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NHL Trade

The NHL trade market picked up a bit on Wednesday but don’t expect the first place Boston Bruins to jump into the fray right now.

Why would Bruins GM Don Sweeney do that with the Bruins off to their best start in over 50 years?

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

Boston Bruins

More and more, it appears rumors of a Boston Bruins demise were greatly exaggerated. Despite the fact they’re still missing defenseman Charlie McAvoy and winger Brad Marchand, the Bruins just keep winning and sit atop the NHL standings heading into an Original Six tilt with the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden tonight.

Speaking of Brad Marchand, the Boston Bruins star winger seems to be well ahead of schedule and will likely be returning earlier than the original target date of American Thanksgiving.

Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery was pretty impressed with the performance of defenseman Brandon Carlo on Tuesday in his first game back from a four-game absence with a concussion.

National Hockey Now

NYI: The New York Islanders waived 2016 19th overall pick and former Boston University forward Kieffer Bellows on Wednesday. Is he worth a flier for the Boston Bruins? The 24-year-old son of former NHL star Brian Bellows is on a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

PGH: Did overconfidence lead to a two-game losing streak for the Pittsburgh Penguins?

PHI: The Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks hooked up on the NHL trade market on Wednesday. The Flyers acquired minor-league forward Evan Barrett from Chicago for Cooper Zech, a defenseman with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

WSH: Per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Washington Capitals have expressed interest in Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ethan Bear on the NHL trade market.

DET: The Boston Bruins will be playing a ticked off Detroit Red Wings squad tonight with the Wings coming off a 6-2 drubbing to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

DAL: More and more, it appears that rookie Dallas Stars forward Wyatt Johnston, who scored the lone goal for the Stars in the 3-1 loss to the Bruins on Tuesday, will remain in the NHL.

VGK: While the Boston Bruins are off to the best start in the NHL, their former head coach Bruce Cassidy has the Vegas Golden Knights right behind them. Raise your hand if you had Montgomery and Cassidy with the best October records on your NHL bingo card! No? No one?

SJS: What’s preventing the San Jose Sharks from calling up their top prospects with veterans struggling at the NHL level?

Canada Hockey Now

MTL: The Montreal Canadiens also hooked up with the Chicago Blackhawks on the NHL trade market on Wednesday. Will they get active on the waiver wire before the noon deadline and claim Bellows?

CGY: Six games into the 2022-23 season and Jonathan Huberdeau finally has his first goal for the Calgary Flames.


Here’s hoping former Boston Bruins head coach Rick Bowness recovers soon from a nasty bout with COVID.


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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Rick W Murray

I still think the bruins need to add some pieces, in order to advance past the first round. But why upset the applecart for now. Keep in m8nd they still haven’t met the good teams Canes, Calgary etc.

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