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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

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

Where Will You Find Pavel Zacha Playing on the Bruins Roster?

Pavel Zacha is a Czech-born forward who was acquired from the New Jersey Devils this past offseason. New Jersey selected Zacha with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The 25-year-old winger was once touted as an elite-dynamic offensive force.    Zacha had a career high of 179 points in 386 games with the New Jersey Devils. This past 2021–22 season, the forward scored a career-high 15 goals and 21 assists in 70 games, playing in New Jersey's top-six. He did not develop into the expectations of the Devils and was given a fresh start with Boston after being traded for Erik Haula. The question is, where does Zacha fit in Boston's lineup? First, we must establish some assumptions. There are rumors that David Krejci will sign a brief deal to join the Boston Bruins once again. If Patrice Bergeron does not retire, Krejci will fill the void as the second-line centerman. It is also likely that Patrice Bergeron will sign a one-year deal and play in the upcoming season

Boston Trades Erik Haula to Devils for Pavel Zacha

The Boston Bruins have announced that they have acquired a former first round pick from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Erik Haula. The 25-year-old Zacha was drafted 6th overall by the Devils during the 2015 draft. This season he played in 70 games, recording 15 goals and 21 points. The Bruins will need to sign Zacha to a new contract as he is coming off a three-year deal with an AAV of $2.25M. The Devils receive Erik Haula in return. The Pori, Finland native signed a two-year contract with Boston last season. Haula had an underwhelming start to the 2021-22 season, but finished with 47 points in 78 games. The Devils look to open up roster spots and cap space for big-name free agents, such as Johnny Gaudreau. While the Bruins look to add youth and keep UFAs Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.