It’s funny how some people rushed to slam Fenway Sports Group for showing interest in purchasing the Pittsburgh Penguins, and crushed John Henry for “a slap in the face” to Boston Bruins fans with the potential business portfolio move.
Do we really think Henry and Co. are going to turn into big spenders owning the Penguins after letting Mookie Betts go because they wouldn’t sign him to a market contract for an MVP-caliber player? Or really make any impact on Boston Bruins fans at all?
The only sizable impact this might have for Boston Bruins fans is if Fenway Sports Group decided to bust up an aging Penguins roster and make players like Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin available in trade talks. In fact, can you imagine a scenario where the Fenway Sports Group throws the Boston Bruins a bone by dealing Sid the Kid to the Black and Gold to shore up Boston’s center depth, and to reunite the Olympic forward line of Marchand, Crosby and Bergeron for actual NHL shifts?
If that’s a slap in the face to Boston Bruins fans, then they would gladly ask for another. Certainly, Brad Marchand would love to play with his workout buddy from the summer when he goes back to Nova Scotia.
It’s easy to jump on Fenway Sports Group and immediately attack them for trying to buy an NHL team that’s a competitor to the Bruins and wonder how their ownership stake of the Penguins would jive with them also owning a NESN station that broadcasts the Boston Bruins games. But is it tangibly going to impact anything Black and Gold when the Boston Bruins franchise was never going to be up for sale even if the Fenway Sports Group was interested?
The answer is “no” and anybody that tells you differently is completely talking out of their hat.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*It’s that time again as we crack open the Hagg Bag mailbag and answer some Boston Bruins questions one month into the season. (Boston Hockey Now)
*The Vegas Golden Knights have claimed center Adam Brooks off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens looking for a little organizational depth. (Vegas Hockey Now)
*What are the three biggest roster needs for the Pittsburgh Penguins? So glad that you asked. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*The Maple Leafs are rolling now with wins in nine of the last 10 games and goaltender Jack Campbell has been a big part of that. (Toronto Hockey Now)
*What a great Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony the other night with longtime Calgary Flame, and onetime Boston Bruins, Jarome Iginla being one of the honored guests along with some of his friends. (Calgary Hockey Now)
*Speaking of Iginla, he is absolutely a Hall of Famer in more ways than one. (Pucks with Haggs)
*Want to become a youth hockey ref and help address the shortage that’s impacting Massachusetts Hockey? Here’s your chance.
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*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman checks in with his 32 thoughts, including declining NHL attendance and the sad, sorry state of the Vancouver Canucks. (Sportsnet)
*For something completely different: Who doesn’t love seeing the original Ghostbusters reuniting for interviews with a new movie coming out? (Nerdist)