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Pierre Engvall will Hope to Repeat 2021-22 Season Performence

Pierre Engvall isn't the most commonly named player on the Toronto Maple Leafs. But we do have to give credit when credit is due. And Engvall's play last season definitely deserves recommissioning. The lengthy, Swedish forward put up the best offensive numbers of his career last season. The winger scored 15 goals and 20 points for a total of 35 points. It is worthy to note that Engvall is a player that does not receive much power play time, making his totals even more impressive. Engvall is a player that can bring energy to the bench, after throwing a big hit. The Leafs need players like Engvall to play solid games in the bottom six. The Leafs, like many other teams, are working to stay under the cap while bringing in the best players possible. Engvall will have a cap hit of $2,250,000 during the 2022-23 season and become a UFA by the end of the season.   Engvall plays regularity on the Leafs penalty kill unit. He has a big body standing at 6-foot 5-inches and weighing in at

The Depthed Forward Group of the Montreal Canadiens

Although the Montreal Canadiens came in last place last season and were awarded the first-overall pick, you shouldn't count them out of contending in the stacked Atlantic Division. Ever since the firing of Mark Bergevin, new Habs GM Kent Hughes has been at the helm, making bold moves. Forward Depth : The Montreal Canadiens will enter the 2022–23 season as a very deep team. Hughes had a big offseason, bringing in Kirby Dach, Sean Monahan, Evgeni Dadonov, and even Juraj Slafkovský! Montreal is extremely deep up-the middle with the likes of Nick Suzuki, Christian Dvorak, Jonathan Drouin, Sean Monahan, and potentially even Kirby Dach. Currently Montreal's forward group consists of: Brendan Gallagher ($6,500,000)  Josh Anderson ($5,500,000)  Evgeni Dadonov ($5,000,000) Joel Armia ($3,400,000) Nick Suzuki ($7,875,000) Christian Dvorak ($4,450,000)  Jake Evans ($1,700,000) Kirby Dach ($3,000,000) Mike Hoffman ($4,500,000)  Paul Byron ($3,400,000)  Rem Pitlick ($1,100,000)  Juraj Slafk

Either Matt Murray or Ilya Samsonov is Poised to have a Big Season

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a bold move this offseason. The team let go of all-star goaltender Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek (at the trade deadline) and picked up two high-risk, high-reward goaltenders. Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov are two similar goaltenders. Both goalies have had strong seasons before, but have had poor seasons leading up to this offseason.   Let's start with Matt Murray. Murray broke into the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins after he stole the show from Marc-Andre Fleury. Before being shipped out to Ottawa, Murray was able to win two Stanley Cups with the Pens.   Boy, oh boy, Murray's time in Ottawa was an absolute disaster! The Thunder Bay native only played in 47 games with his new team. Last season, Murray split time with the Sens, the AHL and on the injured list. Yes, Murray started the season off so poorly, the Sens optioned him off to the AHL, placing him on waivers. Although, Murray finished the season on a high note, with a .906 save percentag

Hyped Prospects that Turned into Busts: Alexander Khokhlachev

Drafting and prospecting are always gambles. NHL teams and executives have trust in their scouts to provide the most accurate information on up-and-coming prospects. Teams look for players that fit into their roster in the future. But we do have to remember that every player is different, and they may or may not ultimately end up playing in the NHL. Alexander Khokhlachev Khokhlachev was a former second-round pick of the Bruins back in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Coming out of the draft, many people saw the Russian prospect as a top-six forward, with elite, gifted offensive abilities.   The Moscow native wowed fans with his elite talent both in junior and in the AHL. In his final junior season, Khokhlachev scored 48 points in just 29 games with the Windsor Spitfires. Khokhlachev then continued his development in Providence (AHL). In his first pro season, he scored an impressive 57 points in 65 games. Khokhlachev gained popularity among hockey fans and was described as a sly, creative fo

The Red Sox Need to Address Their Bullpen to Contend Next Year

It is pretty much safe to say that the Boston Red Sox are having a poor 2022 season. J.D. Martinez has only hit nine home runs, and Bogaerts is struggling to hit for power. But what really needs to change in order to contend next season? One need that the Red Sox have had since the 2021 season is their bullpen and relief pitching. The only bullpen acquisition the Sox made during the past offseason was picking up Jake Diekman. And guess where Diekman is now? You guessed it, he was traded after a miserable stint in Boston. The lefty had a 4.23 ERA after he allowed 22 runs in 38.1 innings. In exchange for Reese McGuire, Diekman was shipped to the White Sox. You need your bullpen to be able to keep you in a game. The Red Sox relievers simply aren't doing that. They are allowing teams to expand their leads, preventing a chance at a comeback. For example, yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox bullpen gave up seven runs and nine hits in just four innings of work.   There ar

It's Cayden Primeau's Time to Shine in Montreal

Cayden Primeau is regarded as the top goaltending prospect in the Montreal Canadiens organization. The American netminder spent most of the past season playing in the AHL for the Laval Rocket. But, due to the fact that Carey Price will not return this season, The Habs' net is destined for the young netminder Primeau. After making his NHL debut during the 2019-2020 season, Primeau was once regarded as the next netminder for the Montreal Canadiens. Although he has struggled at the NHL level ever since, Montreal management has been impressed by the youngster's development in the AHL.   Last season, Primeau spent the majority of the season playing in the AHL. He suited up for 33 AHL games, recording a 2.94 goals-against-average and a.909 save percentage. But, what caught most eyes was Primeau's stellar postseason performance. The Michigan native had a.936 save percentage and a 2.17 goals-against-average in 14 playoff games. Primeau will battle for playing time with fellow ne

Bobby Dalbec: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Bobby Dalbec is a player that has shown inconsistency all throughout the season and his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. Dalbec is a player known for crushing balls for home runs or consistently striking out. He is referred to as a traditional power hitter. During the season, the once-top prospect in the Red Sox organization has demonstrated the good, bad, and ugly sides of his game. Let's start off with the ugly. Dalbec started the season off-rough! I mean really bad. The power hitter started off the season by batting 4 for 39, or a.102 average. He was not much of a power hitter either! He wasn't making hard contact either, as it took the righty 37 games to hit two home runs. Another part of Dalbec's game that has been proven inconsistent has been his fielding. Dalbec is often used as a utility player, although he mainly plays first base. AHe currently has a .997 fielding percentage, although he also has a defensive run saved metric of -10 at first base. Now that we&

Trade Talk: The Bruins Should Look into Moving Mike Reilly

Mike Reilly seems like an outsider within the Bruins' roster. The Bruins' d-man figured within the top-six last year, until the Bruins brought in Hampus Lindholm, pushing Reilly outside the lineup. The Bruins acquired Reilly from the Ottawa Senators a few years ago. Reilly is currently entering his final year with Boston. He has an AAV of $3,000,000. Last season, the D-man played in 70 games, recording 17 points. Reilly plays an offensive role on the Bruins defensive core, he likes to rush the puck up and join the play. Due to his inconsistent defensive play, Reilly would be considered an offensive defenseman. Reilly is not a physical player, but he is a good skater, although he needs to improve his defensive metrics.   Why should the Bruins inquire into moving Reilly? The left-handed d-man doesn't fit into the lineup. As of right now, many sources have inferred that Reilly would not be in Bruins' top-six, even with the injury of Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk. Th

All About Habs' Underrated Prospect: Oliver Kapanen

When thinking about top prospects in the Montreal Canadiens organization, Oliver Kapanen isn't a name you normally hear. However, Kapanen is a prospect that will likely make an impact at the NHL level. Who is Oliver Kapanen? Oliver is the nephew of former NHL veteran Sami Kapanen and is the cousin of Kasperi Kapanen. Oliver plays a defensive-minded game and is a player that has recognizable skills offensively.   The Montreal Canadiens originally drafted the Finnish forward during the 2021 NHL Draft. The Habs used the 64th overall selection in the second round to select Kapanen.  Kapanen is a player that can play a big role on any team. He is a defensively minded forward who plays well in his own zone. He is reliable at the faceoff dot and is a penalty kill specialist. For example, while playing for Team Finland at the 2022 IIHF WJC, he led Finnish forwards in ice-time on the PK. "Kapanen’s game is all about off-puck instincts and good scoring touch in tight places", EP

The Bruins Need Hampus Lindholm to Have a Strong Start this Season

The Bruins will look to Hampus Lindholm to hold the reins defensively while star Charlie McAvoy recovers from offseason surgery. Boston acquired Lindholm for a big price tag last season. The former Anaheim Duck was dealt in exchange for Urho Vaakanainen, John Moore, a first-round pick and two-second round picks. A hot start from Lindholm will be vital, as the Atlantic Division is as stacked as ever. Lindholm showed glimpses of strong play last season with Boston before he was ultimately injured during the playoffs. Lindholm was a former sixth overall pick and is currently training back home in Sweden with his former team, Rogle BK. What do the Bruins need in Lindholm? Defense. The Bruins need a consistent, puck-moving d-man that can kill time off the clock. Something Charlie McAvoy did really well. The Bruins will count on Lindholm in the dying parts of games. They need a player to be able to play 25 minutes a game, like McAvoy does. Last season with the Bruins, Lindholm suited up in

The Underrated Drafting by the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been serious Stanley Cup contenders for the last few years. Being contenders comes with the price of not having high-end draft picks. However, the Leafs have done a good job of drafting prospects in the latter rounds of the draft. Roni Hirvonen:   Hirvonen is a player that was selected 59th overall by the Maple Leafs during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Hirvonen is regarded as a high-end prospect that has excelled at every junior level he has played at.   Most recently, the forward represented Team Finland at the 2022 IIHF WJC, where he was named captain. The Leafs prospect played on the Finnish top line and recorded seven points in seven games. Hirvonen is currently playing for HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish Liiga, although he is under contract with the Maple Leafs. Last season with the Finnish squad, Hirvonen put up a solid 26 points in 46 games.   The 59th overall pick is regarded as a high-end playmaker. He finds the seams to set up his teammates. He i

Breaking Down the Game of Detroit's Moritz Seider

The German superstar has established himself as one of the best defensemen in the entire NHL. Seider, the 2022 NHL Rookie of the Year.   First and foremost, the Detroit Red Wings acquired Seider, 6th overall, during the 2019 NHL Draft. Many saw this as a poor selection, as Seider was ranked to go in the late first round. But boy, were people wrong!   Ever since being selected by Detroit, Seider has been a superstar for every single team he has played with. The German native played the 2019-20 season in the AHL. He played solid minutes for a very poor Grand Rapids team. As an 18-year-old, Seider did not look outmatched, playing against other high-level talents.   The following season, the Red Wings would loan Seider out to play for Rogle BK of the SHL. Once again, the 19-year-old would dominate defensively, playing a big role. This brings us back to the 2021-22 season, when Seider entered his rookie year with the Detroit Red Wings. Seider played heavy minutes with the team; he aver

The Plans and Options for Nick Foligno

Nick Foligno is a polarising figure within the Boston Bruins fanbase. The Bruins brought Foligno in as an unrestricted free agent on July 28, 2021. The Bruins signed the veteran to a two-year contract worth $7,600,000. Foligno's completely underperformed for his Bruins team. The 34-year-old is likely declining due to his age and is likely to underperform next season too. Foligno was a fourth-liner for Boston last season, appearing in 64 games and scoring two goals. Yes, just two goals! Foligno did record 66 penalty minutes though, which some may say is positive. That's your call.   Let's be real: you don't sign a free agent an average of $3,800,000 to play eight minutes a night and score two goals in a season. So what are the potential options and plans for Nick Foligno and Boston? Let's start with the most unlikely option, which would be to completely buyout Foligno's contract. This option would save the Bruins $1,866,666 in cap this season, although they wo

Kasper Puutio SHINED at the 2022 IIHF World Juniors

Kasper Puutio may not be known as the most elite hockey prospect, but his game at the 2022 IIHF WJC showed otherwise. Puutio is a native of Vaasa, Finland and currently plays for KalPa in the Finnish Liiga. His NHL rights are owned by the Florida Panthers.  Puutio was selected by the Panthers during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in the fifth round, 153rd overall. He is a right-handed shooting defenseman with decent size, standing at six feet and weighing 185 pounds.   Puutio is a player that plays with a lot of emotion. He is a leader for the Finnish Junior Team. He was named assistant captain during the 2022 IIHF WJC Tournament. The Finnish defender ended the tournament by capturing a silver medal with his home country. He played a big role offensively and defensively. Puutio ended the tournament with four goals and three assists in seven games. He was also named the Best Defenseman of the Tournament.   Puutio played a big role in a good Finland squad. Puutio played regular minutes wi

Why Moving Erik Haula Made Sense for the Bruins

Let's recap the trade first. The Bruins and New Jersey Devils agreed to a one-for-one swap. The Bruins would send Finland native Erik Haula to the Devils in exchange for the RFA rights of Pavel Zacha. Haula was formerly signed to a two-year, $4,750,000 contract with the Bruins on July 28, 2021. 🚨 TRADE ALERT 🚨 We have acquired Erik Haula from Boston in exchange for Pavel Zacha. 📰: https://t.co/czLYXKiMhR pic.twitter.com/y2BvJmPfzU — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 13, 2022 Erik Haula was an essential figure, playing the highly touted role of second-line center for the Bruins. Even after coming off a fairly strong season offensively, what led to the Bruins moving Haula? Roles on the team factored into the decision to move Haula. With the news and acquisition of former Bruins center David Krejci, it seemed like Haula's services were no longer needed. When fully-healthy, the Bruins are stacked up the middle (Bergeron, Krejci, Coyle). If Haula wasn't moved, it would be

Jakub Zboril will be a KEY Player on B's Blue Line

Czech-mate! Jakub Zboril will play a key role for the Bruins, at least until Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk are back and ready. Zboril will factor in within the Bruins' top-six, if not play a solid top-four defenseman role. Zboril will have every opportunity early in the season to earn a full-roster spot. The Czech-born defender showed improvement last season when he played in ten games. Zboril looked stronger and played a more mature game before getting injured. During his short season, Zboril recorded three points, averaging just more than 15 minutes per night. He sustained a torn ACL mid-season. INJURY UPDATE: Boston Bruins defender Jakub Zboril has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of this season. #NHLBruins — NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) December 21, 2021  The Bruins need Zboril to step up, furthermore helping their financial cap. If Zboril is able to hold the fort as a bottom pair d-man, the Bruins will likely move Mike Rei

Toronto's Top Defensive Prospect: Topi Niemela

Topi Niemela. What comes to mind when you hear his name? Niemela, is a star player playing for Karpat of the SM-Liiga in Finland. The Maple Leafs acquired Niemela during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, he was selected 64th overall. Niemela is a two-way defenceman that has played in the top leagues throughout the Finnish junior and pro system. Niemela's name really broke out at the 2020-21 IIHF World Junior Classic. The Finnish defender was second on his team in points with eight and was a named Defenceman of the Tournament. He and Team Finland ended up taking home a bronze medal. This past season, Niemela, spent the entire season with Karpat playing at the professional level. Niemela was the top d-man on his team, as just a 20-year-old. Remember the Liiga is a top professional league, he is playing against competition much older and mature then his age.  Niemela played in 48 games, scoring ten goals and assisting 22 plays. He was also invited back to the WJC and wore the "A", f

Previewing the 2022 IIHF WJC Gold Medal Game - Finland vs Canada

It all comes down to this, the most prolific game of a hockey player's junior career. Who will take home the gold medal?   Team Finland comes into the game looking for a bounceback effort. They were defeated by Canada during the preliminary round, 6-3. Team Canada cruised through the preliminary round and will have their biggest test of the tournament today. Keys to Success: For Finland, they need to establish an early lead. Finland's top line of Aatu Raty, Joakim Kemell, and Roni Hirvonen have been carrying the load offensively. With an early lead, Finland's defensive strengths and shut a game down, like they did against Team Sweden yesterday. Finland defeated Sweden, 1-0, and limited the Swedes to just 23 shots.   Canada will need to break down Finland's defensive core once again, like they did in the preliminary round. Canada's offensive core is made up of highly skilled players that pounce on mistakes. Finland's game revolves around possession. If Canada

Trent Frederic Should NOT be a Bruins Regular this Season

Trent Frederic is an interesting piece in the Bruins organization. Frederic was a former first round pick of the B's during the 2016 NHL Draft. And some may argue that he has yet to live up to the high expectations placed on him when he was selected 29th overall. Frederic is a player that brings physicality into the Bruins lineup. But his physicality comes with other consequences. Penalties! Frederic is a player notorious for getting unnecessary penalties. Does his physical play outweigh his dumb penalties? Definitely not! Frederic was eighth on the team in hits and was fourth on the team in penalty minutes. This led to Frederic being benched and scratched in the midst of the season. One shift for Trent Frederic after the interference penalty. Benched. — Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) May 5, 2022 Offensively, Frederic was not much better. In 60 games last season, he was only able to record eight goals and ten assists. For a former first-round pick, you'd definitely expect be

Will Jack Studnicka Become a Bruins Regular this Season?

Jack Studnicka was touted as a top prospect in the Boston Bruins organization, and he still is. Studnicka was a former second-round pick by the Bruins in 2017, but has yet to crack a full-time spot on the roster. Studnicka is currently 23 years old and is likely on the brink of the end of his development period. Will Studnicka finally crack an NHL roster spot?  It is either now or never for Studnicka. The Tecumseh native is running out of time. The Bruins have invested a lot of time in the development of Studnicka. This season may be the end of the ropes for Studnicka and the organization.   Studnicka is a player that has found success in the AHL but has yet to transition his play to the NHL. Could a trade and a fresh start be warranted for the prospect? For sure. Last season, Studnicka spent most of his time with the Providence Bruins in the AHL. He suited up for 41 games and scored a pretty decent 35 points. Studnicka, ended up playing 15 NHL games with Boston and only scoring thr

Aleksi Heimosalmi Has Been a Force for Team Finland

Aleksi Heimosalmi may not be the name that comes to mind when you think about top defencemen on Team Finland's roster. Your mind tends to wander to Topi Niemela, Kasper Puutio or even Eemil Viro. But Heimosalmi's play so far at the World Junior Classic proves different. Heimosalmi is tied for first in points by a Finnish d-man with Kasper Puutio. He currently has six assists, or six points in five games, also maintaining a rating of positive four. Aleksi Heimosalmi 0+1 Koko kisojen saldo: 4 ottelua 0+4 #Ässät #Liiga https://t.co/xyJ42E46ix — Porin Ässät (@PorinAssat) August 16, 2022   Heimosalmi started the 2022 IIHF World Juniors as the seventh defenceman in the Finland lineup. The Fin has since been moved up to the second pair, alongside Detroit Red Wings' pick Eemil Viro, and also commands the second unit power play   We can see a contrast in Heimosalmi's ice time throughout the tournament. He started the preliminary round averaging 15 minutes per game and ended t

Fabian Lysell Dominates World Juniors Group Stage

Boston's Fabian Lysell was dominant throughout the group stage of the 2022 IIHF World Juniors Tournament. Lysell, from Gothenburg, Sweden, was selected 21st overall by the Boston Bruins during the 2021 NHL Draft. Lysell has proven to be at control at every single junior level. So it is not a surprise that he is dominating the WJC. This season, playing with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL, Lysell put up a team high of 62 points in 53 games. He also produced tremendously in the playoffs, putting up 21 points in just 12 games. The Bruins' pick is playing a top offensive role for Team Sweden. Lysell is playing within the top-six and on the top power play unit for Sweden. It is also to be noted that Team Sweden is very stacked offensively. Lysell plays alongside the 14th overall selection, Isak Rosen.   Lysell has shown his ability to make plays with the puck. He sets up on his one-timer side on the powerplay and utilizes both his shooting and playmaking skills. that is an absolu

Time is only Hurting the Boston Bruins - Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci

The Boston Bruins are in the final stretches with their current team core. This will likely be their final push for the Stanley Cup, with captain Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and potentially even Brad Marchand in the same lineup. The last three members from the 2011 Stanley Cup winners, still playing for Boston. Both Bergeron and Krejci are UFA's by the end of the upcoming season.  The Bruins are one of the oldest teams in the entire NHL. They have been a staple in the playoffs ever since missing out during the 2016-2017 season. The Bruins even made it to the Stanley Cup final during the 2018-2019 season.   It is now or never for the core of the Boston Bruins. Time isn't slowing down, the Bruins are getting older, and like many professional sports, athletes tend to slow down as they age. After the upcoming 2022–23 season, it is likely that Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci may retire. Rumors speculated that Bergeron contemplated retirement this offseason. Bergeron turned 37-

A Peek into the Secrets of Aleksi Heimosalmi + Interview

Aleksi Heimosalmi is a Finnish-born defenceman, currently playing on loan for his hometown team Ässät in the Finnish Liiga. Heimosalmi's National Hockey League rights are owned by the Carolina Hurricanes. The team that selected him in the second round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, 44th overall. The Hurricanes have also inked Heimosalmi to a three-year entry-level contract this past season, before being loaned out to Finland. Heimosalmi has always been a staple in the Finnish hockey system. The right-handed D-man has played in all of the top tournaments and leagues around the country. For example, he played in the U16, U17, U18, and World Juniors tournaments for his country.   One of Heimosalmi's biggest hockey performances has to be his play at the U18's in Texas. The Pori, Finland native scored two goals and had six assists in just seven games. He led the entire tournament in points by a d-man while being named the tournament's best defenceman and a top-3 player on hi

2022 IIHF WJC Notes: August 12 - Brad Lambert, Mason McTavish, etc.

The IIHF World Juniors is under flight. Here are some of the top analytics and notes so far from the played games: Brad Lambert : Lambert is an elite skater and puck handler. He flashes around with his edge work. He is a key player on odd-man rushes and one-on-one. Lambert makes his teammates better while also displaying a lethal shot in junior. But what is holding Brad Lambert back from becoming a superstar? Give and GOAL! Brad Lambert makes it 3-0 for @leijonat just 1:58 into the 2nd. #WorldJuniors #LATFIN @NHLJets pic.twitter.com/utJ8Olkf69   — IIHF (@IIHFHockey) August 9, 2022 Lambert is a perimeter player. He is often rushing around the ice and making laps around the offensive zone. Lambert moves around the outside of the offensive zone, looking to set up teammates in and around the goal. He is a very predictable player. Lambert currently has a goal in two games. Mason McTavish and Team Canada : Team Canada is always a candidate to win the IIHF WJC. Team Canada absolutely domi

Patrice Bergeron Is the Definition of a "Team Player"

What's a team player? It's Patrice Bergeron, one of the most loyal players to ever suit up for the black and gold. Bergeron was selected 45th overall by the Boston Bruins during the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.  The Quebec native, Bergeron, has proven to be a true leader on and off the ice. Bergeron stars on the ice as the Bruins' first-line centermen. He has played in over 1200+ games with the club, while sitting fourth in team history with 982 points and fourth in total career assists and goals. Off the ice, Patrice is a true leader. Bergeron was named the 20th team captain in Bruins history. But, since signing his most recent contract, we've seen the real Bergeron.  The Quebec native, isn't playing hockey for the money. He wants to win in Boston. The Bruins and Bergeron recently announced a one-year contract extension for the forward. Bergeron's contract includes a $2.5M base cap hit, along with $2.5M in potential bonuses (if he were to play at least ten games thi

Bruins Sign Bergeron to One-Year Contract

The Boston Bruins have signed captain Patrice Bergeron to a one-year contract. Bergeron's contract will have a $2.5M base salary, along with $2.5M in incentives. The Bruins are coming off a defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes during the first-round. Reports rumored Bergeron would retire, but that was not the case. The Boston captain is the reigning Selke Trophy winner, an award given to the best defensive forward. Over his career, Patrice has spent all of his time in Boston. Bergeron has logged in over 1200+ games and has scored 400 goals and 582 assists. Boston originally selected their captain with the 45th pick of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Bergeron will center Boston's first-line once again this season. More details to come.

Who will the Bruins Trade Prior to the Upcoming Season?

Who is the ideal candidate for Don Sweeney? We know that the Bruins need more cap space in order to sign Pavel Zacha, Patrice Bergeron, and maybe even David Krejci. Boston has Craig Smith and Mike Reilly, who are two players that could be on the shopping block. Let's start with Smith, who was acquired by Boston through free agency. He signed a three-year contract, worth an AAV of $ 3.1M . The Wisconsin native is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the conclusion of the 2022-23 season. What makes Smith the perfect player to move? First off, Smith has a respectable trading value. The Bruins won't be dealing Nick Foligno, let's face it. A seasoned vet, Foligno, has proven to be a signing flop. Boston would have to deal a high-end prospect or high-end draft picks in order to trade Foligno's salary. For example, a first-round pick. Boston would get future assets if Smith were to be traded. Furthermore, retaining draft picks for future use. Smith is another guy th

Jeremy Swayman Controls Ullmark's Future with the Bruins

Jeremy Swayman is a 23-year-old goaltender entering his third season in the NHL. The Anchorage, Alaska native has played in 51 NHL games during his short career. This past season, he split playing-time with teammate Linus Ullmark as the starting netminder. How does Swayman control Ullmark's future? Of course, we need to note that Linus Ullmark currently has a full-no-movement clause in his contract. Meaning the Bruins wouldn't be able to trade him this season (unless Ullmark waives his clause). Ullmark earns an annual-average-salary of $5M and, after the 2022–23 season, he has a M-NTC (allowing Boston to trade him). Remember, Boston needs cap in-order to sign both Jeremy Swayman and David Pastrnak after the conclusion of the 2022-23 season. Swayman is the future in net for the Bruins after Tuukka Rask retired this past season. Boston has faith in the youngster, he is the only capable goalie in the system. This is a key year for Swayman. If the Alaska native plays well, Linus Ul