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Predicting Protected Lists: Boston Bruins 

Ahead of the expansion draft, the Bruins have a multitude of no-movement clause players that require protection. However, none of these players should cause a problem. A bunch of the Bruins core players moving forward are young and exempt from being selected by Vegas which is a huge advantage for Don Sweeney. 

Up front, the Bruins are required to protect Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and David Backes. None of these three would have been left exposed anyways. 

For the remaining four slots, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are definitely getting two of them. 

The last two spots leave room for some flexibility. Ryan Spooner could get one, although he could be traded before protection lists are submitted as well. If the Bruins acquire a forward in exchange for Spooner, they could protect him if he is expansion eligible. Otherwise, there are not many other players the Bruins could protect. 

If Spooner goes, they could choose to protect Alex Khokhlachev, a skilled forward who bolted to the KHL last season. It would just be a move to protect his rights from being taken by Vegas. 

Riley Nash being on the protection list is plausible as well. 

Jimmy Hayes and Matt Beleskey are also options, but Boston will likely leave both players unprotected in hopes that Vegas will take one of them. 

On defense, Zdeno Chara has a no-movement clause and Torrey Krug is a sure-fire protected player. The last slot will probably go to Colin Miller, but the Bruins protecting Adam McQuaid instead would not be surprising. 

In goal, Tuukka Rask will be protected. In all likelihood, it will be Malcolm Subban that winds up on Vegas’ team next season. Subban was Boston’s 24th overall pick in 2012. 

Boston’s protection list could look like this:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, David Backes, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Riley Nash, Ryan Spooner

Defense: Zdeno Chara, Torrey Krug, Colin Miller OR Adam McQuaid 

Goalie: Tuukka Rask

Next team: Buffalo Sabres

Kevin, @TheNHLFiles 


Five players who are likely to be moved at the 2017 NHL trade deadline 

The trade deadline is almost upon us, and so far it is unclear what will happen when it officially rolls around. With expansion on the horizon, trades are at an all time low. The market is stagnant. However, that could change when teams feel the crunch before playoff time. Here are five players likely to move at or before the February 28th trade deadline.

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Five Players Off to Disappointing Starts in 2016-2017

As every new season rolls around, there are bound to be players that come in hot and players that come in cold. Most of the time these come as surprises, especially for teams paying big money for players that start the season slow.

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Trade Possibility: Jonas Brodin

Chuck Fletcher and the Minnesota Wild are looking to get better for next season, and they may have to deal one of their defensemen to do so. With Ryan Suter eating big minutes and Marco Scandella, Jared Spurgeon, Matt Dumba, and Jonas Brodin falling behind him, the Wild certainly have an abundance of NHL caliber defensemen. This does not include Mike Reilly, Nate Prosser, and Christian Folin either.  Read the rest of this entry

Trade Possibility: Dennis Wideman 

Dennis Wideman of the Calgary Flames could be on the move this summer. The 33 year old defenseman has one year left on his contract at a 5.25 million cap hit and a 6 million salary.  Read the rest of this entry

Ladd deal to Chicago has potential to work out for both clubs 

The next big domino of the NHL trading season fell on Thursday night, when the Winnipeg Jets traded captain Andrew Ladd to Chicago for Marko Dano and a first round pick. Other assets were involved, like Jay Harrison and a conditional pick, but the latter was the lump of the deal. 

This will be Ladd’s second stint with Chicago, the city where he won a Stanley Cup in 2010. Ladd was a victim of the first of three large cap crunches Chicago has gone through. 

Both teams make out well on this trade, that is if Chicago wins the Cup again. The Blackhawks brought in Ladd to play along side Jonathan Toews, a spot formerly occupied by a number of players including Ryan Garbutt for a short period of time. 

The package coming back to Winnipeg sets them up quite nicely as well. Marko Dano, although bouncing around a lot from team to team, is a solid player with the potential to be a top-six forward. The Jets also add another first round pick, likely in the 24 to 30 range. The Jets are loaded up front for the future with the likes of Scheifele, Connor, Dano, Lemieux, Petan, Ehlers, Roslovic, and Armia. 

This deal sets up the market for the upcoming days. Beside Loui Eriksson, and maybe Mikkel Boedker depending how desperate teams are, Ladd was probably the priciest option out there. Actually, as the trade rumors came through, I was writing something up saying that teams that lose out on Ladd could potentially go after the similar but cheaper option in Jamie McGinn from Buffalo. Florida and Pittsburgh could be on that. 

We will likely see more trades come through before the deadline, which does take some of the excitement out of Monday, but it’s fun to see trades regardless. 

Other updates: 

-Like the Jets, other teams up north are gathering offers for some of their players before deadline day. Edmonton has been aggressively shopping Justin Schultz. Don’t be surprised if that gets done within 24 hours. Montreal has looked at options for Weise but nothing yet, that’ll probably wait for Monday. 

-A Loui Eriksson trade will likely have to wait until Monday at around 3 o’clock to come in. Boston doesn’t mind holding onto him either. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Five Bold Predictions for the 2015-2016 NHL Season

The NHL season starts tonight, and each year something happens that makes all of us scratch our heads. Whether it’s a trade, firing, or odd standings movement, the league will look different than it did last year, just as last year looked different than two years ago. Some of the items on this list are much bolder than others – but here are five predictions for the upcoming hockey season.  Read the rest of this entry

Winners and Losers of Day One of the 2015 NHL Draft

It was an exciting first day of the 2015 NHL Draft, one of the most exciting in years. It saw played such as Robin Lehner, Dougie Hamilton, and Milan Lucic traded before the draft even started, and a bunch of other deals during the draft. Some deals left us scratching our heads, but others were great and out of the blue for teams. Here are our winners and losers of day one. 
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Summer is a Brewin’: What’s Next for Boston?

It took all 82 games in the 2014-2015 NHL regular season for a struggling Boston Bruins team to learn that they would fail to reach the playoffs by two points in an extremely frustrating season. An early summer wake up call hit the Bruins Saturday as they not only lost in the scoreboard watching game (both teams that they needed to lose, won) but their actual game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout. 

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Bruins Wild Card Push

With the Eastern Conference wild card standings being as congested as they are, the Boston Bruins are neck and neck with the surging Ottawa Senators for the eighth and final spot in the 2014-2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins (87 points) have had a series of hot and cold streaks throughout the season that have put them in the unexpected situation that they are in.
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New Year, New Bruins?

After displaying inconsistent (to put it lightly) play through the first 40 games of the 2014-2015, it’s become obvious that Boston Bruins need to make a trade or two. Many fans and analysts have wondered what direction they will go in, either build for the future (2015-2016), or make numerous additions to club to help them spark a second half turn around.
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Front Office Issues in Boston?

Every Bruins fan on the face of the earth remembers the date June 15th, 2011. On this date, the Bruins won game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks to win their first title in 39 years. That championship team was created by GM Peter Chiarelli, and since then he has gotten high praise by Bruins fans, and is regarded as one of the best GM’s in the league. Let’s stop this here and take a look at what Chiarelli has done over the past several years.
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