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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

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-

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

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