Three "smaller" trades the Bruins could make to chase the Stanley Cup
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by Tim Burke
6d ago
I have extensively written about the NHL Trade Deadline in the last week. I have written about who I believe are the top ten players available at the Trade Deadline and whether the Bruins should explore a trade for that player or avoid adding them to their roster. Another direction the Bruins could go in is to add players who are not necessarily the biggest names on the market but can help them win the Stanley Cup. This is my preferred direction for the bruins as they can keep their NHL roster intact and instead sacrifice draft picks or prospects. There is not one player on this Bruins roster ..read more
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Five Star Players the Bruins Should Add at the Trade Deadline
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by Tim Burke
1w ago
The Boston Bruins continue to dominate the National Hockey League, but with the NHL Trade Deadline approaching, other contending teams around the league will be looking to improve their roster. Teams like Toronto, Carolina, and Tampa Bay will all make the necessary additions to their roster to compete for the Stanley Cup. Even though the Bruins are dominating the league, they need to add to their roster as well. When speaking to Boston media Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney had this to say about the state of the Bruins going into the trade deadline. "I think we're deep, but we are probably g ..read more
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Five Star Players the Bruins Should Avoid at the Trade Deadline
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by Tim Burke
1w ago
The Boston Bruins have a legitimate shot at winning the Stanley Cup. With the Trade Deadline approaching, the Bruins are in an exciting position. Like most teams, they do have much salary cap flexibility. Twelve teams have no cap space, and 27 have less than 3 million. It will be difficult to acquire players at this year's deadline, and teams will be forced to take on salaries to move players. The Bruins having little to no cap space is a tough situation, but it is not unlike the rest of the league. Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney has a history of being both creative and aggressive with mid ..read more
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Three Key players to watch in the Second Half
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by Tim Burke
1w ago
The Boston Bruins have entered the second half of the season and are currently the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. This Bruins team has been dominant, and I have never seen anything like it. They are (blank in the National Hockey League in goals). They have allowed the fewest goals and sit nine points above the next-best team in the NHL. This team has the talent, depth, and goaltending to win the Stanley Cup. However, there is room for improvement, which sounds ridiculous when describing a team that is 33-5-4 with one regulation loss at home. But these three players are essential if the Brui ..read more
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Bruins Sign Pavel Zacha to Four Year Extension
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by Tim Burke
1w ago
After Saturday’s exciting 4-3 victory over the rival Toronto Maple Leafs at the TD Garden, the Bruins announced a four-year extension for forward Pavel Zacha with a cap hit of 4.75 million. After several seasons with the Devils, where Zacha had some struggles, he has fit in perfectly with Boston’s second line. Earlier in the season, I wrote about how Zacha’s versatility, work ethic, and skill fit in with the Bruins second line. Since then, I have continued to be impressed with Zacha’s game. Zacha’s combination of size, speed, and skill is special. He is in the middle of a breakout season in Bo ..read more
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The Three Stars of the Bruins Historic First Half
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by Tim Burke
2w ago
The Boston Bruins are 32-5-4 to start the year. It's been a historic first half for the Bruins. They are on pace to be one the greatest regular season teams in history. Barring a major dropoff in their game, they will win the President's Trophy for the first time since 2014-2015. They have lost just once in regulation at home. I have never seen a more dominant hockey team. In review of the first half, the performances of these three players have stood out to me. Here are the three stars of the Boston Bruins historic first half of the season: Third Star- Hampus Lindholm It was difficult not to ..read more
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Rafael Devers is Officially the Face of the Boston Red Sox
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by Tim Burke
2w ago
Today, the Red Sox officially announced an 11-year 331 million dollar contract extension for Rafael Devers. The largest contract in Red Sox history. Red Sox ownership have been heavily criticized for losing both Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts. It has been a frustrating three years for Red Sox fans, but I do not believe anyone can question Fenway Sports Management's commitment to the Boston Red Sox. John Henry deserves credit for flying to the Dominican Republic in December and doing what was necessary to keep Rafael Devers a Boston Red Sox. I believe the Red Sox have always viewed Rafael Dev ..read more
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What is Alex Verdugo's Future in Boston?
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by Tim Burke
1M ago
Alex Verdugo is at an interesting point in his career. The 27-year-old outfielder was acquired in the Mookie Betts deal and has been the most significant player Boston has received in the infamous trade. Throughout his three seasons with the Red Sox, Verdugo has played solid baseball. Verdugo has the hit tool to become a difference-maker with excellent contact skills and the ability to hit the ball all over the field. Unfortunately, Verdugo has not established himself as an All-Star caliber player due to inconsistency at the plate. When asked what players need to take a step forward in 2023, R ..read more
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Red Sox Thoughts: Justin Turner, JD Martinez, Shortstop and Devers Extension
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by Tim Burke
1M ago
The Boston Red Sox have signed Justin Turner to a one-year deal for 8.3 million with a 2024 player option for 11.4 million. Turner has spent the last nine years with the Dodgers, where he has been a significant part of their offense. It appeared the Dodgers ended the hopes of a Turner reunion after signing Red Sox legend JD Martinez to a one-year deal worth 10 million. Interesting that the Red Sox and Dodgers have coincidentally swapped stars in the Free Agency period. Turner has been a star for nearly a decade. Like Martinez, he struggled early in his Major League career, but after adjusting ..read more
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Red Sox Targets: Willy Adames
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by Tim Burke
1M ago
The Red Sox have a few areas of need to address this option. The loss of Xander Bogaerts leaves a massive hole in the lineup. I believe the best candidate to replace Bogaerts is Dansby Swanson. However, I think the Red Sox are avoiding Free Agents with Qualifying Offers attached to their names to prevent losing draft picks and international bonus money. I think the Red Sox will make most of their moves in the trade market. Chaim Bloom has stated that the trade market is “something we are very, very actively exploring.” The minor league depth and prospect pool the Red Sox have built up under Bl ..read more
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