Boston Bruins Earn B- On Deadline Deals

A few trades by the Boston Bruins today underwhelmed most B's fans today.

A few trades by the Boston Bruins today underwhelmed most B’s fans today.

By Eric Converse

Deals Today:

RW Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning for 2015 and 2016 2nd round draft picks.

Forward Maxime Talbot and AHL forward Paul Carey from the Colorado Avalanche for Jordan Caron and 2016 6th round pick.

Minor League Deal: C Zack Phillips of the Minnesota for Jared Knight.

With Boston Bruins ownership making public statements that changes could be coming to the front office if they miss the playoffs, the pressure was on GM Peter Chiarelli to make deals to plug up gaps on the right wing, defense, and possibly trade an under-performing core piece for a new top 6 forward.

What the Bruins ended up getting today was quite short of shoring up the many issues with the team. There was no major deal that significantly upgrades the Bruins in to a contender. None of these names wow the casual hockey fan or even the hardcore fan. It is pretty clear the Bruins brass are seeing this more as a bridge year at this point and that they will just see if they can make the playoffs and go for an unexpected run.

I argued that the Bruins should consider trading one top six core forward for another to shake up the general malaise that has set in on these players, but it appears that a deal of that kind was not available today. No teams traded franchise pieces, which has become a rarity in the cap era. Upcoming UFA rental players were available, but that is a huge risk and puts emphasis on winning now with long term consequences. That kind of trade is more beneficial if your team is looking for 1 missing piece to put them over the top. The Bruins are not that kind of team this year. Bigger trades will likely come this summer and maybe Chiarelli, based off of some of the work he did today, is given the chance to dig himself out of the spot he’s put himself and the organization in.

Brett Connolly instantly adds necessary depth to the right wing, with potential for more. His upside will be key to this deal being considered successful. Due to the significant amount of RW depth on the Lightning, Connolly was only earning 3rd line minutes.

Many scouts projected him to be a top 6 forward and it is expected that the Bruins will treat him as such, to give him a chance to produce the way he is projected to. He’s sizable and does add much needed speed. It’ll be interesting to see how they fit him in to the line up right now, especially with Krejci out injured and the Spooner line clicking so well. Maybe Connelly will fill the RW slot for Bergeron and Marchand.

Adding Talbot adds experience and more Stanley Cup pedigree to the 4th line. It helps that Colorado is keeping some of his salary to limit his cap hit. He is showing signs of aging and hopefully joining a more defensively oriented team like Boston will fit his skill set more than the speedy Avalanche.

On a side note, the addition durable Zack Phillips over the often injured Jared Knight will be a solid addition to Providence. Boston native Paul Carey is reportedly a versatile forward who will also contribute to Providence. Each have future 3rd line potential or an offensively oriented 4th line if the Bruins ever go in that direction.

On the negative side, it is unfortunate that the Bruins lost players like Matt Fraser and Craig Cunningham to fill the 4th line spots at a low cost. Chiarelli has mismanaged some of these younger borderline players who signed one way contracts. More two-way contracts should be considered for these kinds of players so they are not lost through waivers for little to no compensation.

Chiarelli made a vote of confidence of his current defense core during today’s press conference, while also acknowledging that the Miller injury makes them weaker this spring. He also insinuated that he did shop for a defenseman, but did not see an available that both fit the Bruins and be here long term. He may not be wrong, but it is disappointing that another experienced D-man could not be added to the team. Bartkowski playing many minutes down this stretch to stay in the playoffs is concerning.

Lastly, Chiarelli continues to blame the cap issues for the situation they are in, saying how much it limits what he can do. Those cap issues stem from his own contracts his gave to the core of players here. His drafting has also been a C to C- at best. He builds a Bruins team built on size and defense and has often drafted smaller skillful forwards that do not end up being a fit in Boston.

If the Bruins miss the playoffs, there is a good chance that Chiarelli is fired by Charlie Jacobs, who seems eager to make his opinion known about the team and is likely itching to put his fingerprints on the team after replacing his father Jeremy Jacobs. Chiarelli put on the appearance that he is unfazed by this pressure, which very well could be true. The worst thing that could have happened is that he made a bunch of trades simply for change to protect his job, which very well could set the Bruins back even more than what they experienced this season.

Hopefully these minor moves today are the first of a makeover for the Bruins that will be further built on with summer trades and free agency signings.

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Fresh Faces Spark Boston Bruins

By Eric Converse

Following the embarrassing losses to the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, and Edmonton Oilers, the Boston Bruins called up Brian Ferlin and much maligned ‘prospect’ Jordan Caron to change up the 4th line. Following a run where Dan Paille had 1 goal in about 57 games and Craig Cunningham could best be described as adequate on the right wing. Change was needed to spark the 4th line, among other aspects of the team during their awful losing streak. The 4th line was lackluster for much of the regular season, providing little energy compared to the trio when it had Shawn Thornton.

Although the B’s lost to the St. Louis Blues with a pretty commanding 5-1 goal differential, a significant factor in that score line was the fact that goalie prospect Malcolm Subban was not ready to face that caliber of a team, yet. The Bruins only allowed 15 shots against for the entire game. If a fresh Rask was in goal that night, it could have easily been a much better outcome for Boston, but that was not an option that night.

Following David Krejci’s partially torn MCL injury during the Blues game, Ryan Spooner was called up and placed on a new look 2nd line centering Milan Lucic and David Pastrnak.

Heading into Chicago, confidence was, understandably, not very high amongst most chatter online and in conversations with other Bruins fans. Then the B’s put on a very dominant performance against the Chicago Blackhawks. The hawks have had their struggles this season as well, but not to the same extent as the Bruins.

The Bergeron line had a brilliant performance yesterday. Bergy was an offensive threat every time he was on the ice. Smith had a slick first assist on the opening goal and a snipe to pile on the lead later in the game. Marchand complimented them as well. The D core showed up, with the youngsters Hamilton and Krug getting in on the offensive. Rask was brilliant as well, making numerous key stops early in the game when Chicago was surging. Yes, he made the mental mistake playing the puck outside the trapezoid and he lost his cool following the 1st goal. He’s carrying the team on his back and has played A LOT of games. So no complaints from me.

What impressed me most about this game was the strong performance of the new look 4th line and the “Spooner” line.

Early in the game, Ferlin established himself utilizing his size and skating speed making safe plays, sustaining some offensive zone time. Even Caron played hard on the puck and just played fundamental hockey. These two players seemed to ignite Greg Campbell, who is a legend for his broken leg play, but has struggled for long stretches over the last year.

Their performances is best highlighted by their goal finished by Campbell in the high slot. Ferlin did a lot of the hard work below the goal line, keeping possession with some assistance from Caron. Caron then fought for position in the slot creating chaos there just as Campbell scored the goal.

Their play throughout the day helped create and sustain momentum for the rest of the team, exactly what a Claude Julien 4th line is asked to do.

Ryan Spooner returned to Boston centering a pretty solid 2nd line versus Chicago this weekend. (Photo credit: Meowwcat)

Ryan Spooner returned to Boston centering a pretty solid 2nd line versus Chicago this weekend. (Photo credit: Meowwcat)

The Spooner line took a bit of time to gain its footing, especially in the defensive end. There were some significant gaps in coverage highlighted by the wide open shot by Kane at the left circle, which Rask robbed him on. As the period wore on, their overall play improved and culminated in a superb goal by Milan Lucic.

Lucic was able to simplify his game, use his size to make space, protect his smaller line-mates and let Spooner and Pastrnak’s speed and creativity create chances. There were some turnovers by this line, but there were also a lot of great plays. Spooner needs to play at this level to learn how to play against these kinds of forwards defensively and even offensively.

With Krejci out for 4 to 6 weeks now, this will force Julien to give Spooner top 6 minutes for a sigifnicant amount of time. Generally he’s been relegated to 3rd line duties with less ice time. Spooner seems to operate better with regular shifts down in Providence as a line 1 forward, maybe it will translate to the NHL.

It was only one game.

The new look fourth line arguably played 2 good games, but the point still stands. This is obviously a very small sample size. Still, brings a couple of focus points moving forward.

Many wonder why Julien is so insistent on keeping his lines rigid, especially when they are under-performing. Many wondered why Chiarelli did not completely rebuild the 4th line going into this season. Giving young hungry players at shot at the NHL on the fourth line is a REALLY good source of energy for a team that has more than it’s fair share of lulls in play.

If this 4th line continues to perform and Ferlin appears to be the real deal, where does that leave Paille on this team? Does he become trade bait to enhance a deal or does he not have enough value? Paille could be a better fit with the skillful Soderberg on the 3rd line if he can’t be traded and possibly rediscover a bit of his scoring touch he had with Buffalo. Not very likely though.

Caron’s skill set makes him a good choice for the fourth line. It is clearly a better fit for him over playing on the third line. Still, history is against Caron for sustaining a solid level of play. If his play drops off, the B’s may consider demoting him to Providence and simply switch Ferlin to the right wing to give Paille his left side back.

As for Spooner, maybe this is the start of a new era in his relationship with Julien. With few other options, Julien and his staff will be forced to deal with the growing pains of a skilled forward learning NHL level defensive coverage and likely be rewarded with some decent offensive production.

If he falters, the answer is pretty easy for the Bruins. When Krejci returns, Spooner will get sent back down. If he puts up strong numbers over the next week, the B’s have a decision to make. Do you keep him for the rest of the year due to the Krejci injury or do you try to trade him for another piece that will fit in to the team when Krejci returns?

The Bruins options will be clearer by the end of this week.

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Bruins losing streak hits six games, Krejci leaves game due to injury

Originally posted on ProHockeyTalk:

Things are going from bad to worse for the Boston Bruins. They lost big in St. Louis on Friday, and that isn’t just reserved to the scoreboard.

Forward David Krejci left the game early in the second period and did not return due to an undisclosed injury. And while the Bruins allowed only 15 shots on goal, they lost by a final score of 5-1 after a disastrous second period.

“Don’t know quite the severity of it so we’ll have to see here,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, as per the club’s Twitter account.

Malcolm…

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Tough Trade Decisions For Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli soon needs to demonstrate how his ability to make trades is mightier than a Milan Lucic fight to spark this team moving forward.

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli soon needs to demonstrate how his ability to make trades is mightier than a Milan Lucic fight to spark this team moving forward.

By Eric Converse

Since my last post, the Boston Bruins went from being considered a team only a player or two back from being a true cup contender, to a team on the verge of missing the playoffs and experiencing significant front office alterations. Their most recent stretch of losses in February leaves the B’s in the last wild card spot for the playoffs, with the up-trending Florida Panthers only a couple points behind them. Their embarrassing regular season sweep at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens exacerbates fans feelings toward the team as they can’t even say, “We at least beat the Habs.” With Bruins at their lowest point as an organization since 2006-07, the last season they missed the playoffs, what can they do to avoid a complete meltdown?

A number of the B’s core forwards are under-performing. Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand are both below their normal pace of points and have been invisible on many nights. David Krejci is far off pace, in large part to his lack of a consistent right winger, which everyone knew going in to this season would be an issue. On the other hand, elite players are expected to make the players around them better, so some of the onus falls on Krejci to set up whomever he is paired with.

Some of the B’s complimentary forwards are struggling as well. Loui Eriksson continues to produce about half the amount of points that he scored with Dallas, likely a product of playing under the “Julien system.” Reilly Smith’s issues of inconsistencies that plagued him with the Dallas Stars (and consequently kept him in the minors for the majority of his time with their organization) is rearing it’s ugly head in his sophomore season with Boston. Chris Kelly is playing better than last year, but has not provided the same kind of production he did in 2011 and 2012. The fourth line has provided very little to the team this year, outside of occasional “energy shifts.”

This perfect storm has sagged the B’s to the bottom third in the league in goal scoring.

 

There continue to be looming questions about whether Zdeno Chara has enough left in the tank to lead the Bruins on more playoff runs. (Photo by Dave Kaylor)

There continue to be looming questions about whether Zdeno Chara has enough left in the tank to lead the Bruins on more playoff runs. (Photo by Dave Kaylor)

The B’s defense core is in a state of transition, as Zdeno Chara is starting to show his age, demonstrating an even worse lack of mobility than before. Dougie Hamilton is experiencing growing pains this year as he struggles against some of the top lines. Adam McQuaid has had a below average season. Matt Bartkowski has provided close to nothing of substantial production this year. Krug and Miller have arguably had the best seasons in terms of what are expected from them.

With all of this in mind, a few alterations can be made to this group to possibly spark the team this season and position it for further changes this summer. Keep in mind a no trade clause can be dismissed if a proposed trade is discussed with a player. Chiarelli should strongly consider these options:

First off, the B’s should trade either Lucic or Marchand. Moving one of these two players will shake up the established core in the top 2 forward lines, while not creating too much change all at once. Moving one of these guys creates some cap space depending on what they get in return.

Personally, I think moving Lucic would be the better move at this time. Trading him would eliminate his hefty $6 million cap hit and remove one of the slower skaters on a team lacking speed. Obviously, the B’s would need a willing trade partner and fans who dislike Lucic say he’s basically become “untradeable” due to his contract. Some NHL insiders insist that numerous GMs would want him on their team. There may be more willing trade partners for Marchand right now and there have been rumors that the B’s have been looking to trade him for some time.

Second, the Bruins should trade Eriksson or Kelly if there is a willing trade partner. Eriksson’s drop in production since coming to Boston is not worth his price tag. Whether it is due to his concussion last season or that he is just not a good fit in the Julien defensive system, it just has not been working. Removing his salary will again open space for resigning Soderberg, Hamilton, Krug, and any new players they’ve traded for. Kelly’s actually had a decent season so far, much improved over last year, but his production is still far lower than what he provided to the team in 2011 and 2012 at center.

For this season, either trade would have about the same impact on the team as Eriksson and Kelly have both provided about the same amount of points and contributions defensively. However, removing Loui’s heavier contract would open up more options for the Bruins this offseason.

Third, the Bruins should consider trading Ryan Spooner as a secondary piece in a package deal to get more in return on a trade. His development is seemingly at a standstill in Providence. He is disliked by Julien for his defensive weaknesses and because of that, may never get a true shot at the NHL with the Bruins. Spooner has value to other more offensively oriented organizations and it would be benefit both him and the team to move him for a player is simply a better fit to Boston.

Lastly, the Bruins are rumored to be shopping Seidenberg. Unfortunately this may be the Bruins only option, along with maybe trading McQuaid for another defensive defensemen. I personally feel the team would be better off trading the now 37 year old Chara. Stastically speaking, Seidenberg has provided the same amount of points and has a much higher individual corsi rating (+/- rating for shots directed towards the net and shot blocks) for half the price as Chara. Seidenberg is also only 33 and will be able to provide more years to the team. Chara may be a workout freak, but it has not translated to on ice the last 2 years. It’ll be important to keep a veteran presence on this younger D core, so the team should only trade one of them.

It’s important that the Bruins keep their depth at Center with Krejci, Bergeron, and Soderberg pivoting their top three lines respectively. Providing them the right wingers is the key to these trades for forwards. This strength in the middle, with a younger, more mobile D core will be important to the team’s success over the next 5 years.

There have been no trades yet, despite the growing pressure from fans, ownership, and speculation from the media. The trade deadline is Wednesday, March 2nd at 3:00 p.m. ET. No move whatsoever will likely lead to Chiarelli being fired. Too many trades at the deadline could send the organization in to a tailspin to rebuilding. Chiarelli will have to do just enough to get the spark this team needs for this season and the future.

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Boston Bruins Depth Success

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By Eric Converse

The first month of this season for the Boston Bruins has been a roller coaster for the players and it’s fans. Between multiple injuries, chronic changes to the line up, inconsistent performances in the first few weeks of October, and general discontent among a good portion of the fan base regarding the Johnny Boychuk trade, many fans were/are very concerned about the direction of the organization.

Opening night against the Philadelphia Flyers was an unconvincing 2 to 1 win, marred by an inconsistent transition game and generally loose play. It was opening night, so I personally gave them a pass. It was the first game of REAL hockey and the team was still adjusting to the recent trade to Johnny Boychuk and the sudden injury to David Krejci. The three games that followed, especially that 4-0 drubbing to the Washington Capitals, shook up a portion of the fanbase and shook up the roster.

Providence Bruins regulars Craig Cunningham and enforcer Bobby Robins were sent back down to the AHL due to the team’s slow start and the return of Gregory Campbell. As a fan of the Bobby Robins story and his blog, I was VERY excited to see him reach the NHL after all these years. Unfortunately he was a victim of both the slow start by the team as a whole and the growing trend around the league to put out a more skilled 4th line. The signing and placement of the aging Simon Gagne on the 4th line is an example of this trend.

Frustration is likely growing with the organization with Ryan Spooner being sent down to Providence again not even a full month in to the season. Coach Claude Julien continues to be unimpressed with Spooner’s defensive inconsistencies. He arguably could be better if he was placed at center on a consistent basis rather than being pushed to the wing, but that would just further expose his current defensive issues. For him to stick with Boston, it would help if he bulks up another 20 or so pounds to better handle the physicality of the NHL and the Bruins style of play.

The B’s play became more consistent with the return of David Krejci and Gregory Campbell, who of course provide the strong core down the middle and further stability to the make up of the 1st and 3rd lines. Now if being healthy was the only thing on the roster providing the team success in later October, The Bruins would not be on the current streak they are on now.

With the long term injury to Zdeno Chara and the recent injuries to Kevan Miller and Torey Krug, the defense core has become further exposed during a time they were trying to re-define themselves without Boychuk. Ironically, just before the season started, my last post discussed the significant depth the Bruins have at the defense position. Some disagreed, stating that having numerous borderline NHL players in Providence does not constitute having true depth.

Providence Bruins regulars Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky, and Joe Morrow have gone a long way in proving that they are competent NHL defensemen. Trotman and Morrow have been steady, generally making the critical first pass out of the defensive zone, along with Warsofsky exhibiting his Krug-esque foot speed. All of them are not without their rookie mistakes, but have demonstrated their ability to be on NHL rosters for a lot of other organizations without as much depth as the Bruins.

Myself and NESN Bruins color commentator Andy Brickley. (Courtesy of Abigail Hess)

Myself and NESN Bruins color commentator Andy Brickley. (Courtesy of Abigail Hess)

 

Of course, as mentioned during tonight’s broadcast by NESN color commentator Andy Brickley, a factor in the Bruins continued success is the structure provided by Claude Julien’s system. The Edmonton Oilers are the perfect antithesis to the Bruins, as their team has gone on a 4 game losing streak with the recent injuries to forward Taylor Hall and defenseman Andrew Ference. With less structure, more emphasis is placed on individual players to create and develop chemistry with line-mates, so changes to the line up creates havoc.

So, despite the bit of panic that went through Boston in the first few weeks of the season, the Bruins just wrapped up their 4th straight victory tonight defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5 to 2, placing them one point behind first place in the entire eastern conference. Phew!

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Former Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. (Courtesy of Michael Miller.)

Former Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. (Courtesy of Michael Miller.)

Boston Bruins Defensive Depth

Warm ups at the Boston Bruins Black and Gold intra-squad game in Providence, R.I. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. (via Eric Converse)

Warm ups at the Boston Bruins Black and Gold intra-squad game in Providence, R.I. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. (via Eric Converse)

By Eric Converse

With a few exhibition games already under our belts and the first round of roster cuts announced from Boston Bruins General Manager Peter (Chi-Chi-Chi) Chiarelli, now is a good time than ever to review what’s been going on.

Training camp started off with relatively few surprises and nothing was significantly remarkable to me until the unfortunate injury to coveted first round pick David Pastrnak, on a hit by defenseman Matt Bartkowski. Hardcore Bruins fans were so close to seeing Pastrnak debut in a Bruins jersey in the Black and Gold game in Providence, Rhode Island, but alas it was not meant to be.

As suggested by Bleacher Report columnist Al Daniel, the Pastrnak injury demonstrates that he’s not physically ready for the NHL. Everyone knew this, deep down in their hockey loving hearts, but he still came in to the training camp as the possible wild card that could surprise everyone by making the team as the young phenom to inject some life in to a roster that feels like a step back from last season.

With Pastrnak gone, fans (and most likely the management team) were forced to focus more of their attention on more realistic short term solutions for this season.

Defense

So far, potential Torey Krug replacement David Warsofky looks very comfortable moving the puck out of his own zone, utilizing both his hands for the quick pass, or carrying the puck out with his speed. Although he has these Krug-like attributes, he has not been nearly as visible in the offensive zone. He moves the puck well, but has less threatening shot. He continues to improve his game with each passing season, cutting down on turnovers. Warsofsky would benefit from one or possibly two more seasons in the minors to round out his game before attempting to take on a full time NHL role.

Defenseman Zach Trotman looks excellent so far in camp. He’s had some concussion issues in the past, but they appear to be behind him. He’s added to his already steady stay at home style, to include a more physical approach, and displayed a more powerful and accurate shot than previous seasons during the Bruins-Capitals exhibition game. He certainly appears to be coming in to his own and could make more spot starts in Boston this year. If he continues on his current path, he could be an NHL regular in no time.

It's interesting to watch players like Bergeron and Krejci faceoff against eachother or Bergeron skate against Chara in the intra-squad game. (Via Ed Derouin)

It’s interesting to watch players like Bergeron and Krejci faceoff against eachother or Bergeron skate against Chara in the intra-squad game. (Via Ed Derouin)

Adam McQuaid showed some rust in the intra-squad game, mis-firing passes and mis-judging the speed transition plays in the neutral zone getting beat at his own blue line. With each subsequent game, he’s appeared more comfortable and ready to be 100% by the season opener. Dennis Seidenberg jumped right back in with far fewer visible rust issues. Both will be vital to the D core this year. Dougie Hamilton continues to progress and incorporate more of a physical aspect to his game.

Until the aggressive 3rd period goal against the Capitals on Wednesday night, Zdeno Chara appeared average (for Chara), maybe even lethargic at times. This could be a good thing, as the on-going theme for Mr. Chara this season is limiting his minutes, and putting him in a position to succeed in April, May, and June 2015. Let’s not start the season full guns a-blazing Chara style and burn out by the time games get important.

Johnny Boychuk has entered camp in top form and was firing on all cylinders in the intra-squad game. He’s been under the microscope of the media for much of the summer as rumors continue to permeate about him potentially being traded to make cap space to sign Krug and Smith.

According to Facebook Bruins Insider “Bruins Quebec”, defenseman Joe Morrow, a strong regular in Providence, was kicked out of practice early on the 23rd, and that Julien later commented: “I just got tired of looking at him.” His dip in form is surprising as he is a valued prospect and top end defensive prospect in Providence. One has to wonder if his issues during this camp stem from the fact that he knows that the Boston defense core is significantly deep. Breen, Arnesson, and Casto will be playing in Providence this season after getting a bit more of a look by the Bruins brass. Breen, with his size, will be fun to watch in Providence this season.

The ConverseHockey Bruins Defensemen Depth Chart!! (It’s actually more like a list)

1.) 33 ZDENO CHARA “C” 6′ 9″
2.) 44 DENNIS SEIDENBERG 6′ 1″ 210
3.) 55 JOHNNY BOYCHUK 6′ 2″ 225
4.) 27 DOUGIE HAMILTON 6′ 5″ 212
5.) 86 KEVAN MILLER 6′ 2″ 210
6.) 54 ADAM MCQUAID 6′ 5″ 209
7.) 43 MATT BARTKOWSKI 6′ 1″ 196
8.) 62 ZACH TROTMAN 6′ 3″ 219
9.) 79 DAVID WARSOFSKY 5′ 9″ 170
10.) 45 JOE MORROW 6′ 1″ 204
11.) 42 CHRIS BREEN 6′ 7″ 224
12.) 49 LINUS ARNESSON 6′ 1″ 188
13.) 65 CHRIS CASTO 6′ 1″ 200

14.) 47 TOREY KRUG 5′ 9″ 180 UNSIGNED

Without Krug in the line up, the primary puck moving role moves to Hamilton, who has a two-way style aspect about him. He’s not as quick in the transition game as Krug, which the B’s sorely need to increase their overall team speed. Krug would be greatly missed for his ability to set up the power play, especially with assistant coach Geoff Ward, who coached the power play, leaving the team over the summer as well. Although I have Trotman higher on the depth chart than Warsofsky, the B’s are clearly considering Warsofsky’s offensive minded style of play to compensate for the loss of Krug.

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