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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Boston Bruins

Written by John Sheppard and can be followed at @jisheppard.

USATSI_7776882_154224518_lowresAs we are now back from the Olympic break and getting close to the trade deadline, it is time to take a look at the Boston Bruins.

First of all before I write any more I want to thank Mark for this opportunity.  For the foreseeable future I shall be writing about the Boston Bruins.  I will talk about this year, the playoffs, the team, and what they’ll need in the playoffs.

The Boston Bruins are a team that builds for the playoff grind, they’re deep and roll all four lines.  They love to play a North/South style

In their most recent game you saw Boston at their just about best.  Strong defensive schemes, allow the goalie to see the puck, make it physical and if the other team answers with physicality then all the better.  Teams like Boston and LA both know that when both teams are hitting hard, there is a higher chance of the ref putting the whistle in the pocket and fans get to see great hockey.

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Morning Hits: Steckel, Briere, Downie, Whitney, Mottau, Beleskey, Fasth and Berra

  • Ryan Kennedy: Ducks signed Dave Steckel to a one-year, two-way deal.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Daniel Briere will be back in the Canadiens lineup tonight.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Steve Downie has been cleared to play.
  • George Richards: The Panthers send Ryan Whitney to the AHL and recall Mike Mottau.
  • Helene Elliott: Matt Beleskey and Viktor Fasth have been assigned to the AHL by the Ducks on a long-term injury conditioning loan.

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Panthers Fire Coaching Staff … GM Tallon Trying to Make Trades … Whitney to Waivers

  • George Richards: The Panthers have fired head coach Kevin Dineen and the rest of their coaching staff. San Antonio (AHL) head coach Peter Horachek will take over, with John Madden and Brian Skrudland will his assistants.
  • John Shannon: GM Tallon: “The first of many changes we are making.”
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Panthers are looking for a defenseman or two.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Tallon is having trouble finding a trade partner.

    “We’re trying extremely hard every day, numerous phone calls with numerous teams,” said Tallon. “Hopefully something will hit in the near future.”

    “It’s easier to fire a coach than to fire 23 players, but we’re on the phone constantly and we’re going to make changes as we go,” said Tallon. “We want people that want to be Panthers, and if they don’t want to be, we’ll accommodate them.”

    “We need to do everything we can to get into the playoff hunt … without jeopardizing our future as well,” Tallon said in confirming his difficult dual challenge.

  • Josh Rimer: After Kevin Dineen’s firing, there have now been 26 head coaching changes in the past three seasons.

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Morning Rumors: Subban, Team Needs, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Predators, Oilers and Yakupov

  • Chris Nichols: Louis Jean said that P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will begin contract extension talks within the next two weeks. Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: “the critical question that needs to be asked: is Therein giving PK tough love or is he disrespecting him?” … “if Subban takes it as disrespect he’ll take a short deal and walk as a UFA in two years”
  • Darren Dreger on TSN (team – needs): Maple Leafs - Center, Oilers - Defenseman and Goalie, Jets - Power Forward, Ducks - Puck moving defenseman, Hurricanes - Defenseman and Goalie, Panthers - Defenseman and Forward
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: “the Leafs have bodies that they’re going to have to find room for on the blueline” … “one thing the Leafs do as well or better than most teams is make sure they recognize that” … “people will laugh at that comment considering how Gardiner was treated last year”
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t say what happens to the blueline when Mark Fraser returns. Mirtle guesses that either Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner sits one or both games this weekend. Michael Traikos: Traikos guesses Rielly will sit as Gardiner has been playing a lot lately.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Florida’s GM Dale Tallon is trying hard to make some roster moves. He sent an email to all teams last week saying that defenseman Ryan Whitney is available. There are about 20 teams with $2 million of less in salary cap space. Friendman wonders if anyone would take a chance on Penguins Deryk Engelland and his $566,667 salary cap hit. Predators GM David Poile: Q: “After the trade embargo was lifted on Shea Weber, did you ever get an offer that made you think about doing it?” A: “No.”
  • Elliotte Friedman: Oilers Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish were at the Flyers – Hurricanes game Tuesday night.
  • Seth Rothman: At the Rangers game last night: Oilers Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish.
  • Denis Gorman: Scouting the Rangers-Penguins game: Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets, Coyotes, Oilers (3), Stars (2) and Lightning
  • Brian Staubit of CBS Sports: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on Nail Yakupov and trade rumors.

    “The thing with Yak is simple. I see him trying so hard to be better defensively and to learn this defensive system that we’re trying to implement. I thought he made a couple of good plays defensively yesterday. I saw the thought process go through his head on the ice so that’s encouraging for me.

    “And then wanted also to let him know all these reports in the media where people are making up trades for him are absolutely, 100 percent untrue. This kid is not going anywhere. Guys like Joe Thornton, the kid here Stamkos; those guys struggled early in their careers and boy they turned out to be pretty good players.

    “Nail Yakupov is not being shopped, he’s not going anywhere and I wanted him to hear that from me, look me in my eyes and let him know ‘hey, we’re attached at the hip.’ We’re going to make him a better player and it’s OK to struggle. I let him know about Thornton and and Stamkos. That’s part of the process. He’s 20 years old. We’re not just going to suddenly give up on a guy because he’s going through a rough stretch. People writing their columns and their blogs; listen, they can create their excitement that way. But all of what’s out there is 100 percent untrue.”

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish talked with Yakupov and his agent, Igor Larianov yesterday morning. At no time has MacTavish tried to trade Yakupov.

    “We never once mentioned that. I’ve had calls since the rumours started asking if I wanted to discuss that. But the answer has been ‘No!’

    “We are committed to him. His ice time may go up and down. But we have no plans to send him to the press box in Tampa Bay, at least the coach didn’t mention that as part of his plans when I talked to him in the morning.

    “And we have no thoughts of moving him down to the AHL,” he said of Wednesday’s speculation.

    “I told Nail that he made a commitment to us and we’ve made a commitment to him.”

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Roster Notes: Whitney, Coyotes and Flyers

  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues released Ryan Whitney from his tryout. The Blues roster is now at 24. Lou Korac: Blues GM Doug Armstrong wouldn’t say whether they offered Whitney a two-way deal. Whitney had said earlier in camp that he wasn’t interested in that.
  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: (s/t  Pro Hockey Talk ) After releasing Gilbert Brule and reassigning Andy Miele and Jordan Szwarz to the AHL, the Coyotes are left with 25 players in camp. Rostislav Klesla will begin the season on the IR with a concussion. The last forward spot will come down to either Max Domi or Lucas Lessio.
  • Sam Carchidi: The Flyers are still undecided on the number of fowards and defense they will start the season with. Final cuts will be made late today. Michael Raffl and Oliver Lauridsen were sent to the AHL. Raffl needs more experience on the small ice surfaces.

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Morning Hits: Nugent-Hopkins, Schultz, Whitney and Teravainen

  • Nick Kypreos: Just like Taylor Hall’s and Jordan Eberle’s extensions, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ doesn’t have a no-trade or no-movement.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers Justin Schultz is able to go to arbitration next summer, could factor into negotiations.
  • Josh Rimer: A member of the Blues organization said they have been really happy with Ryan Whitney.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainen said that he’s headed back to Finland today. He could be back in April.

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Free Agent Hits: Boyle, Vrbata, Cowen and Whitney

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Dan Boyle said yesterday that he would like to sign a multi-year deal with the Sharks. He is entering the final year of his six-year, $40 million deal. He’ll make $6.67 million this year.

    “Ideally, I think we would all like it to be done before the season starts, but there’s three of us that are in the same boat,” Boyle said, referring to Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, also in their final contracted seasons. “We just kind of let our agents deal with that, and that’s what they’re there for. We just try not to think about it.

    “Obviously, we’re going to be asked, but ideally, in order not to get asked, you finalize something before the season starts. We’ll see what happens.”

    Boyle turned 37 in July and he thinks he can play until he’s at least 40.

  • Sarah McLellan of Arizona Republic: The Coyotes and Radim Vrbata have been talking about a contract extension.

    “I’d prefer to get it done as soon as possible before the season starts, so we don’t have to worry about it,” Vrbata said. “We can focus on hockey.”

    “It’s really more exploring what we’re thinking,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “I don’t feel anxious about it at all. I think at the end of the day, my intent is to see if there’s a deal. It always comes back to money and term, but we know Vrby has been a good player for us.

    “We like the player. He likes us, but the market now — it’s so all over the map. We haven’t gotten down to, ‘OK, what do you want? What do you need?’ ”

    Talk would likely be put off until the end of the season if they can’t agree on a deal before the start of the season.

  • Bruce Garrioch: Breakdown of Jared Cowen’s salary: $1.5 million, $2.7 million, $3.7 million and $4.5 million.
  • Andy Strckland: Blues GM Doug Armstrong was up front with defenseman Ryan Whitney, telling him he thought he’d be able to get him signed soon.

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Free Agent Hits: Sedin’s, Cleary, Gill, Whitney, Boedker and Cowen

  • Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province: Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini said that Henrik and Daniel Sedin are close to signing contract extensions and he doesn’t see anything getting in the way of their new deals.

    “They’re Canucks,” he said. “They’re what we want this team to be about.”

    Mark Spector: Look for UFA Daniel Cleary to make his way to Dallas. He has connections with Stars GM Jim Nill and Shawn Horcoff.

  • Tim Panaccio: Hal Gill on Flyers invite: “I am not looking at it as trying to get a roster spot. I am looking at it as a chance to play.”
  • Chris Nichols: The Blues have confirmed that Ryan Whitney will be in camp on a tryout.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Mikkel Boedker will arrive on Monday and will get a chance to play with Mike Ribeiro. The Coyotes and Boedker spent a lot of time talking about a long-term contract but couldn’t agree on the money. A two-year deal is what they could agree on.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators are waiting for Jared Cowen’s response to any of the four contract proposals they have sent him.

    “I felt that we continued to put something out there,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray said during the first intermission of Saturday’s rookie tournament game against the Chicago Blackhawks. “I’m not sure if we can continue to do that. I guess the term is you ‘negotiate against yourself’.

    So, there’s some hope we can get some communication going here fairly quickly, so Jared can give us an indication (of something), one way or another.”

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Free Agent Hits: Kadri, Franson, Pietrangelo, Whitney and Brunner

  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs RFA Nazem Kadri on if he wants to clear the air about his contract status: ‘Um, not really. I just want something that’s fair, that’s all.’ On if he’s willing to holdout: ‘If that’s what it takes. I don’t want to.’ On reports of salary numbers that he’s after:  ‘I just don’t know where those numbers are coming from to be honest … not many people know the truth’
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs RFA Cody Franson on his contract situation: ‘It’s not frustrating. It’s part of the business … I’m preparing as if noting is wrong.’
  • Andy Strickland: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said both the Blues and Alex Pietrangelo would likely do something that both sides are uncomfortable with. There is no guarantee that a deal will be reached by the start of training camp.
  • Lou Korac: Armstrong on an offer sheet for Pietrangelo: “We’ve kept enough cap space to address any team that thinks that they can poach him from us; that won’t happen.”
  • Andy Strickland: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on when players are in a contract dispute: 1) they eventually arrive 2) can’t coach players who aren’t there.
  • Andy Strickland: Armstrong hinted that they could add a defenseman on a PTO if Pietrangelo remains unsigned. Bob McKenzie: Speculation is that Ryan Whitney could be brought in.
  • The Fourth Period: According to a Swiss newspaper, Damien Brunner could end up signing with EV Zug of the Swiss National A league if he’s not able to get an NHL deal. He could spend this season in Switzerland. He could sign a ‘game-by-game agreement’ that has an out clause for him to return to the NHL.

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Free Agent Hits: Franson, Kadri, O’Bryne, Kessel and 10 Intriguing Names

  • Jonas Siegel: If Cody Franson were to opt for a one-year contract, instead of a longer deal that he’s looking for, he could cash in next season when the salary cap rises next year if he were to have another good year.
  • Darren Dreger: There is no change in talks involving the Maple Leafs and Nazem Kadri. There is still time for deal to be worked out, but his attending training camp is in question.
  • TSN: Former Avs and Maple Leafs defenseman Ryan O’Bryne has signed a two-year deal with HC Lev Praha of the KHL.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: 10 intriguing free agents: Brenden Morrow, Ron Hainsey, Damien Brunner, Brad Boyes, Vinny Prospal, Ryan Whitney, Hal Gill, Jose Theodore, Milan Hejduk and Ilya Bryzgalov. Phil Kessel is on record saying he doesn’t want to negotiate a new deal during the season. He could be looking for $8 million a season. The Leafs could go eight-years for around $60 to $64 million. Kessel said to the Sun’s Lance Hornby,

    “If you make it to the end [of your contract], you are more likely to leave.’’

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