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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

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

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