This week the Boston Bruins find themselves on a bye week; a new addition to the NHL schedule due to the World Cup of Hockey which was introduced at the beginning of the season.
For those who were following the Patriots and have a lot of catching up to do with Bruins hockey, you’ve come to the right place.
The Boston Bruins relieved head coach Claude Julien on February 7th during the Patriots Champions Parade. Former assistant coach, Bruce Cassidy, has taken over as the interim coach. So far, the Bruins are 3-0 under the interim, defeating the Pacific-leading San Jose Sharks, the Vancouver Canucks, and shut out the Atlantic-leading Montreal Canadiens on home ice last Sunday night.
Going into the bye week, the Bruins found themselves third in the Atlantic division tied with the Ottawa Senators for 64 points. They also found themselves three games ahead of the ever-so-close Toronto Maple Leafs with one point separating the two clubs.
Thankfully since Sunday, Toronto has lost both their games, and Ottawa has lost as well. The two hockey clubs will meet up Saturday night and you better be hoping the Senators win.
As mentioned before, the Boston Bruins fired their head coach Claude Julien. He went about a week without a job, only to be picked up by his other former team and rival of the Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens. He spent three season behind the Habs’ bench before spending another year in New Jersey before finding a home in Boston,
Unfortunately the Habs and Bruins do not meet up again this season; the only chance of Cassidy and Claude going head-to-head would be if the two teams were meet up in the playoffs.
Along with a coaching change, just after the Montreal game, the Bruins’ general manager sent down a promising prospect, Peter Cehlarik much to many’s surprise after his outstanding performance again the Habs earning his first of hopefully many stars of the game. Many speculate this is because of not only the bye week so the Bruins’ want him to continue to play, but because there could be a possible trade coming.
Don Sweeney and Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic, were seen having a lengthy conversation during the second period of the Montreal Canadiens’ game Sunday night. Rumors have been going around speculating that the Avs’ captain, Gabriel Landeskog, will be on the move come the trade deadline; Matt Duchene of the Avalanche is also up in the trade market,
What causes panic within the Bruins fanbase is that apparently Brandon Carlo, the Bruins’ young star defenseman, is back into play when it comes to making a possible trade; even though Don Sweeney stressed that Carlo will not be dealt by the deadline.
Some possible trades that many believe would be a better fit for both clubs, are as follows:
Bruins give up Spooner, Zboril, and a draft pick for Landeskog.
Bruins give up Beleskey, Zboril, and possibly a draft pick for Landeskog.
However, the Avalanche are looking for Carlo and a first round pick in exchange for the Avs’ captain.
For Matt Duchene, the Boston Bruins could possibly give up David Krejci, however, I would like to see Krejci in a deal for Shattenkirk if that were to happen.
The Boston Bruins end their bye week this upcoming Sunday in San Jose and will stay out west against the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings next week.
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