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Bruins Wrap: Bruins Hire Montgomery; NHL Draft And Trade Rumors



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The Boston Bruins have a new head coach and he’s a good one!

That, more Boston Bruins news, NHL trade rumors and NHL draft news in the BHN Bruins Daily:

Montreal Canadiens

With just under a week to go, the Boston Bruins officially hired Montreal native Jim Montgomery as their 29th head coach in franchise history.

I have to agree with my BHN partner-in-scribe Joe Haggerty here, Don Sweeney made the right choice with Jim Montgomery.

National Hockey Now

NYI: After being selected 152nd overall at the 2020 NHL Draft, New York Islanders prospect William Dufour has scripted quite a success story and he’s not even in the NHL yet.

PGH: The Pittsburgh Penguins will retain assistant coach Mike Vellucci after he lost out on the Bruins coaching sweepstakes but they lost their Director of Pro Scouting Ryan Bowness to the Ottawa Senators as Bowness was hired as the Senators new assistant general manager.

PHI: New Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella is searching for a home in a rural area outside of Philadelphia.

FLA: Who forgot Markus Nutivaara was on the Florida Panthers? I did.

DET: One of my favourite NHLers is calling it a career. Thanks for the hockey magic and memories Pavel Datsyuk.



COL: Denver police didn’t know who Colorado Avalanche defenceman Bo Byram was and almost threw him out of the Avalanche Stanley Cup parade Thursday.

VGK: Should the Vegas Golden Knights show more patience like the Avalanche did?

SJS: In a stunning move, the San Jose Sharks fired head coach Bob Boughner late Thursday night. The Sharks are in the process of hiring a new general manager so there’s a chance their new GM may have made such a move early in the season  but still, with a wide open coaching market for the last two months, kind of a classless move buy a normally classy organization.

National Hockey Now

Are Kent Hughes and the Montreal Canadiens playing mind games with the New Jersey Devils or are they really undecided on who to take first overall at the 2022 NHL Draft next Thursday?


The Tampa Bay Lightning are closing in on a new contract for forward Nick Paul.
Jesse Puljujärvi wants out again and there’s a good chance the Edmonton Oilers will trade him before or at the NHL Draft.
Finally, Happy Canada Day!

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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Scotty Bowman couldn’t coach this group to a Stanley Cup. There was no reason to fire Cassidy. If young players can’t handle being yelled at by their coach, they’re not tough enough to play hockey at any level. After more than 52 years of watching this team, I’m seriously considering not watching anymore. The entire organization is a joke. Neely and Sweeney need to go and they can take the entire scouting staff with them.

Rick W Murray

yay!? A puppet for Team’s gruesome twosome.

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