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The Boston Bruins continue to leave no stone unturned when it comes to their search for a left shot veteran defenseman not named Zdeno Chara.

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The Boston Bruins have chosen their words carefully when it comes to the delicate contract situation with their longtime captain Zdeno Chara but they also haven’t been shy about the fact they’re in hot pursuit of a left-shot defenseman. My partner in crime at BHN, Joe Haggerty, reported Monday that the Bruins were taking a long look at UFA defenseman Ben Hutton. More on that and two other free agent targets that the Bruins are looking at for left-side depth. (Boston Hockey Now

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According to multiple sources, Mike Hoffman has a handshake deal with the St. Louis Blues waiting for him at the end of his PTO. Also, why are some NHL GM’s crying foul on Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong and Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Julien BriseBois? (Boston Hockey Now)

This is not going to sit well with Boston Bruins fans, but the Montreal Canadiens are Stanley Cup contenders again and players are signing there because they believe Carey Price and the Habs can finally win that elusive Stanley Cup. Friend of BHN, Eric Engels, has more. (Sportsnet)

Given their weak goaltending and suspect defense, I’m not sure the Buffalo Sabres are playoff contenders in a stacked East Division but they will be ‘hungrier’. (National Post)

After finding out they will be without their best young player and center Kirby Dach on Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks got more bad news on Tuesday as they announced that Jonathan Toews is out indefinitely with an illness. (Blackhawks.com)

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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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Mark Lightfoot

Hey jimmy….a few crazy thoughts on the Bruins….I am actually for the youth movement on defence…we need to see what we have in zoboril and Val (especially zoboril)…also are we allowed to protect these guys in the expansion draft because of their age and nhl exposure? Could chats remain unsigned and come on at the trade deadline for a playoff push at a pro rated contract? Also (I know…lots of questions)…couldn’t we give seneshyn a shot on the 4th line ( to me he seems a younger version of Danny Paille and he was great for us in that role)…also… Read more »

Dolphi

Anything else?

[…] Bruins might have their eyes on veteran left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that the team has been linked “with interest” to Hutton and me able to get him at a […]

[…] Bruins might have their eyes on veteran left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that the team has been linked “with interest” to Hutton and me able to get him at a […]

[…] Bruins might have their eyes on veteran left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that the team has been linked “with interest” to Hutton and me able to get him at a […]

[…] Bruins might have their eyes on veteran left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that the team has been linked “with interest” to Hutton and me able to get him at a […]

[…] Bruins might have their eyes on veteran left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that the team has been linked “with interest” to Hutton and me able to get him […]

[…] Bruins might have their eyes on veteran left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that the team has been linked “with interest” to Hutton and me able to get him at a […]

[…] Bruins might have their eyes on veteran left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that the team has been linked “with interest” to Hutton and me able to get him […]

MikeS

“They also haven’t been shy about the fact they’re in hot pursuit of a left-shot defenseman”… Your article only refers to Haggerty mentioning about Ben Hutton. There is no other source confirming reports of this… And odd how you don’t mention Sami Vatanen, even though his picture is front and center.

MikeS

Not sure what to tell you, the third paragraph in this reads.

Don’t look now Boston Bruins fans but the Montreal Canadiens will enter the season as arguably the most improved and balanced team in the NHL”.

MikeS

Also no comment about your “source”?

[…] Bruins might have their eyes on veteran left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that the team has been linked “with interest” to Hutton and me able to get him […]

[…] Bruins might have their eyes on veteran left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that the team has been linked “with interest” to Hutton and me able to get him at […]

[…] Bruins might have their eyes on veteran left-shot defenseman Ben Hutton. Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now notes that the team has been linked “with interest” to Hutton and me able to get him […]

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