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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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Afternoon Hits: Waivers, Ryan, Avalanche, Stars, Penguins, Red Wings and Maple Leafs

  • Michael Russo: The Sabres claim Zenon Konopka off waivers from the Wild.
  • Kevin Allen: Team USA GM David Poile said that Brian Burke had Bobby Ryan on his final ballot. Michael Russo: “Poile says criticism is part of what goes on behind every closed door in every managerial meeting. It just usually doesn’t get out.”
  • David Strehle: The NHL has nothing schedule at this time with regards to Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog’s hit on Flyers Michael Raffl that gave him a concussion.
  • Shelly Anderson: Both Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang won’t play tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. It is a suspected groin injury.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Darren Helm (groin) and Johan Franzen (concussion) didn’t practice.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Neal Jokinen-Sutter-Gibbons Pyatt-Vitale-Adams Glass-Sill-Engelland/Kobasew.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, Raymond-Kadri-Lupul, Kulemin-McClement-Clarkson, D’Amigo-Holland-Orr-McLaren.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Alfredsson, Abdelkader-Samuelsson (holding Datsyuk’s spot)-Bertuzzi, Miller-Andersson-Tatar.

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Wild Put Konopka On Waivers … Could the Jets, Oilers and Flames Be Interested? Wild Notes

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild have put center Zenon Konopka of waivers today. Coach Yeo said it was because they needed to call up a goalie (recalled Darcy Kuemper. Josh Harding not ready yet.), but Russo doesn’t buy that.  Michael Rupp could have been put on waivers. Keith Ballard will be a healthy scratch as they activated Clayton Stoner. They could have kept Stoner on the IR for one more game. They could have also returned Stephane Veilleux to the minors.
  • Gary Lawless: Lawless wonders if the Jets will put a claim in on Konopka. He’d bring an element they are missing. Good on the faceoffs and carries a $925,000  cap hit.
  • Mark Spector: Spector responds to Lawless saying how he doesn’t see how Konopka gets past the Oilers or Flames: “Cheap, tough, wins face-offs. 4th line C.”
  • Mark Spector: Spector does note that both the Oilers and Flames have had a couple chances to sign Konopka in the past and didn’t show much interest in doing so.

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Avalanche to pass on Jones … Little chance of Letang in Colorado … Wild trade and buyout rumors

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post:The Avalanche will pass on Seth Jones and draft one of the top three forwards: Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin or Aleksander Barkov.

    “If we do pick first, we’re leaning more toward one of those three forwards,” Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic told The Denver Post.

    “We feel those three forwards are just too good to pass up,” Sakic said.

    The Avalanche could look to the free agent or trade market to address their defensive issues.

  • Adrian Dater: There is no chance of the Avalanche trading for defenseman Kris Letang if he’s after $7 million a year.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Trade talk around the league is picking up. Several teams will need to shed some salary. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher:

    “This is the tightest market the league’s ever seen. There’s just not a lot of money in the marketplace to spend, so it will be really interesting to see what happens this summer. The available dollars are a fraction of what they normally are. It’ll certainly have a big impact on what happens and more importantly what doesn’t happen.”

    When you throw in the fact that a number of players will be added to the free-agent crop by way of compliance and regular buyouts, Fletcher said, “There could be a pretty vicious game of musical chairs. Come July 15, it could be a scary environment to be a player. You can analyze it all you want, but that’s just common sense when you consider the reduction of overall dollars available.”

    The Wild can’t buy Dany Heatley out as he’s been deemed a “injured player.” It wouldn’t shock Russo if Cal Clutterbuck were traded this offseason and they’ve been actively looking to trade Zenon Konopka. If Tom Gilbert isn’t traded, he could be bought out by the Wild.

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Morning notes on the CBA talks, Gudbranson’s injury, Del Zotto, Linback and Garon, Doan and Smith

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Bill Daly said in an email on Saturday, “No meetings are scheduled at this point.”  Wild Zenon Konopka was at the meetings and had this to say,

    “A lot was said and a lot needs to be processed and I think it probably takes a day or two to think about it and come up with some new ideas,” Wild centre Zenon Konopka, who sat in on Friday’s session, said from New York on Saturday.

    “It’s hard to know, to be honest with you,” said Konopka. “I think there’s going to be some new ideas in the next week or so. As for a proposal, you’ve got to think there’s going to be something before Sept. 15 but I can’t say that for sure.”

    Over 200 players will meet with Don Fehr in New York on Wednesday and Thursday to get an update on where talks stand. Konopka added that the NHLPA are trying to get a CBA that will help small-market teams,

    “As players we feel like we have to get to the root of the problem. We feel like we have to help small-market teams and we have to make sure they’re healthy going into the next three or four years,” said Konopka.

    “If we can get those teams healthy, the whole league — including the players and fans — will be better for it.”

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: During an informal workout, Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson suffered a “bad” shoulder injury. The Panthers haven’t confirmed the injury yet, if the source said if it’s as serious as he believes, Gudbranson could be out for 4 months.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers GM Glen Sather on contract talks with Michael Del Zotto, “He’ll come to his senses.” Sather added that Del Zotto’s offer is there and that the Rangers won’t negotiate against themselves.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Anders Linback may be the Lightning’s number goalie of the future, but the according to Guy Boucher, Lindback and Mathieu Garon will be 1 and 1a for this season.

    “They’re both going to get a lot of ice time,” Boucher. “I’m not expecting Lindback to come in here and play 65 games. He played 15 games the past two years, so it’s not fair to him. It’s not fair for the expectations.”

    “We know he’s going to be good, but how good we don’t know,” Boucher said of Lindback. “That’s why Garon is perfect for him. He’ll be able to help him with how to manage things. And we know we can put Garon in net and get good results.”

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Shane Doan’s decision to stay with the Coyotes or sign elsewhere will affect Mike Smith (free agent next summer) and other free agents.

    “If he leaves, it’ll be a big blow to this franchise and this organization,” goalie Mike Smith said. “I think it’ll determine whether or not people sign back here or how we lure in free agents in the future. It’ll definitely be interesting to figure all that out.”

    “We were gonna kind of wait to see what Shane did, too,” Smith said. “Obviously he’s a huge piece of the puzzle in Phoenix.”

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Panthers sign Mueller … Weber-Preds to talk next week … Nothing new on Subban … Roy has surgery … Sens need to get more physical

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile on Shea Weber:

    “I talked to (his agent) Jarrett (Bousquet) yesterday and had a good conversation,” Poile said. “Shea and all his friends and people will be together this weekend for his charity golf tournament in his name in Sicamous (British Columbia). They’re going to be doing that and then we’re going to talk next week.”

    “It’s all about talking about Shea and to see if we can get him signed to a longer-term contract with the Predators,” Poile said. “My conversations have always been very positive with Shea, his role and his future with the organization in terms of where the franchise is going.”

  • Dave Stubbs via twitter: P.K. Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, said last night that there is nothing to report on contract talks between Subban and the Canadiens.
  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins are still searching for a top 6 forward to likely play with Sidney Crosby. It’s possible they could look within the organization, such as Tyler Kennedy, Eric Tangradi or Beau Bennett. The best UFA available are Shane Doan and Alexander Semin.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars center Derek Roy had shoulder surgery yesterday and will be out until November. Roy had shoulder pain last year and played through it, and he planned to do the same this year. The Stars felt it was time to fix it. Jerry Sullivan via twitter: Sullivan notes that Roy’s surgery raises serious issues  about the way the Sabres deal with injuries.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators could still use some more physical players to round out their roster after the departure of Matt Carkner and Zenon Konopka. 3 UFAs that might help are Brad Winchester, Zack Stortini and Matt Bradley.

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Rumors and Notes: Parise, Murray, Carle, Lightning, Flames and Wild options

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: “Those asking SB do count against cap. His cap hit will be far less over entire contract. Yr 1 of 12M/2M salary guarantee’s Parise lockout $” … “#NHL teams presenting will also be asked to pay 2nd 12M SB to Parise next July 1st. That’s 24M guaranteed over 1 yr Nice eh. “
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Senators and Maple Leafs are just 2 of the teams that have contacted the Sharks about Doug Murray. Burke made an offer at the draft for Murray.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: The Lightning will be pressing hard for a top 4 Dman today. If they can’t sign one, they’ll look to trade for one.
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: The Flames may be looking for a top 6 forward, but with the looks of the UFA market, they may have to go the trade route. Jaromir Jagr could be one free agent they look at. Forwards they could consider are: Jiri Hudler, Alex Semin, Shane Doan, Brad Boyes, Brandon Prust, Jordin Tootoo and Zenon Konopka. Jay Bouwmeester trade rumors are still out there. It would be ideal if someone would take Anton Babchuk.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild will be trying to do everything they can to sign Zach Parise, and will look to make a move quickly. They’ll be going head-to-head with the Penguins and Red Wings. The Wild may have a better chance to sign Ryan Suter, who’s not in a hurry to sign a deal. If waiting on Suter and your plan B is Jason Garrison or Matt Carle, you may miss out on them. The Wild could be interested in Dustin Penner, Peter Mueller, Brandon Prust, Torrey Mitchell. They are expected to make a run at Jamie Langenbrunner.

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Most Fighting Majors During the 2011-12 NHL Season

Here is a list of the of NHL players with the most fighting majors this season.

Only 2 players, Brandon Prust and Shawn Thornton, hit the 20 fight total this year. 23 players had 10 or more fights.

Rk Player Team
GP
PIM
Fighting Majors
T1 Brandon Prust Rangers
82
156
20
Shawn Thornton Bruins
81
154
20
3 Derek Dorsett Blue Jackets
77
235
19
T4 Zenon Konopka Senators
55
193
18
Jared Boll Blue Jackets
54
126
18
6 Cody McLeod Avalanche
75
164
17
T7 Zac Rinaldo Flyers
66
232
15
Matt Martin Islanders
80
121
15
Brad Staubitz Canadiens
62
121
15
10 Tim Jackman Flames
75
94
14
T11 Ryan Reaves Blues
60
124
13
Mike Rupp Rangers
60
97
13
T13 Stu Bickel Rangers
51
108
12
Krys Barch Panthers
51
114
12
T15 Matt Hendricks Capitals
78
95
11
Chris Thorburn Jets
72
83
11
George Parros Ducks
46
85
11
Jamal Mayers Blackhawks
81
91
11
T19 Chris Neil Senators
72
178
10
Wayne Simmonds Flyers
82
114
10
Kyle Clifford Kings
81
123
10
Gregory Campbell Bruins
78
80
10
Mike Brown Maple Leafs
50
74
10
T24 Ryane Clowe Sharks
76
97
9
Eric Boulton Devils
51
115
9
B.J. Crombeen Blues
40
71
9
Cam Janssen Devils
48
75
9
Jake Dowell Stars
52
53
9
T29 9 Players tied with 8 fighting majors
Sources: Gus Katsaros (twitter) and CBSsports.

 

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Players who have taken the most penalties: 2011-12 NHL Season

Here is the first installment of our look into penalties committed during the 2011-12 NHL season. This list contains the players who have taken the most penalties year.

Every day or 2 we’ll bring you the top list of penalties committed for each type of penalty. Next up will be fighting majors.


Rk Player Team Pos
GP
Pen
PIM
1 Derek Dorsett Blue Jackets RW
77
65
235
2 Zac Rinaldo Flyers C
66
55
232
3 Chris Neil Senators RW
72
53
178
4 P.K. Subban Canadiens D
81
51
119
5 Scott Hartnell Flyers LW
82
50
136
6 Steve Ott Stars C
74
49
156
7 Corey Perry Ducks RW
80
47
127
T8 Nick Foligno Senators LW
82
44
124
Steve Downie Avalanche RW
75
44
137
Zenon Konopka Senators C
55
44
193
T11 David Clarkson Devils RW
80
41
138
Milan Lucic Bruins LW
81
41
135
David Backes Blues C
82
41
101
T14 Brandon Prust Rangers RW
82
40
156
Shane O’Brien Avalanche D
76
40
105
Brenden Morrow Stars LW
57
40
97
T17 Cody McLeod Avalanche LW
75
39
164
Kyle Quincey Red Wings D
72
39
89
Shawn Thornton Bruins RW
81
39
154
T20 James Neal Penguins LW
80
38
87
Cal Clutterbuck Wild RW
74
38
103
Brandon Dubinsky Rangers LW
77
38
110
23 Alex Burrows Canucks RW
80
37
90
T24 Patrick Kaleta Sabres RW
63
36
116
Mark Stuart Jets D
80
36
98
Dion Phaneuf Maple Leafs D
82
36
92
Mark Giordano Flames D
61
36
75
T28 P.A. Parenteau Islanders RW
80
35
89
Bryan Allen Hurricanes D
82
35
76
Sheldon Souray Stars D
64
35
73
Sources: Gus Katsaros (twitter) and CBSsports.

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Afternoon notes on Luongo, Schneider, Hodgson, Filppula, Kane, Jagr, Petrov, Vezina finalists, Konopka and Boyle

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Despite having 10 years left on his deal, it doesn’t mean the Canucks won’t be able to trade Roberto Luongo. Jeff Carter had 11 years and was dealt. The biggest factors holding a deal back may be what the Canucks want for him or what other goalies are available. There could be between 5 and 9 teams that are interested. His top 2 landing spots would be Tampa Bay and Florida. He may not want to play in the spotlight of Toronto. Cory Schneider will not be blocked from an offer sheet from July 1st to July 5th because he made under $1.5 million. The Canucks would offer him arbitration but due to his salary, if Schneider and another team worked out a deal before July 5th, the Canucks would have the choice to match. The Canucks targeted 6 players they would have traded Cody Hodgson for at the deadline before they did the deal with the Sabres for Zack Kassian (Kassian obviously being one). Brandon Sutter of the Hurricanes was one, and John Carlson of the Capitals was another. The 4th was Erik Gudbrason of the Panthers and Kyle Clifford of the Kings was the 5th according to sources. The 6th is unknown. The Canadiens may be interested in Sharks GM Doug Wilson. Friedman wonders if the Red Wings will make Valtteri Filppula available this offseason.
  • Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune: Rosenbloom thinks the Blackhawks should at least see what they could get for Patrick Kane. He notes that Kane’s goal production doesn’t match the hype or salary.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Islanders prospect Kirill Petrov: “It’s my dream to play in the NHL. My contract expires on April 30. Then I will decide what to do.”

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Blue Jackets getting closer … Vultures circling Avs … Roy can be had … Ward out with LBI … Nabokov – Isles to talk contract

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson: “We’re waiting for the right deals. We’re getting closer. But we’re not there yet.”
  • The Globe and Mail: Burke has said he isn’t interested in adding a goalie at this point. They could look for one in the summer. Jhonas Enroth or Anders Lindback or any other goalie not going to Columbus could be available.
  • Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun: The Sabres are looking to move Derek Roy. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said he won’t be looking to add another goalie.

    “I like our goalies,” Holmgren said, presumably with a straight face. “They believe they are going to play better. They are not happy with their performances either. They both realize they have to play better.”

    Colorado could be sellers by the end of the week, and JS Giguere could be available. He carries $1.25 million cap hit, and has 1 year left on his deal.

  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Derek Roy’s days in Buffalo could be numbered. He has another year at $4 million, which may make him attractive to some.

    “Right now, this is my team,” Roy said. “I’m not a GM. I have no idea what they’re going to do. All I can do is play for my team, play for my linemates, go out every night like it was my first year and play as hard as I can every game.”

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Justin Peters will start in net for the Hurricanes tonight as Cam Ward is out with a lower-body injury. “I’m not going to take any chances (with Ward),” Muller said. “We’ve got a lot of games in March. … We need to assess (the injury) and stay on it and make sure it doesn’t get worse. Before he goes back in the net he needs to be 100 percent and ready to go.”
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Evgeni Nabokov’s agent, Don Meehan, said that negotiations with the Islanders will “start soon.” Isles GM Garth Snow would not comment.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier left practice with a lingering upper-body injury. It’s not believed to be serious.
  • Gene Principe via twitter: Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will be out 7-10 days with a groin injury. Yann Danis has been recalled. Dan Tencer via twitter: Potential trade partners for Khabibulin don’t like the extra year on his deal.
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals lines: Ovechkin-Perreault-Brouwer, Chimera-Johansson-Semin, Hendricks-Laich-Knuble, Beagle-Halpern-Ward.
  • Rob Longley via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Maple Leafs tomorrow. Joffrey Lupul and Carl Gunnarsson will be in.

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Free Agent Signings for July 5th: Ladd, Konopka, Bishop, Nichol and Powe

Darren Dreger via twitter: The Jets have re-signed Andrew Ladd to a 5 year deal worth $22 million. He’ll get $4 million next year, $4.5 million for the next 4.

Don Brennan via twitter: The Senators have signed Zenon Konopka to a 1 year deal worth $700,000.

Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues have re-signed Ben Bishop to a 1 year deal worth $600,000 in the NHL, $105,000 in the AHL.

Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues have signed Scott Nichol to a 1 year deal worth $600,000 plus bonuses. This doesn’t mean the are no longer interested in Jamie Langenbrunner.

Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have re-signed Darroll Powe to a 3 year deal worth $4.2 million.

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