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Did the Boston Bruins just begin the path to get top unrestricted free agent Mike Hoffman in a Bruins uniform for at least the upcoming NHL season that begins on Jan. 13?

Are the Boston Bruins really the fourth-best team in the NHL as NHL Training camp approaches on January 3?

A former Boston bruins center has found a new home.

That and more in the latest Boston Hockey Now Puck Links!


Good get by friend of Haggs and myself, Ty Anderson realizing that three Boston Bruins rookies have changed their numbers and after he switched to No. 23 this past week, Jack Studnicka’s old number 68 is suddenly available. Well, as Ty pointed out, we know Jaromir Jagr isn’t returning. In fact, the ageless wonder is still playing at age 49 for his Czech team this season. However, a certain Mike Hoffman, who the Boston Bruins have been consistently linked to wears No. 68. Did the rook just give his number up for the big fish left on the NHL Free Agency market? (98.5 The Sports Hub)

I’m of course tongue-in-cheek proposing this idea and if you’re still reading this, then I likely succeeded in getting you to click on the story. For that, I thank you! All kidding aside though, former NHL GM and Discipline Czar, Brian Burke, said recently that Hoffman is looking for 5-7 years on the term. If that’s the case, then that’s why the Boston Bruins or 30 other NHL clubs haven’t signed him yet, even with training camp fastly approaching. Not only would the Boston Bruins have issues with that term but also salary because they still need to free up space and figure out what’s going on with Zdeno Chara. (Hockey Central)

In their first NHL Power Rankings of the season, The Score has the Boston Bruins ranked fourth overall. Not sure yours truly agrees with them being ahead of a Dallas Stars team that made it to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. (The Score)

Former Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg has found another NHL home, signing a 1year, $1 million deal with the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. (

The ever-improving Ottawa Senators added more veteran leadership for their stable of prospects about to enter the show. (Ottawa Sun)

Could the Buffalo Bills somehow help get New York Islanders into the Nassau Coliseum in the old barn’s swang song this season? (NYI Hockey Now)

For our music pick of the day, we figured we’d honor a band this puck scribe is usually watching at The House Of Blues in Boston or back in the day, The Middle East in Cambridge, MA. This is usually the time for the annual throwdown, ‘Deck The Halls’ with Boston’s own, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. For now, this will have to suffice.


With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, 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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Rich W Murray

Unless someone can wake up Sweeney from his fall and winter slumber I’ve lost all hope in any chance the Bruins have to even make the playoffs. They’ve gotten older, they’ve lost Krug one of the best offensive d’s in the league. Take a look at some of the movers and shakers in the league Montreal and To and even Buffalo they’ve been making moves all season. Boston has done nothing as usual. please retire z

Frustrated Bruins fan

Agreed and Hoffman went to St Louis.

Jo Shays

Rich, you said exactly what I have been thinking. Really stupid to allow Torey Krug
to leave. Plus they never even got anything for him. I am disgusted with Sweeney
and Neely. What a mess they have made out of a once-great franchise!!!

Rick W Murray

SWEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNNEEEEEEY!!! Blows it as usual by the time he gets back from vacation everyone ones been taken off the plate

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