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Bruins Wrap: Tkachuk Trade Fallout; Bruins Lock Up Studnicka

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The Matthew Tkachuk NHL trade sweepstakes ended fast as the Calgary Flames sent the disgruntled winger to the Florida Panthers in a stunning late night trade Friday.

That, Boston Bruins news, NHL trade and free agent rumors and more in the latest Bruins Daily:

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The Boston Bruins locked up center/wing Jack Studnicka to a two-year contract Saturday.

Classy move by the Jacobs family awarding Jeff Gorton and Nick Bobrov 2011 Stanley Cup rings.

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FLA: The Florida Panthers said they needed some impact changes to their lineup and boy of boy, did they make on on the NHL trade market late Friday night. The Panthers won the Matthew Tkachuk sweepstakes acquiring the rugged and high-scoring winger from the Calgary Flames in exchange for winger Jonathan Huberdeau, defenceman Mackenzie Weegar, 2019 third-round pick Cole Schwindt and a lottery-protected 2025 first-round pick to get the deal done. Panthers general manager Bill Zito then locked up Tkachuk on an eight-year contract that carries a $9.5 million cap hit.

The read here is that for now, both teams win out on this trade but, given that Huberdeau and Weegar are both unrestricted free agents after this coming season, could Flames GM Brad Treliving be in a Johnny Gaudreau situation at the 2023 NHL trade deadline?

NYI: New York Islanders defenceman Robin Salo seems destined to slot in on the team’s third defence pairing.

PGH: The Pittsburgh Penguins paid too much for Kasperi Kapanen and as a result are over the cap. Now Ron Hextall will have to make another cap-cutting move on the NHL trade market.

PHI: Once again, the Philadelphia Flyers missed out on a perfect fit on the wing with Matthew Tkachuk going to the Florida Panthers.

WSH: New Washington Capitals centre Dylan Strome is looking good in Caps gear as he trains for next season.

DET: Detroit Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic has been flying high with the Blue Angels this summer and is hoping to do the same with the Red Wings after a disappointing first season in Motown.

COL: Good luck to one of the good guys in the biz, Kevin McDonald in his new job. After 21 years in the St. Louis Blues organization, most recently as an assistant GM, McDonald will take on the same role for the Colorado Avalanche.

SJS: After acquiring forward Steven Lorentz in the Brent Burns trade on the NHL trade market on July 13, the San Jose Sharks signed him to a two-year contract with a $1.05M AAV Friday.

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MTL: The Pierre-Luc Dubois to Montreal Canadiens NHL trade rumours picked up again on Friday as the Winnipeg Jets centre accepted the Jets’ $6 million qualifying offer.

VAN: The Hockey Canada sex scandal Pandora’s Box just keeps getting worse and worse as another scandal arose on Friday.

CAL: Here’s the Calgary Hockey Now newser on the Matthew Tkachuk trade. Did the Calgary Flames truly pull off the heist most believe they did?

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Former Vancouver Canucks winger Jake Virtanen continues to maintain his stance that he did not sexually assault anyone.
The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed winger Patrik Laine to a four-year contract that carries a $8.7M AAV and cleared cap space by trading forward Oliver Bjorkstrand to the Seattle Kraken on Friday.

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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William Mahoney

Would Johnny Gaudreau make a good trade for the Bruins? Calgary is in the mood to trade and they must have ap-plan for major changes!

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