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Haggs And Murph: Will The Boston Bruins Write The Next ‘Rebuild Letter’?

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In the second installment of this unnamed podcast/vodcast for Boston Hockey Now, my colleague and I get into the latest info, or lack thereof, with the contract negotiations between the Boston Bruins and restricted free agent Jake DeBrusk

We also tackle what’s becoming a bigger elephant in the room for the Boston Bruins and the main question I’ve been asking Haggs ever since the Chicago Blackhawks notified their fans they’re in a rebuild earlier this week:

When will the Boston Bruins have to write the rebuild letter to their fans?

I believe the combination of the aging core of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Tuukka Rask and even Brad Marchand with the sudden flattened $81.5 million salary cap and the uncertainty of the NHL’s economic climate due to COVID has accelerated the Bruins towards that dreaded moment. Haggs pointed no further than the forgettable 2015 NHL Entry Draft for the Boston Bruins getting closer to putting pen to paper on that bad news. 

“I still think they can build around Bergeron, Marchand, [David Pastrnak and [Charlie McAvoy and use some other younger pieces there but I do think they have to make some hard decisions on some other players and we’ve already seen that with Torey Krug and potentially Zdeno Chara,” Haggerty said. 

“All that is interesting and what kicks you in the Black and Gold crokies Murph, is thinking about the 2015 draft and thinking about ‘what if they had [Thomas] Chabot and what if they had Matt Barzal? What if they had Chabot and what if they had Travis Konecny? What if they had Chabot and what if they had Brock Boeser? What if they had hit on at least two of three of those three picks, in a row? If they had another impact player like that here, I’m not sure we’re even having this conversation!”

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With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Phil

With Carlo and McAvoy on the back end Coyle and Pasta to build around, that is not a bad start at a rebuild. Is Sweeney the guy to do it? Easier said than done but once you have the next goalie and No. 1 centre the whole thing will be turned around quicker than we think.

Rick W Murray

If you’re gonna get that pinhead Sweeney & Mr. (do nothing ever )Neely to rebuild you only have to go back to the 2015 draft. Most gm’s would be fired after that disaster!

Mike S

Debrusk, Carlo, Lauzon in the NHL… Zboril coming this year, Vlader, Senyshen next man up… Let the heads roll!!! sheshh..

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