The Boston Bruins continue to be a constant member of the NHL trade rumor circuit but this time it’s more than a rumor. The NHL Awards took place Monday night and throughout Tuesday, many were left wondering at some of the votes various writers made. The San Jose Sharks have a new coach and did a sleeping giant awake in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final? All that and more in your latest Boston Hockey Now Puck Links.
Canucks And Boston Bruins Talked Trade
As reported here on Monday, the Boston Bruins and Canucks have discussed different trade scenarios. What potential deals were discussed amongst the 2011 Stanley Cup Finalists? That had yet to be confirmed but we gave you some educated guesses.
Could The Boston Bruins Buyout Moore?
The NHL Buyout Period begins on Friday and Luke Fox of Sportsnet made a list of 14 potential buyout candidates this offseason. On that list was Boston Bruins defenseman John Moore. Moore has three years left on his contract that carries an annual salary cap hit of $2.75 million. Could he be an odd-man-out on the Bruins blue line?
Some Interesting Voting For NHL Awards
Tuukka Rask lost out to Connor Hellebucyk for the Vezina Trophy; former UMass-Amherst star Cale Makar win the Calder Trophy; Roman Josi won the Norris and Leon Draisaitl won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in the first-ever virtual NHL Awards Ceremony Monday night. Unfortunately, those players’ accomplishments haven’t been the topic de jour from the Awards though. Instead, it’s how certain non-winners even got a vote for some awards.
One Hart Trophy vote for Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports had everybody scratching their heads and Lavoie explained his vote to Pittsburgh Hockey Now.
Three Boston Bruins Earn All-Star Nods
Boston Bruins forwards David Pastrnak (first team) and Brad Marchand (second team), as well as goalie Tuukka Rask was named to the NHL All-Star teams for the 2019-20 season. Carolyn Mooney has more for BHN.
Makar Gets Calder; MacKinnon Gets Screwed Again
Our friend and colleague Adrian Dater from Colorado Hockey Now explains why Makar rightfully was recognized as the NHL rookie of the year winning the Calder Trophy but wonders why fellow Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon continues to get the shaft from voters?
Bob Boughner Sheds ‘Interim’ Tag, Now Sharks Head Coach
After serving as the interim head coach after the San Jose Sharks fired Pete DeBoer early this past season, Bob Boughner is now the Sharks full-time head coach. Sheng Peng has Sharks General Manager addressing that and the hiring of Rocky Thompson and John Madden as assistant coaches on Boughner’s staff.
Deadline Deals Continue To Help Lightning
Just as it did against the Boston Bruins, the trade deadline work of Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Julien BriseBois continues to shine through in the Stanley Cup Final. They weren’t lighting up the scoresheet but the Lightning line of Barclay Goodrow, Yanni Gourde, and Blake Coleman was a major factor in the Lightning setting the tone in Game 2 and helping the Bolts beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 to even up the series at one. Not to rub salt in the wound of Boston Bruins fans but BriseBois beat out Bruins GM Don Sweeney for Coleman and Goodrow at and prior to the deadline.
A Run To Remember For Islanders And Fans
For the first time in 27 years, the New York Islanders advanced to the Conference Final. The Islanders fell to the Lightning in six games but the pleasantly surprising playoff run has rejuvenated a dormant hockey market. Christian Arnold of NYI Hockey Now has more in his latest edition of the Hockey Night In New York Podcast.