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Will the Boston Bruins expose forward Trent Frederic in the NHL Expansion Draft on July 21?

Despite inking the 25-year-old forward to a two-year contract with an annual cap value of $1.05 million per season on Friday, the Bruins may choose to expose Frederic to the Seattle Kraken in order to keep fellow 25-year-old forward Nick Ritchie and 24-year-old winger Jake DeBrusk. 

“That wouldn’t surprise me at all now,” a prominent NHL scout told Boston Hockey Now on Saturday. “I don’t know what happened when he came back from COVID but I was stunned they didn’t put the kid in against the Islanders. I figured a young kid like Frederic would be the exact type of spark they could have used. He’s physical, fearless, and energetic. I understand that maybe he’s a little too much of those at times but that could’ve been a game-changer if you ask me.”

This scout wasn’t the only one wondering what happened to Frederic down the stretch run after becoming an instant fan favorite with his high-octane and physical game. He instantly had the collective heart of Boston Bruins fans when he fought arguably the toughest player in the league, Tom Wilson, twice. While he held his own against Wilson, Frederic failed to hold his spot in the lineup after a bout with COVID and a pattern of undisciplined play. 



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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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