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NHL Trade

There was plenty of action on the NHL Trade market at the 2021 NHL Entry Draft this past weekend. There was also plenty of trade discussions that could lead to the consummation of trades in the coming days.

NHL Free agency is set to begin on Wednesday and it appears the Boston Bruins are eyeing defenseman Derek Forbort

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Boston Bruins

Once again, the Bruins are involved in a ton of NHL trade and free agent rumors. Ryan Suter, Keith Yandle, Darcy Kuemper, Braden Holtby. …the list goes on. Will Sweeney finally find that top 4 left-shot defenseman? (BHN)

Speaking of defensemen, he’s not exactly that puck-mover the Bruins are coveting, but if, as Elliotte Friedman believes he will, Sweeney can sign 6-foot-4, 219-pound and 29-year-old rearguard Derek Forbort may get one of the steals of free agency. The Bruins have missed that big, physical minutes eater in the playoffs and as my compadre, Joe Haggerty writes, Forbort checks all those boxes (BHN)

One more Bruins blue line note, Sweeney needs to be careful how much cap space past this season he acquires on the NHL trade and free agent markets because Charlie McAvoy is about to get paid! (BHN)

National Hockey Now

Vancouver Canucks fans! The countdown clock to the newest National Hockey Now and first Canadian website has begun. Who is our beat writer? How does he or she feel about the state of the Canucks? We went vintage with the colors, too: (Vancouver Hockey Now

The Penguins trade hopes, draft recap, and analysis of what the Penguins could do this week did and didn’t do this weekend. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Things may have taken a turn for the worse with the future of Gabriel Landeskog and Philip Grubauer with the Colorado Avalanche. GM Joe Sakic may have hit the “take or leave it” stage. (Colorado Hockey Now)

What the?! Ginger and Mary Ann would be proud. Check out this outfit that Red Wings draft pick Red Savage (son of the NHL’s Mr. October, Brian Savage), wore for his intro press conference. (Detroit Hockey Now)

Get to know the Sharks draft picks. They got some good ones as they’re trying to turn that ship around. (San Jose Hockey Now)

“That’s not exactly the case.” GM Brian McClellan pulled back on NHL trade rumors that the Capitals will trade Evgeny Kuznetsov. But he didn’t squash them either. (Washington Hockey Now)

Uh oh–Philadelphia is remaking itself quickly and they will NOT be easy to play against. Cam Atkinson wore a Gritty T-shirt for his Flyers introduction. (Philly Hockey Now)

Lou Lamoriello is doing everything he can to “bring our people back.” (NYI Hockey Now)

NHL

The Dougie Hamilton to the New Jersey Devils rumors aren’t quite as hot as hell, but they’re scorching for sure right now! (TSN)

With free agency set to take off on Wednesday at noon, here’s a look at the Top 12 UFA’s out there according to Luke Fox. (Sportsnet)

The Bruins once had an interest in winger Jake Virtanen on the NHL Trade market. On Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks placed the 24-year-old winger they selected sixth overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout. Virtanen is facing a sexual assault case from 2017. Let’s hope the Bruins aren’t tone-deaf like the Montreal Canadiens and have lost interest! (ESPN)

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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