1.04 hits per game.

The signing keeps some forward depth on the roster as well as some toughness and size to the bottom-six. The

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Bruins Announce 2017 Development Camp Details

 

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The 11th annual Boston Bruins development camp is right around the corner. An opportunity for the young players in the system to gain knowledge and perhaps impress the management of the B’s.

The camp will begin on Thursday, July 6th and will conclude on Sunday, July 9th. Twenty-nine players will gather in Brighton, Massachusetts at the Warrior Ice Arena including seventeen forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. Below are the players that you will hear about during the camp.

FORWARDS:

Jack Becker, Anders Bjork, Ryan Donato, Trent Frederic, Jesse Gabrielle, Cameron Hughes+, Mason Jobst*, Joona Koppanen, Karson Kuhlman*, Josh Melnick*, T.J. Moore*, R.J. Murphy*, Cedric Pare, Eric Robinson*, Zach Senyshyn, Oskar Steen, Jack Studnicka

DEFENSEMEN:

Victor Berglund, Ian Brady*, Daniel Bukac, Cameron Clarke, Jeremy Lauzon+, Ryan Lindgren, Wiley Sherman, Urho Vaakanainen, Jakob Zboril

GOALIES:

Robert McGovern*, Jeremy Swayman, Dan Vladar

*Indicates attendance to Development Camp is on an invite basis (via BostonBruins.com)

+Indicates that player is unlikely to skate during development camp due to off-season surgery (via BostonBruins.com)

All of the six players who were drafted by the Bruins in this past NHL Entry Draft will join the development camp as well. Cedric Pare, Jack Studnicka, Victor Berglund, Daniel Bukac, Jeremy Swayman, and the first round selection, Urho Vaakanainen.

Since the draft, many fans of the black and gold have wondered about our selections. Mainly due to the fact that the majority of them were not previously known very well. This camp should showcase some of the good and some of the bad things that each prospect brings to the table when it comes to performing on the ice as well as off the ice.

 

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Boston Bruins 2017 Draft – Rounds 2-7

 

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The 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft has officially concluded in Chicago, Illinois. Last night, the Bruins drafted a Finnish defenseman with the 18th overall selection, for a writeup on him, click HERE.

Early today, the remainder of the draft concluded and the Bruins added five more prospects to their pool. Without a 3rd and 5th round pick, the Bruins had the 53rd overall, 111th overall, 173rd overall, 195th overall and 204th overall pick.

53rd Overall – 2nd Round – C Jack Studnicka

The Bruins opened Saturday night with the 53rd selection. After choosing a blueliner in the first round, Boston moved to the forward core for the next pick. Don Sweeney and company chose center Jack Studnicka from the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League.

The 6’1″, 170 pound, 18-year-old recorded 18 goals and 52 points in 64 games in the regular season with the Generals last year. However, it was the playoffs when he seemed to excel. In the 11 playoff games this past season, he put up 5-10-15 totals. Most projections had Studnicka going in the third round tops, but as usual, the Bruins management enjoy picking players early. That seems to be the case with this choice as well.

According to The Hockey Writers’ Mark Scheig, who watched Studnicka many times in the OHL, says that the speed of Jack Studnicka is something to note. He claims that the first step of Studnicka is something to admire and once he gets to top speed, it’s hard to stop him. Scheig also noted that the defensive play of Jack was impressive as well. Winning faceoffs in his own end, being a solid penalty killer and being on the ice in high-pressure situations. However, he does need to work on his consistency and add some muscle, but according to Scheig, that is about it. Here are some quotations regarding Studnicka.

“Studnicka has good size – although adding bulk will be key for him. He is an excellent skater who has an explosive first step and decent top end speed who can change direction with ease. He possesses very good vision with high-quality playmaking skills with an ability to set up his teammates. His shot is underrated in my opinion. His release is deceptive and accurate and he puts every shot on goal with a purpose. Studnicka can be elusive in the offensive zone. He can break away from coverage almost undetected and put himself into scoring positions. He has very good puck skills and strong possession skills. Although he needs to add some muscle, he will not shy away from the hard areas. Once he gets stronger, it will become an area where he wins more often than he loses because of it – and his work ethic.” – Dominic Tiano

For the full review of Jack Studnicka, click HERE.

111th Overall – 4th Round – G Jeremy Swayman

The Bruins decided to draft a goaltender with their third pick in the 2017 draft, in the fourth round.

The Anchorage, Alaska native played the past season in the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede. He struggled in the 32 games he played, going 7-18-3 with a goals against average of 2.90 and a save percentage of 0.914.

Swayman already has some chemistry with another Bruin prospect, Jack Becker who was drafted 195th overall (Round 7) in last year’s entry draft. Swayman said the following to bostonbruins.com about his personal play style.

“I’m just kind of an active goalie, challenging the player instead of staying back in the crease,” Swayman said. “I also use my size to my ability too, especially for those point shots. Kind of having the blocking mentality instead of kind of going small and shrinking down.”

According to the NHL Central Scouting, Swayman was the 12th-ranked North American goaltender heading into the draft.

173rd Overall – 6th Round – C Cedric Pare

The Bruins didn’t have that 5th overall pick this year, but they did have a sixth round selection and they decided to choose Cedric Pare, a centerman from Levis, Quebec, Canada.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Cedric Pare played with the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League along with fellow Bruin prospect, Jakub Zboril. In 64 contests this past season, Pare finished with 5-11-16 totals and a -6 rating. He added 3 points in 18 playoff games as well as 2 goals in 4 games during the Memorial Cup.

The 6’2″, 205 pound Pare plays a big, physical style according to Joe Haggerty.

195th Overall – 7th Round – D Victor Berglund

The second-last pick of the two-day draft for the B’s was Swedish defenseman, Victor Berglund.

The 17-year-old is a right-handed defenseman who played the last 37 games with MODO Hockey J20 in the SuperElit league. There, he 5-10-15 totals along with a +14 rating.

Berglund can obviously put on some muscle, at only being 159 pounds, but he could bring offensive talent to the roster if he ends up playing with the black and gold at some point.

204th Overall – 7th Round – D Daniel Bukac

The very last pick of this year’s entry draft for the Boston Bruins was Daniel Bukac out of Brandon in the Western Hockey League.

The 6’4″, 185 pound d-man played in a total of 72 games last year with the Brandon Wheat Kings, producing 2-15-17 totals and an even +/- rating. Bukac recently participated in the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, where he tallied one assist in five games during the tournament.

Boston adds more size to the blueline with this choice.

Obviously, nothing is certain when it comes to the future projections of these young hockey athletes, but they do have potential. Only time will tell whether or not anyone of these players will become NHL players.

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BREAKING: Bruins Make Their 1st Round Pick

 

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The 2017 NHL Entry Draft has officially begun in Chicago, Illinois. The time where young ice hockey players wait anxiously in the stands to hear their name called by a team representative. The Boston Bruins had the eighteenth overall selection this year, due to making the playoffs, but losing in round one.

After the annual rumours about dealing the picks, nothing turned up when it involves the Bruins. Taking the opportunity to draft the prospect that the management feels will help out the team for the future. Last season, the Bruins added a highly-skilled defenseman that has already made an impact for the organization, Charlie McAvoy.

Not all drafts will benefit the team that quickly, however, surprises do happen and players can take over when they weren’t necessarily expected to.

Without further ado, with the 18th pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Boston Bruins select defenseman Urho Vaakanainen.

During the draft entry coverage on Sportsnet, the analysts discussed Vaakanainen. His strengths include his skating, something the other candidates for Boston’s possible selection seemed to be lacking. He also plays a great two-way game considering he is a blueliner. Sportsnet compares his play style to that of Anaheim Ducks’ Hampus Lindholm. He is a stay-at-home defender that makes the right type of play in his own zone. Urho considers his play style of Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Vaakanainen was not on most draft lists for the first round, however, Don Sweeney has shown that he doesn’t often follow the pre-draft rankings like other general managers tend to do.

The Sportsnet crew also said that Vaakanainen is the staple type of defenseman that you want in your organization.

Below is an analysis on Vaakanainen courtesy of TheScore.com:

“At only 18, Vaakanainen has already developed into a reliable defenseman, but one of his main criticisms has been his lack of offensive output. The young Finn registered only six points last season in Finland’s top professional league, but could still be an excellent addition to an NHL club looking to improve its blue line with a defensive-minded rearguard.”

Going back to the expansion draft on Wednesday night, the Bruins decided to keep Kevan Miller, a more defensive type of blueliner, instead of Colin Miller who is more offensive. This selection further strengthens that as the offence is being taken up by Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug. The fact that Boston recognizes the need for defence, shows that they are taking the step in the right direction.

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So Long, Colin Miller

 

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As per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Vegas Golden Knights have made their choice on who they wish to draft from the Boston Bruins in the Expansion Draft.

The original tweet came from Sportnet’s John Shannon who said that Oilers defenseman Griffen Reinhart will be the player chosen by the Golden Knights, Friedman retweeted the post by saying that Colin Miller will join Vegas as well.

Rumors have been flowing earlier in the day that Vegas would pick Colin Miller and proceed to use him as trade bait to the Toronto Maple Leafs who were interested in Miller’s services. Whether or not that trade happens, is still to be found out.

Colin Miller was acquired by the Bruins back in 2015 as he was a part of the infamous Bruins/Kings trade that sent Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings. Colin Miller came to Boston along with Martin Jones and a 2015 1st round selection that became Jakub Zboril.

Miller has only played in the NHL with the Bruins, playing in 103 games totaling 9-20-29 in that span. Last season, Miller played in 61 games with the black and gold with 6-7-13 totals and an even rating.

We will keep the updates rolling here on The Real Bruins Blog as the Expansion Draft continues.

 

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Boston Bruins: Home Opener For 2017-18 Season Announced

 

eeopnw1One of the days that players and staff look forward to is the announcement of the full 82-game season schedule. That is the time that the planning can begin and the strategies can start to form. This year, they have announced all of the home opening games for almost all of the 31 teams for the upcoming 2017-18 regular season.

The Boston Bruins will play their first game of the season in the TD Garden against the defending Clarence S. Campbell Champions, the Nashville Predators on October 5th.

Due to the teams being in opposite conferences, they don’t meet as often as teams in the same conference do. The Predators and Bruins only played twice during the 2016-2017 campaign, with both teams taking a win a piece. Nashville won 2-1 back on January 12th, then the Bruins took a 4-1 victory in Boston on March 28th.

Look for the Predators to come out with a revenge plan after a disappointing end to an impressive playoff run, losing in six games in the Stanley Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, the Bruins will be rolling off of their new rookies and looking to get back into the post-season after a first round exit by the hands of the Ottawa Senators.

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BREAKING: Bruins Player Wins Impressive Award

 

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The Boston Bruins will take home some sort of award no matter what this year. It may not even be an award that a North American player can earn.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Bruins forward David Pastrnak has won an award only available to players from the Czech Republic. He has taken home the Zlata Hokejka which is also known as “The Golden Hockey Stick”. It is awarded to the best Czech player of the past season.

Last season, Jaromir Jagr won the award, winning it for his 12th time during his career. The award was originally given to the best player in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League, in 1968-69. When Czechoslovakia separated into Slovakia and Czech Republic in 1993, the award was then changed to honor the best Czech or Slovak ice hockey player in the world.

Congratulations to Pastrnak on his award and joining some elite company.

 

 

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