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Five Bruins players Looking For a Bounce Back 2022-23 NHL season

The Boston Bruins had a very interesting 2021–22 season. The team was one of the top franchises in the entire league, although they struggled at times. Boston lacked secondary scoring and strong defensive plays at times during the season. Here are five Bruins players looking for a better 2022–23 season: Trent Frederic   Frederic was notoriously bad last season. The St. Louis native seemed to lose trust in former Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, which led to his benching.   The winger only played 60 games last year, and chipped in with a solid eight goals and ten assists. Although, on the defensive side, Frederic played very poorly. The Bruins players racked up 57 penalty minutes, many of which were very poor decisions.   The Bruins often found themselves short-handed when Frederic was on the ice. Frederic is known as an agitator who likes to play the body. But at times, the forward can be overly aggressive, leading to poor decisions and penalties. Due to this, Frederic often found hi

Goaltending Will be a Critical Aspect for the Boston Bruins - Ullmark, Swayman

The Boston Bruins will look to rely on their goaltending tandem of Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman to help position themselves into a playoff position. We all know the first few months of the NHL season will be hard on the Bruins. The team will be without superstar Brad Marchand, defensive quarterback Charlie McAvoy, and offensive d-man Matt Grzelcyk. Three essential key aspects of an elite Bruins squad. Last season, the tandem of Ullmark and Swayman would be best described as solid. By no means were they elite, but they weren't horrible either. Bruins management will look for strong starts from both of their goaltenders, as they are likely to share the starts and share somewhat equal ice time in the crease.   Veteran goaltender Linus Ullmark will look to bounce back from a poor playoff showing against the Carolina Hurricanes last season. Ullmark finished his season with two playoff losses. The Swedish goalkeeper finished his first season in Boston with a save percentage of .91

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

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