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BHN Daily: Top 4 Left-Shot Defensemen A Hot NHL Trade Commodity

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With a banged-up and inexperienced blue line, the Boston Bruins are still scouring the NHL trade market for a top 4 left-shot defenseman but they’re not the only ones. The Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings are reportedly targeting some of the same defensemen the Bruins have on their trade board. 

Meanwhile, that depleted blue line and the rest of the Bruins answered the bell and put a halt to their recent losing streak and hopefully the two-week slump they were in.

With the Columbus Blue Jackets slumping, is John Tortorella worried he’ll end up like Claude Julien

That and more in the BHN Daily:

 

It’s been well documented here and in various other reports that the Boston Bruins would still love to find a Top 4 left-shot defenseman on the NHL Trade market. Back in November, my partner in crime Joe Haggerty reported that Bruins GM Don Sweeney was dangling rookie defenseman and 2017 first round pick Urho Vaakanainen to acquire help on the blue line or a top 6 winger. Well, it appears that Vaakanainen’s recent call-up wasn’t just due to injury. Could the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft be on the move before the April 8 NHL Trade deadline? 

In the latest ‘Off The Record’, I discuss how the Los Angeles Kings could be the Bruins’ stiffest competition when it comes to acquiring that top 4 left-shot defenseman and how Bruins hall of fame goalie Gerry Cheevers nailed it when critiquing the game of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price. (Boston Hockey Now)

As they always seem to do anytime the Bruins train slides off the rails, the Bruins leadership core and best players reeled their team back on track with a textbook bounceback win over the New York Rangers on Sunday. (Boston Hockey Now)

More bad news for Boston Bruins prospect John Beecher. (Boston Hockey Now)

With his team mired in a five-game losing streak, is Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella worried he’ll be joining former Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins head coach on the chopping block? (NHL.com)

Thanks to the hyper-focus by the media on the divisions the team they cover plays in, there’s plenty of great NHL stories going unnoticed this season and one of those is the Hart Trophy-worthy season Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane is having. Kane also hit a major milestone on Sunday night. (NBC Chicago)

Another great hockey story took place at Madison Square Garden after the Bruins beat the Rangers 4-1 as the PWHPA held the first women’s game ever at MSG! (The Athletic)

Speaking of the PWHPA, our own Alex Thomas does a great job covering and promoting Women’s hockey! (Women’s Hockey Tribune)

Shameless plug here but if you want to make some extra flow and like to bet on the NHL, please check out The Ice Guys’ with Ian Cameron, Alex Smith, and me. Every Monday-Friday at 2 PM ET and Saturdays and Sundays at noon, we break down the NHL betting card and lately we’ve been nailing it on our ‘Best Bets’! (The Ice Guys)

National Hockey Now

It’s no secret that Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm is on the NHL trade market and it appears the Philadelphia Flyers and the Preds could be discussing a potential trade that would see Ekholm wind up with the Flyers. (Philly Hockey Now)

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan was not happy after a 2-0 loss to the New York Islanders. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Here’s the San Jose Sharks take on the Jordan Binnington temper tantrum after he was pulled from the game Saturday night. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Former Boston Bruins forward Brett Connolly was put on waivers by the Florida Panthers Sunday and cleared on Monday. (Florida Hockey Now)

It’s officially March and for your Murph’s Music Pick of the Day, it’s all Irish music from now until St. Patrick’s Day! Let’s start the month off with my mates, The Mahones:

 

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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