|Bruins recall Noel Acciari from Providence||03.01.16 at 10:33 am ET|
The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have recalled center Noel Acciari from Providence. Acciari, Lee Stempniak and John-Michael Liles all participated in an optional morning skate for the B’s Tuesday.
Acciari is in his first professional season after playing three years at Providence College. The Rhode Island native has seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 42 AHL games this season.
“I like what I saw from training camp” a real strong, gritty guy, good hockey sense, skates, forechecks hard. Will go to the dirty areas and so on, so forth,” Claude Julien said Tuesday morning. “We’re going to have a real good look at him here. It’s a great opportunity for him, but it’s certainly coming in at this time of the season, for him to have that opportunity is pretty special. We’ll have a good look at him tonight and we’ll see how well he does. I suspect he’ll do well, from what I hear I’ve had nothing but great reports on him, so we’ll see where he is when it comes to playing at this level.”
|Looking at how Lee Stempniak, John-Michael Liles will fit with Bruins||03.01.16 at 12:02 am ET|
The biggest name the Bruins came away with at the trade deadline was the one they kept in Loui Eriksson. After that, they made the questionable decision to double down as buyers and add a couple of veterans that figure to take the spots of young players down the stretch.
It’s debatable whether the Bruins should have acquired Lee Stempniak and John-Michael Liles, but what’s done is done. Those guys will be used as part of a potential playoff run. Here’s our best guess as to how.
The Bruins probably didn’t give up a second-rounder and a fourth-rounder so Stempniak could be a bottom-sixer, so the guess here is that he’ll replace Brett Connolly on Patrice Bergeron’s right wing. That would bump Connolly to either the bottom six or the press box.
Stempniak will provide Bergeron with another scorer on his line, as he has 13 even-strength goals this season to Connolly’s six.
Here’s how Stempniak compares to Connolly in all facets of the game:
The 35-year-old left shot defenseman could play on the left side of Boston’s second or third pairing. That gives the Bruins options regarding guys like Torey Krug and Dennis Seidenberg who can be bumped to the left side, and the guess here is that his presence will push young lefty Joe Morrow out of the lineup.
|Bruins trade for John-Michael Liles, Lee Stempniak||02.29.16 at 3:17 pm ET|
In addition to keeping Loui Eriksson, the Bruins swung a trade with the Hurricanes for 35-year-old defenseman John-Michael Liles and added forward Lee Stempniak from New Jersey.
Boston sent a third-round pick in 2016, a fifth-round pick in 2017 and former third-round pick Anthony Camara to Carolina. Liles, a left shot, has six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 64 games this season. The Indianapolis native has also played for the Avalanche and Maple Leafs in his career.
The Bruins will be Stempniak’s ninth team. In 63 games for the Devils this season, Stempniak has 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points. The Bruins gave up a 2017 second-rounder and a 2016 fourth-rounder for Stempniak, a very steep price considering that they could have had him months ago for nothing.
Stempniak went to school at Dartmouth and lives in Boston. He spent the weeks leading up to training camp skating with the Bruins as he remained without a contract. The Bruins offered him a professional tryout that he declined in favor of a PTO with the Devils that led to a one-year deal in September. Though the Bruins passed on the opportunity to add him at the time, he had hoped the Bruins would bring him in as a free agent.
“I think it would be a good fit. It’s a great organization,” Stempniak told WEEI.com in September. “I’ve heard great things. I’ve gotten to know some of the guys. I like them and have a lot of respect for some of their players, just the way they train, the way they play and as people. It’s definitely appealing, but for me, it’s sort of weighing the options. I’ve talked to more teams over the last couple of weeks and things have really picked up. [It’s about] finding the right opportunity at this point.”
The acquisition of Stempniak makes this summer’s trade for Zac Rinaldo sting even more than initially expected. Rather than simply sign Stempniak, the Bruins traded a third-round pick in 2017 for Rinaldo, who is now in Providence. They’ve since spent second-and-fourth-round picks on Stempniak, meaning it has cost second, third and fourth-round picks to end up with a player they could have had for nothing more than a contract.
In addition to Monday’s trades, the Bruins sent centers Joonas Kemppainen and Max Talbot to Providence.
|Source: Bruins keep Loui Eriksson past trade deadline||02.29.16 at 3:04 pm ET|
According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Bruins did not trade Loui Eriksson at the trade deadline and will continue to work on an extension for the player.
Eriksson, 30, is in the final year of a six-year contract that carries a $4.25 million cap hit. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney admitted Sunday that he was shopping the player, though he noted his preference was to keep the player. The Bruins and Eriksson were not close on a new contract as of Sunday evening, though they now have until July 1 to reach an agreement.
The team did make a trade in the final minutes leading up until Monday’s trade deadline, however, adding veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles from the Hurricanes and winger Lee Stempniak from New Jersey.
|Report: Bruins pushing to trade for Dan Hamhuis||02.29.16 at 1:52 pm ET|
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Bruins are trying to complete a trade for 33-year-old Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis.
BOS making a big push for Dan Hamhuis.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 29, 2016
Worth keeping in mind, however, is that Hamhuis has a full no-trade clause, meaning he could block a potential trade to Boston if he were so inclined.
Hamhuis, a left shot, will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Should he be acquired by Boston, he would likely slot in as Boston’s second-pairing left defenseman and kill penalties. A potential acquisition of him would allow the Bruins to play Dennis Seidenberg on the right side on any of their pairings or on the left of the third pairing. Here is a comparison of Hamhuis and Seidenberg, the latter of whom has been Boston’s second-pairing left defenseman for much of the season:
|Loui Eriksson practices; Zac Rinaldo has hearing for hit, assigned to Providence||02.29.16 at 11:06 am ET|
WILMINGTON — With hours to go until the 3 p.m. trade deadline, Bruins forward Loui Eriksson participated in Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena.
The Bruins are still determining whether to trade Eriksson, make a last-ditch effort to sign him to a contract extension or potentially keep him past the deadline without a new contract inked. Both sides have indicated that the possibility of the B’s keeping Eriksson unsigned is real, though the guess here is that it’s a situation Boston would like to avoid.
After sending him to Providence for a two-game conditioning loan, the B’s brought Tyler Randell back up for Monday’s practice. Zac Rinaldo, who remains on waivers until noon, did not practice and was the only absence. Should he go unclaimed, the Bruins can either keep him on their roster or send him to Providence. (Update: Rinaldo has been sent to Providence, according to the AHL transactions page.)
The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Monday that Rinaldo would have a hearing for his illegal check to the head of Cedric Paquette in Sunday’s loss to the Lightning. Rinaldo has not been suspended as a member of the Bruins, though he came to Boston this summer having been suspended a total of 14 games over the course of his Flyers career.
Max Talbot, who cleared waivers Saturday, remains on the NHL roster and was on for the start of Monday’s skate, though he left the ice just a few minutes into the practice.
|Don Sweeney: Bruins have had ‘several discussions with teams’ about Loui Eriksson trade||02.28.16 at 5:25 pm ET|
Holding his pre-trade deadline media availability, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said that Loui Eriksson will “absolutely” play Sunday night against the Lightning as he continues to assess whether he will trade the unrestricted free agent to be.
As of Sunday afternoon, Sweeney and agent J.P. Barry had not resumed contract talks, with the issues of both term and money remaining holding up a potential extension for the 30-year-old. The Bruins’ most recent offer is believed to be for four years, with Eriksson preferring a longer deal.
With no deal in place, Sweeney admitted that he has had trade discussions about the player, who is currently tied for second on the Bruins with 23 goals this season.
“Loui’s a good player. He’s having a great season. He’s been very important for our success up to date and we treat it as such,” Sweeney said. “If another team — and I’ve had several discussions with teams — felt that it was equal on that side of it and the deal was the right fit, then that’s something we’d explore, but my preference has been all along to try to sign him and go from there.”
Former Jets captain Andrew Ladd, a fair comparable for Eriksson, fetched Winnipeg a first-round pick, a prospect and a conditional third-round pick from Chicago in recent days. Asked whether he had been offered a first-rounder by any teams for Eriksson, Sweeney declined comment.
The trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m. Though it is believed the Bruins will be motivated to trade Eriksson if enough common ground is not found on a new contract by the deadline, Sweeney said that the team is still considering keeping the versatile wing for the rest of the season even if the team doesn’t sign him.
“Absolutely,” Sweeney said of potentially keeping Eriksson without a contract. “Loui’s a valuable player.”