The Boston Bruins trade rumors continue to circulate but surprisingly the most-mentioned name on the Bruins the last two days has been 2020 Vezina Trophy finalist Tuukka Rask. BHN examined the Rask trade rumors that came not even a month after GM Don Sweeney said he had “no reservations” that Rask would be back. Rask isn’t the only name circulating though as the ‘silly’ season is in full swing!
The Tampa Bay Lightning are one win away from their first Stanley Cup since 2004 and second in team history and a two-time Stanley Cup champion was left blindsided after being traded this past Thursday. That and more in the latest BHN Puck Links:
Will The Boston Bruins Trade Rask And If So, Where?
After Frank Seravalli reported that many around the NHL feel Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney is ‘quietly’ listening to trade offers for goalie Tuukka Rask, only three weeks after saying he had ‘no reservations’ Rask would be back with the Bruins for the final season of his contract, I played the what-if game and dissected what teams might be the best fit for the embattled netminder. I picked two Stanley Cup contending teams that appear to be an elite goalie away from the Stanley Cup and then chose one that I think makes the most sense in a Bruins trade scenario with Rask.
Will Boston Bruins Sign Bobby Ryan?
The Ottawa Senators bought out the remaining two years on Bobby Ryan’s contract and the 2020 Masterton Trophy winner will now become an unrestricted free agent on October 9. In a season in which he dealt with off-ice issues such as battling alcoholism and came back to play 24 games, Ryan scored five goals and had three assists. Ryan scored at least 30 goals and 57 points in four straight seasons with the Anaheim Ducks from 2008-12, but since 2012 has never scored more than 23 goals or 56 points in seven seasons with the Senators. Will the Boston Bruins look into him as a depth scoring winger?
How Does Petry Signing Affect Boston Bruins?
The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Jeff Petry to a four-extension. The contract carries a $6.25 million cap hit annually. Petry had 11 goals and 29 assists in 71 games this past season and became a huge minutes eater on the Habs blue line during their improbable run to Game 6 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after knocking off the heavily favored Pittsburgh Penguins in the Qualifying round. As pointed out here months ago, one of Petry’s good friends from their days at Michigan State is Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug. Could four more years of Petry in Montreal, Carey Price and a rising young core be enough to lure Krug to the Bell Province in free agency?
Imagine Patrik Laine On The Boston Bruins?
The TSN Insiders confirmed that Winnipeg Jets star winger Patrik Laine is on the trade block. Laine is entering a walk year and carries a $6.7 million cap hit. After three straight 30-goal seasons, Laine had 28 goals and 35 assists in 65 games this past season. With the Boston Bruins looking for scoring help in their top 6 forward group, don’t be surprised if Sweeney checks in with Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to see what it would take to get Laine in Black and Gold.
Hornqvist ‘Blindsided’ By Trade
Pittsburgh Hockey Now has reaction from forward Patric Hornqvist after he was dealt to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Mike Matheson on Thursday. Hornqvist didn’t hold back in a very blunt and honest Zoom session with the media.
Boughner Deserves To Be Sharks Head Coach
Our friend and colleague from San Jose Hockey Now Sheng Peng gives a detailed argument as to why Bob Boughner deserves to be the San Jose Sharks new head coach after being promoted from the interim title.
Former Terrier Comes Up Clutch For Lightning
After scoring an own goal that tied the game at three for the Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning and former Boston University defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the overtime winner to pull the Bolts to within a win from the 2020 Stanley Cup.