The Keith Yandle to the Boston Bruins NHL trade rumors won’t go away but do the Bruins really want Yandle right now?
Speaking of the Boston Bruins, they take to the TD Garden ice tonight for the first time since March 7, 2020. Unfortunately, fans won’t be allowed to attend due to COVID restrictions but if they could, Tuukka Rask would’ve loved to prove the haters in the building wrong!
Is David Pastrnak getting closer to a return?
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One of the worst kept secrets in the NHL is that the Boston Bruins are always keeping a close eye on the NHL Trade market for secondary scoring. However, does that scoring depth have to be for the top-six forward group? Former NHL goaltender and current NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes joined my partner in crime Joe Haggerty and me on the latest BHN Podcast. ‘Weekesie’ gave us his take on why he thinks the hottest name on the NHL Trade market for the past week is a perfect fit for the Boston Bruins. (Boston Hockey Now)
TSN and NBC Insider and friend of BHN Darren Dreger dove more into Keith Yandle’s current status with the Florida Panthers, calling it ‘curious’. That’s an understatement! ‘Dregs’ also touched on the bogus Aleksander Barkov NHL Trade rumors. (NBC Sports)
Finally, one more note on Yandle. As it was opined here last week, while NHL sources have told BHN numerous times since last Thursday that Yandle let it be known to Panthers GM Bill Zito he’d waive his no-movement and no-trade clauses to be dealt to his hometown team and play for the Boston Bruins, this just doesn’t seem to fit the path the Bruins have set forth on this season. Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman concurred in his latest ‘31 Thoughts’. (Sportsnet)
The Boston Bruins will play their 2021 home opener in front of an empty TD Garden tonight. It will be just one of the many strange experiences the Bruins and all NHL players have gone through and are going through in the COVID world. There’s still a game to play though and here’s your BHN Gameday Preview for the first of a two-game set with the Philadelphia Flyers. (Boston Hockey Now)
Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for his third start tonight and if his first two starts are any indication, you can expect a ‘dialed in’ Rask that teammate Matt Grzelcyk believes is out to silence the haters this season. (Boston Hockey Now)
Unfortunately, Rask can’t do everything for the Bruins and someone is going to have to pot an even-strength goal soon, but when can we expect David Pastrnak to come to the rescue? (Boston Hockey Now)
COVIDIOT Alert! Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and starting goalie Ilya Samsonov decided it would be a bright idea to break NHL COVID Protocol and hang out together, not social distancing in a hotel room. Now their team will pay on and off the ice. (ESPN)
Maybe Capitals management should reach out to Minnesota Wild GM Billy Guerin and his staff to find out how to get their players to buy into COVID Protocol? (Star Tribune)
Everyone knew that the condensed 56-game NHL schedule, with plenty of back-to-backs and playing the same teams a minimum of eight times each could lead to emotions heating up and hopefully rivalries. Well, it appears the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks have already reached that point! Sharks forward Evander Kane went on a mission to stir things up in a 2-1 Sharks shootout win over the Blues Wednesday. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Oh, by the way, The Boys Are Back!