While its not John Tavares the Bruins did do some work on July 1st signing former Islanders Chris Wagner and Jaroslav Halak to contracts. Wagner, a Walpole MA native, will provide grit and physicality to the Bruins bottom six and with the Bruins losing Tim Schaller it could be an ideal replacement on the fourth line. Halak meanwhile addresses a much bigger need for the Bruins and that's backup goaltending. With Anton Khudobin heading to Dallas Don Sweeney took advantage of the market and quickly scooped up Halak. With that lets take a deeper dive into the two newest members of your Boston Bruins.
The 2018 Boston Bruins Development Camp featured a mix of returning players, new draft picks and invitees. A few from each category stood out to me in my time at camp, and while one can only speculate now as to how these players may perform against more elite competition down the line, there were certainly some players to be hopeful for.
Its been little more than a year since the Ottawa Senators were just a goal away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Taking the defending champion Penguins to a game seven the Senators were oh so close until Chris Kunitz fired a shot past Craig Anderson in double overtime, clinching the series and ending the magical run. While many pundits projected the Senators to not reach the same kind of post season success very few in the hockey world envisioned it being as bad as it was. The Senators went from 98 points to 67 points finishing second to last in the Atlantic division standings and 30 points out of the last wild card spot in the conference. A team that was one shot, one goal away, from a championship series appearance finished near dead last the year after. How the heck did this happen?
The Boston Bruins have been off the ice for nearly a month, and their loyal fans have already begun taking their best guesses as to how the team will be configured come fall. Guy Boston Sports chatted with a man who knows the team well, to get his opinions on what the Bruins roster might look like to begin the 2018-19 season.
It has been a rite of passage amongst expansion teams in the National Hockey League for decades to be uncompetitive and underwhelming in the first few seasons of their existence, and some end up struggling longer than that. The Vegas Golden Knights have broken the mold for what a traditional NHL expansion franchise should look like, and it has turned into one of the greatest success stories in the entire hockey world.
The Boston Bruins traveled to Tampa for Game 5 of their best-of-seven series with the Lightning Sunday afternoon. After a heartbreaking loss on home ice 4-3 in overtime, the Bruins had their backs against the wall fighting for a chance to bring the series back to Boston for a Game 6 on Tuesday.
Brad Marchand was back on his antics Friday night in Boston for Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. His most recent victim? Lightning forward Ryan Callahan. Take a look.
The Bruins looked to even up their best-of-seven series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night at TD Garden. After dropping Game 3 with a lackluster 4-1 performance on Wednesday, Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy made plans to shake up the lines heading into what was believed by many to be a do-or-die scenario for his team, who had little desire to return to Florida in a 3-1 hole.
Game three of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals saw the series shift up north to Boston. After splitting the series down south the Bruins hoped to ride the home crowd's momentum to a game three victory. Head coach Bruce Cassidy emphasized stronger starts as the Lightning came out for fast starts in both games one and two. Tommy Wingels was swapped in for Tim Schaller but outside of that no further line changes were made. Tuukka Rask and Andrei Vasilevskiy took the nets as the Bruins looked to regain their series lead.
"Dobby should start game three to give Tuukka a break. Those soft goals show he may be a bit worn out which is his MO in the playoffs." For the sake of this take I'll leave the person anonymous but, the number of anti-Rask folks on social media has seemingly grown through the playoffs. While there certainly have been moments where the Bruins´ seven million dollar backstop has stumbled, it seems unfair to expect perfection from any goaltender on any team in the NHL no matter how much they make. That being said he doesn't have to be perfect every game and to expect that would be foolish. The intense scope that Rask is under seems unfair but as we see with Al Horford and David Price it doesn't matter how good you are people will always have incredibly lofty, unreal expectations. Despite all this Rask and company will be just fine.