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Bruins Wrap: Are Bruins Still Duck-Hunting? What About Giroux?

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Hampus Lindholm

Are the Boston Bruins still duck-hunting ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline despite one duck falling off the trade market?

Are the Bruins also in on Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux?

That and all the latest NHL trade rumors in the latest Bruins Wrap:

Boston Bruins

Arguably the top trade target on the NHL trade market and definitely the top target for the Boston Bruins will be out 2-4 weeks with a knee injury per the Arizona Coyotes. Does this mean Jakub Chychrun won’t get traded?

 

 

Just before that news broke, another reported Bruins’ trade target, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. Going the other way was Boston College defenseman Drew Helleson and a 2023 second round pick.

However, as my partner-in-scribe at BHN, Joe Haggerty, pointed out Monday, don’t sleep on the Ducks and Boston Bruins hooking up as trade partners again before the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline. Even with Manson going to the Colorado Avalanche, there’s still some Ducks that could help the Bruins.

If you recall, the Bruins acquired Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase in two separate trades with the Ducks before the 2020 deadline. If the two teams do business again, let’s just hope the trades and the rest of the year work out better than 2020.

Are the Bruins getting more involved in the Claude Giroux trade sweepstakes?

National Hockey Now

NYI: The veteran core of the New York Islanders isn’t rolling over in what is basically a lost season.

Pittsburgh: Are the lineup changes being made by Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan correlating with the team’s plans ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline?

Washington: With center Lars Eller in COVID protocol, how will the Washington Capitals proceed a week out from the NHL Trade Deadline?

Florida: The Florida Panthers are big Buffalos Sabres fans these days.

Detroit: What will Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman do at the NHL Trade Deadline?

Vegas: Will Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley allow general manager Kelly McCrimmon to approach the NHL Trade Deadline on his own?

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It appears that the Montreal Canadiens were close to trading defenseman Ben Chiarot this past weekend. Will the Manson trade affect that?

NHL

With the 2023 NHL Entry Draft projected to be better than the 2022 draft and teams up against the cap, 2023 picks are becoming a hot commodity.

IMHO, the NHL Department of Player Safety got it right with the two-game suspension for Auston Matthews.

Not sure how to really respond to what the Russian Hockey Federation sent to the KHL, who in turn willfully promoted and embraced this Monday, but if you don’t think the Russian Invasion of Ukraine doesn’t affect us and the NHL here in North America, you’re in a state of ignorant bliss.

 

 

Today marks 21 years since I lost my grandfather who introduced me to hockey at 8-years-old by taking me to a Bruins-Habs game at the old Boston Garden. He then proceeded to take me to almost every game there until I was 21. He didn’t re-up for the Fleetcenter. 

“I’m not paying Jacobs that if he can’t pay for one more player to win it all,” I remember him saying.

Every year on 3/14, the sights, the sound, the smell of the old Garden flow through me, and I remember why I became a hockey reporter, because of him. To say, it’s ironic that on this day, I am literally covering both teams at the same time would be an understatement. Somewhere above, he’s having a good laugh. Miss you Pa!

With that, here’s his favorite Pogues tune for your Irish track of the day for him:

 

 

 

 

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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