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BHN Daily: Boston Bruins Trade Interest In Virtanen Confirmed



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The trade interest in Vancouver Canucks winger Jake Virtanen from the Boston Bruins has been confirmed once again. 

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was cooking dinner in the collective kitchen of New York Rangers’ heads on Wednesday, so he’s allowed to laugh off a brain fart. 

The NHL is going all-in on data, analytics, and video, and Bruins winger Brad Marchand has had enough!

That and more in the BHN Daily:


This past Sunday in ‘Off The Record’, I reported once again that the Boston Bruins have an interest in Jake Virtanen and what it would take to acquire the Canucks winger that has fallen out of the favor of head coach Travis Green. On Wednesday, in his latest ‘31 Thoughts’ column, Sportsnet Insider Elliotte Friedman confirmed the Bruins’ interest in Virtanen but noted he’s not sure if it’s gone beyond just poking around. (Sportsnet)

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask saved the Bruins’ collective hide Wednesday, making 33 saves in a 3-2 overtime win for the Bruins. Rask robbed Rangers shooters of high-grade scoring chances throughout the game and clearly frustrated them. That’s why his teammates and coach weren’t that frustrated with him when he mistakenly went to the bench late in a 2-2 game, thinking his team was trailing 2-1. The ever unflappable Rask was able to laugh off the gaffe. (Boston Hockey Now)

One Rangers player that couldn’t solve Rask Wednesday was Rangers sniper Mika Zibanejad and Larry Brooks is calling on the Rangers star forward to step up his game. (New York Post)

On Wednesday, the NHL announced that it had signed a deal with Amazon Web Services to put all its video and data on the cloud. 

“State-of-the-art technology and services will provide us with capabilities to deliver analytics and insights that highlight the speed and skill of our game,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. 

Well, that may be true but after a third period at Madison Square Garden Wednesday, that got dominated by video reviews, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has had enough of video and analytics. (Boston Hockey Now)

What happened with Vegas Golden Knights winger Tomas Nosek being pulled from a game Tuesday night after testing positive for COVID is sparking plenty of valid questions about the NHL COVID Protocol (ESPN)

As always, new Pittsburgh Penguins President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke is already cranking out zingers since being hired by the Pens on Tuesday. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Our newest member of the National Hockey Now network Ryan Gilbert has a great video breakdown of Carter Hart’s season so far. (Philadelphia Hockey Now)

Another solid piece on the Montreal Canadiens by FOBHN (Friend of Boston Hockey Now), Eric Engels, as he breaks down how the normally run and gun leafs suffocated the Habs Wednesday in a 4-2 win at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (Sportsnet)

Finally for Murph’s Music Pick Of The Day, Happy Birthday to Sheryl Crow! She’s 59 today but not looking a day over 40 and still sounding great!



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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Rick W Murray

Unless it’s a 3rd or 4th rounder and Vancouver takes a portion of his salary leave this one alone. I don’t like what I’ve seen so far from Virt. 1st rounders a good many times don’t make the cut and some can be revived it’s a chance of scenery not too sure about this guy though


I agree with the last comment. DO NOT DO THIS! Media here in Van city are thinking it will come at the cost of losing our Jake. Unless the Bruins can land a second rounder as well (won’t happen), they should not make this deal. Yes, Virtanen may have the tools, but he’s lacking in effort, commitment and hockey sense. I would listen to the argument that the Bruins leadership core is stronger and may eventually reel him in, but he has been an endless headache for the Canucks and their fans since day one. Considering all the top 6… Read more »

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