Head Coach Bruce Cassidy Releases Update On D Adam McQuaid’s Injury

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In the first-ever game against the 31st NHL hockey team, the Vegas Golden Knights, the Bruins lost two players to injuries. Forward Ryan Spooner late in the second period, and defenseman Adam McQuaid late in the third period. For an update on Spooner, click HERE.

Adam McQuaid took a point-shot from ex-Bruin, Colin Miller in the final minutes of the third and final period, which ended at a 3-1 Vegas win. The shot struck McQuaid in the knee area, causing him what looked like severe pain. He remained on the ice for a considerable amount of time, as players and trainers lead him to the hallway. Quaider was unable to put any weight on the injured leg while heading down the tunnel.

Boston Bruins Head Coach, Bruce Cassidy, gave an update on Adam McQuaid following the game.

Adam has been known for his tough, physical style since he was drafted back in 2005 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Last season, McQuaid had 2-8-10 totals in 77 games as well as a +4 rating. Throughout his career, McQuaid has approximately 799 hits, each one of them having the ability to cause damage.

Even though his defense can be questionable at times, his physical presence is something needed on the Bruins roster, especially with more and more young players joining the team.

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Breaking: Boston Forward Injured Against Golden Knights, Will Not Return

 

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As the Boston Bruins play the second game in their desert back-to-back games against the Vegas Golden Knights, Bruins’ forward Ryan Spooner left the game at the beginning at the third period and the team announced that he will not return for the remainder of the game.

Ryan Spooner re-signed with the Bruins back on July 26th after many rumors that he wouldn’t be coming back to the roster for the 2017-18 regular season. Spooner accumulated 11-28-39 totals in 78 games last season along with a -8 rating. In the four games this season, Spooner has one assist, back on October 11 vs Avalanche, as well as a -2 rating.

Depending on the extent of the injury, a player down in the American Hockey League may get the lucky chance to step up in Spooner’s absence and make a name for himself. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson or even Ryan Fitzgerald could play the center position instead of Spooner.

Stay tuned to TheRealBruinsBlog for more updates on the extent on Ryan Spooner’s injury.

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Game Preview: Boston Bruins @ Arizona Coyotes – Oct. 14/17

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The very early stages of the Boston Bruins’ 2017-18 regular season hasn’t been the best it can be. Following a solid 4-3 victory over the 2017 Western Conference Champions, the Nashville Predators, in their home and season opener, the Bruins took part in a home-and-home battle with the Colorado Avalanche.

Two goals in the first and two goals in the third for the Avalanche lead them to a 4-0 shutout win over the black and gold in the TD Garden. The two newest prospects to play in the NHL for the Bruins, Jake DeBrusk and Anders Bjork both finished the night with a -3 rating, the worst on the team for the night. Two days later, the Bruins would play the Avs’ again, this time in Denver.

The second meeting went a bit better than the first. The game started off rough once again, as Alexander Kerfoot opened the scoring, only for Brad Marchand to tie it at one apiece. However, the second period was all Colorado. Three consecutive goals by the home team, including another one from Nail Yakupov, his third against the Bruins already this season. Boston would come back somewhat in the third though. As Tim Schaller and Torey Krug lit the lamp less than a minute-and-a-half apart from each other, bringing the game to within just a single goal.

Boston would then pull goaltender Anton Khudobin, (Tuukka Rask was pulled following the second period), allowing Colorado to score two empty-net goals to solidify a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins.

Now the Bruins get a three-day break, continuing their early season Western-conference trip against the Arizona Coyotes.

Even though the B’s have struggled early, the Coyotes have done worse. Starting the year off with a 0-3-1 record, Arizona lost twice to the 31st NHL franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights by scores of 2-1 and 5-2. The Desert Dogs also added losses to the Anaheim Ducks and the Detroit Red Wings.

The struggles for Arizona come after an offseason full of new faces. Adding players such as Jason Demers, Antti Raanta, Derek Stepan, and Niklas Hjalmarsson while losing key players like Mike Smith (trade), Shane Doan (retirement), and Connor Murphy (trade). The Coyotes, however, have a fairly young average age, at 25.3 years throughout the team. Younger than the Bruins’ of 26.9 years.

INJURY UPDATE: 

Boston will be dealing with the same injuries, including F Patrice Bergeron who did not practice with the team during Friday’s practice, making the chance of him playing against Arizona this weekend decrease.

Although he did skate briefly near the end of practice.

HC Cassidy also released more information regarding other injured players.

D Kevan Miller took a shot to the knee during the practice, but Cassidy claims it isn’t too serious.

Bruce also said that F David Backes is making improvements following his diagnosis with diverticulitis.

A win over the Arizona Coyotes is more important than it may seem. Three straight losses to teams that finished in the basement of the NHL standings last season could lower the confidence levels of some players heading into the first ever regular season game against the Golden Knights.

Also, if DeBrusk and Bjork have another rough outing, a possible demotion may be in the future, unless the Bruins management is willing to take a chance on teaching the prospect in the big leagues.

A win for backup goalie Anton Khudobin could raise his self-confidence as he looks to keep his backup job into the coming years.

One thing to keep in mind is that it is still extremely early in the season. Too early to begin to give up or down the team. Still, late in the season, those early wins or losses can become crucial to whether or not the team makes the playoffs that season.

The game begins at 9:00pm EST in Glendale, Arizona inside the Gila River Arena.

Once the game with Arizona concludes, the Bruins head to Las Vegas to face the Vegas Golden Knights at 7:00pm EST in the T-Mobile Arena. Boston then begins a four-game homestand against the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, and Los Angeles Kings.

 

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BREAKING: Tuukka Rask Scheduled To NOT Start vs Coyotes

 

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Following two disappointing losses in a row to the Colorado Avalanche, the Bruins coaching and management staff have ultimately decided to start backup goaltender Anton Khudobin, instead of Tuukka Rask in the team’s upcoming meeting with the Arizona Coyotes.

Khudobin went 7-6-1 in 13 games with the Bruins last season with a GAA of 2.64 and a SV % of 0.904%. Anton is in the final year of his two-year, $1.2 million AAV contract that he signed back on July 1st, 2016.

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Boston Bruins Make Important Transactions

 

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On Thanksgiving Day in Canada, the Boston Bruins announced that they have made some transactions.

Forwards Noel Acciari and David Backes have been placed on the injured reserve. 

Noel Acciari broke his finger, causing him to miss at least six weeks of play. Acciari has proved to be a solid fourth liner in the past, however, the injury may allow the Bruins to let a young player have their chance.

David Backes has been diagnosed with diverticulitis. Backes will be re-evaluated in three-to-four weeks, where a decision will be made.

Austin Czarnik and Torey Krug have been removed from the injured reserve.

Austin Czarnik was going through an illness, causing him to miss the season opener against the Nashville Predators.

Torey Krug took a puck to the face a couple weeks back. He was expected to take a lot longer to recover, although, it seems like he may play today.

Both Czarnik and Krug are eligible to play in today’s matinee game against the Colorado Avalanche but are both game-time decisions.

Matt Grzelcyk has been sent down to Providence Bruins (AHL).

Grzelcyk was the defenceman that played in the spot of Torey Krug. Now that Krug is eligible to play, the extra man was sent down. In three games over two NHL seasons, Matt has 0 points and a +1 rating.

Patrice Bergeron is also a game decision for Monday’s game following a lower-body injury.

The Boston Bruins are just hours away from the second game of the 2017-18 regular season. This one is the first of a home-and-home battle with the team who finished dead last in the past season, the Colorado Avalanche. Puck drop is scheduled for 1pm EST at the TD Garden.

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Backes Injury Details & DeBrusk Gets First Career Goal

 

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Two years ago, 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Western Hockey League prospect, Jake DeBrusk was chosen 14th overall by the Boston Bruins in a draft that shook the entire roster of the black and gold. Fast forward 832 days and the Edmonton, Alberta native played in his first career NHL game.

The Bruins opened the 2017-18 campaign with a home game against the Nashville Predators, the Western Conference winning team that fell short to the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, the Predators lost scorer James Neal to the Vegas Golden Knights via the expansion draft, as well as not having d-man Ryan Ellis to an injury that’ll sideline him for up to six months.

Prior to the game, it would be announced that multiple Bruins would not play due to injuries and/or illnesses. Patrice Bergeron, Austin Czarnik, David Backes, and Torey Krug did not play in the season opener, but we did receive an update on the American.

The game opened up with a one-timer goal by David Pastrnak, riffling his first goal since signing a 6 year/$40 million deal back on September 14th. The feed came from 2016 1st round draft pick, Charlie McAvoy who tallied his first career NHL season assist.

Nashville would answer with roughly 11 seconds left on the clock for the first period, with a goal from Viktor Arvidsson following a defensive-zone turnover by the Bruins.

Bruins lead the Predators in the shot department following the first twenty minutes, 12-8.

The second period is where the future of Boston truly started to show. Jake DeBrusk scored his very first career National Hockey League goal off a rush into the Nashville zone. David Krejci earned his second of three assists on the night, as well as Anders Bjork, who earned his first NHL point and assist on the play.

His father and former NHL tough guy, Louie DeBrusk, showed some strong emotion to his son scoring the goal as well.

Less than ten minutes later, the Bruins would strike again on Pekka Rinne, as Charlie McAvoy would score his first career NHL goal, his second point of the night. The goal was assisted primarily by David Krejci, his third assist, and Jake DeBrusk also earned an assist as well.

As well as DeBrusk’s dad, Charlie McAvoy’s father showed his happy emotions to his son’s first goal as well.

The first 40 minutes had the Bruins still winning the shots, 24-16, and the game 3-1.

The third and final period lacked many goals until the last three minutes. Brad Marchand scored his first goal following a 39-goal season last year, with an empty-netter to nearly seal the deal for the B’s.

Until the Predators began to scare Boston with two quick back-to-back goals by Scott Hartnell and Filip Forsberg, however, the Bruins would tough it out and come out victorious in the home and season opener against the Nashville Predators.

The three stars of the game were as followed:

1st Star: BOS – C David Krejci – 0G 3A 3P +1 rating

2nd Star: BOS – G Tuukka Rask 26 SV 0.897 SV%

3rd Star: BOS – LW Jake DeBrusk 1G 1A 2P +2 rating (1st Career NHL Goal)

Boston’s next game comes against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, October 9th in the TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:00pm EST. Following that game, they prepare for another one versus the Avs, the Arizona Coyotes, then the first-ever matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights.

 

 

 

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Let’s Get The Pastrnak Signing Over With

 

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The last time the Boston Bruins had a young superstar in the making at the forward position, was Tyler Seguin back before his departure to Dallas in a 2013 trade that shook the NHL. Well, the Bruins have another potential future superstar in David Pastrnak.

David Pastrnak was a hidden gem in the late first round of the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft. A player deemed “too small” to make an immediate impact in the big leagues quickly proved many critics wrong.

Bursting onto the scene with the Providence Bruins in the AHL, Pastrnak was over a point-per-game, putting up 11-17-28 totals in 25 games played during that campaign. The B’s management rapidly realized the potential of the young Czech and took a chance by calling him to the main roster.

David Pastrnak took this opportunity and made the very, very best out of it. In only 46 games played in the 2014-15 season, Pastrnak finished 11th of all Bruin players in scoring, with 10-17-27 totals and a +12 rating in the trial. This coming at the beginning of a “retooling” for the black and gold, being the first of two consecutive seasons without a playoff berth.

For the next season, Pastrnak played the first 51 games of the year, tallying 15-11-26 totals and a +3 rating. Still, people criticized ‘Pasta’ with many different arguments such as “too small”, “defensive liability”, and other remarks.

Although, they were silenced this past regular season. David Pastrnak had his breakout year and cemented himself as a top line forward and near-elite NHL standout. In the seventy-five times he stepped onto the ice and played a game during the 2016-2017 campaign, Pastrnak put out 34-36-70 point totals as well as a +11 rating as he helped lead the Bruins back to the precious Stanley Cup Playoffs, the first time Pasta has reached the postseason in his career.

David Pastrnak concluded the season with the eighteenth-most points in the entire league, tied with Pittsburgh Penguins forward, Phil Kessel and ahead of many high-caliber talents such as Jamie Benn, Alex Ovechkin, Auston Matthews, Joe Pavelski, and many more superstars in the NHL today.

Now for the past couple months, the main talking point of the Boston Bruins’ offseason, is the task of re-signing RFA David Pastrnak. Earlier in the offseason, the Bruins already agreed to offers with F Ryan Spooner, G Malcolm Subban, G Zane McIntyre, F Austin Czarnik and numerous others. However, the biggest fish has yet to be signed.

Many fans began to quickly assume that the Bruins may be looking to trade away the valuable player, until General Manager Don Sweeney ended that claim, saying David Pastrnak will not be traded from the Boston Bruins.

So, now that that is settled, what exactly is the hold up on the new agreement?

Money.

CEO of the Boston Bruins, Charlie Jacobs announced back on August 16th, 2017 that he wants a long-term deal with Pastrnak and it makes perfect sense to do so.

As the National Hockey League continues to grow in popularity and continues to spread across the globe, the salary cap will continue to rise with the profits of the new fans. Therefore in seven or eight years from now, a $7 million to $8 million contract won’t be as much of a gamble.

If you lock Pastrnak up for eight more seasons with a possible Annual Average Salary (AAV) of $7-$7.5 million, it will appear to be a huge saving in only a few seasons from now. At the end of an eight-year contract, David will be nearly thirty years of age. Giving him another contract opportunity similar to the eight-year, $49 million that F Brad Marchand received on September 26, 2016.

Seemingly, the Bruins, Pastrnak, and Pastrnak’s agent are working out the kinks in the contract. Most likely, we are talking $1 million or $2 million of a difference. Regardless, the Bruins should look to offer as much as they need to. Offending the 21-year-old with a low offer is a bad decision and has the slight potential to cause problems in the future.

Nonetheless, don’t panic or worry Boston Bruins fans. David Pastrnak will be joining the roster for the upcoming 2017-18 season and make that push for another postseason appearance. The only thing we await now is the official announcement and contract details.

 

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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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