Earlier this week, the faltering New Jersey Devils made the decision to deal former Hart Trophy winner, left winger Taylor Hall, to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2020 first round pick, a 2021 third round pick, forwards Nate Schnarr and Nick Merkley, and defenseman Kevin Bahl. It was reported that the Bruins were having initial discussions with the Devils to acquire Hall, but those talks ultimately never led to anything concrete regarding Hall. Other Devils players make more sense for the Bruins to acquire, but the price tag for the former MVP was too high for the Bruins to pay.
The Bruins have reached agreements with Chris Wagner and Charlie Coyle on long-term extensions. Both of their contracts were set to expire at the end of the 2019-2020 season.
The Bruins had a regular season that, while marked by injury and inconsistency, was still up to Boston’s mile-high standards. They ended with 107 points, actually 8 points lower than the less successful 2017-2018 season. Boston built on their incredible regular season with a remarkable and long playoff run eventually culminating in a game 7 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
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The Ottawa Senators are the worst team in the NHL. Two years removed from an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, the Senators are in a state of despair. The team scored a pathetic 64 points last year, and dealt star forwards Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Dzingel at the trade deadline.
NHL Top 100 Players Part 1: 100-76
NHL Top 100 Players Part 2: 75-51
NHL Top 100 Players Part 3: 50-26
The last part of the series shows the best 25 players in the league. This part is heavy on the Atlantic Division, as it features 5 members of the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3 from the Bruins and Maple Leafs, and 2 from the Panthers for a grand total of 13 out of 25. It also features 2 Capitals, Sharks, and Flames.
The third part of the list features the NHL players who are considered to be upper echelon talent but do not quite make it to superstar level.
This portion of the series details the players who I believe are ranked 75-51. The highest ranked Canadien finds his way onto the list, and one of the 6 Florida Panthers also makes an appearance.
This is the first part of a four part series which details the top 100 players at the beginning of the 2019 season.
What a special year for the Boston Bruins. From beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in 7 games, to blasting the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes out of the water, to eventually losing in the Stanley Cup, it was a truly memorable year. I wish I would be writing a happier article, but so it goes.