|Peter Chiarelli: Greg Zanon a ‘warrior,’ Steven Kampfer lost swagger||02.27.12 at 6:15 pm ET|
Here are a few quick highlights of Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli‘s press conference to announce the team’s two trades on Monday:
On Greg Zanon:
“Zanon is a terrific shot-blocker, he’s a real gritty competitor. He’s a warrior-type defenseman, so now we have eight defensemen in the mix now.”
On Steve Kampfer:
“Steve, in his defense, he had kind of a tough ride this year. I think it happens — I don’t know if it’s a sophomore jinx — but it happens sometimes to players. When he came him, he had some swagger, and he gave us that little bit of puck-moving and skating that we were looking for at the time. For whatever reason, it wasn’t there this year. In defense of Steve, I mean, he may not have had the opportunity because we didn’t have the injuries that [would have given him] the opportunity to play.
On how he likes the team’s shot-blocking:
“I’m not dissatisfied with the shot-blocking. I think it’s something that’s very important for the system that we play. Right now, I think the Rangers are best shot-blocking team. ‘¦ You just see that they’re committed to block shots. We’ve always been committed to block shots. We play that zone defense, and when guys have to block shots, they have to get in the lanes. I’m not dissatisfied, but I also know that blocking shots, you get broken feet, so it’s back to the depth.”
On if the Bruins were close on any other trades:
“There was one deal that we had been working on for a good two weeks that didn’t come to fruition and he wasn’t dealt. You tend to focus in on a couple of the deals you felt you had the most traction on, the most attractive target. There was one deal like that and it didn’t happen.”
On whether Zanon will be in the Bruins’ lineup:
“We’re going to have eight defensemen with Johnny [Boychuk] healthy so there’s going to be two that are out, but we’ll figure that out over time. I don’t know who will be in to start, maybe the two guys we added won’t be in to start when Johnny’s healthy ‘ I’m not sure yet. We’ve had discussions with our coach leading up to this, that if we were to acquire should he play, we talked about these players prior to making the deal so it’s a work in progress.”
|Johnny Boychuk has concussion, Bruins not sure when Nathan Horton will return||02.27.12 at 6:02 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday at TD Garden that defenseman Johnny Boychuk has a mild concussion after taking a hard hit from Senators forward Chris Neil Saturday.
The Bruins added two defenseman at Monday’s trade deadline in Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau, and when Boychuk is healthy, the B’s will have eight blueliners.
As for Nathan Horton, who is still out with a concussion, Chiarelli said that he expects the forward back before the end of the regular season, but that he isn’t certain.
“I expect him back, but with these things, I don’t know,” he said.
Chiarelli said that he would have liked to add two forwards at the deadline, but that the deals weren’t there to be made.
|Breaking down Bruins’ additions of Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau, Brian Rolston||02.27.12 at 4:14 pm ET|
After what was looking like a very quiet trade deadline, the Bruins did indeed pull of a pair of trades, landing the likes of Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau and Brian Rolston. According to capgeek.com, the Bruins added $7.8 million against the salary cap with the three trades.
B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli is set to address the media at 5:00 p.m. here at TD Garden. Until then, here are some quick reactions to the two deals.
Zanon deal: Bruins trade defenseman Steve Kampfer to Wild for defenseman Greg Zanon
Reaction: At face value, the Bruins traded a defenseman who couldn’t crack the top six for a defenseman who should end up on the second pairing with Dennis Seidenberg.
Zanon, 31, is in the last year of his contract and carries a $2.1 million cap hit. The 5-foot-11, 202-pound veteran averaged 18:37 of ice time in Minnesota this season, and last year he was second in the league with 212 blocked shots. That makes him a solid pickup, especially if he can fit well with Seidenberg for the rest of the season before Claude Julien presumably reunites the Seidenberg-Zdeno Chara super pairing.
Of course, if Zanon ends up playing on Seidenberg’s pairing, that would mean that Joe Corvo has lost his spot in the Bruins’ lineup (at least once Johnny Boychuk is back in the lineup). That’s the assumption at this point, as it seemed all along that one of the Bruins’ biggest needs at the deadline was an upgrade at Corvo’s spot. Corvo, a free agent at season’s end, has been prone to bad turnovers and has not produced as much offensively as he has in seasons past with other clubs.
One stat with Zanon that sticks out: He has just 27 shots on goal in 39 games this season. By comparison, Adam McQuaid has the lowest total amongst Bruins’ regulars with 39. He’s played six more games than Zanon, but he’s also average about three less minutes per game.
As far as the compensation goes, consider this scribe somewhat surprised to see Kampfer go. The 22-year-old blue liner had been up for stretches at a time over the last two seasons. He showed promise with his speed and skills in the offensive zone, but he never got enough consecutive games this season to look quite as comfortable as he did when he was first called up by the Bruins last season.
The good news for Kampfer is that he’ll get a break from life as a seventh defenseman and actually play in Minnesota.
Mottau/Rolston deal: Bruins trade AHL defenseman Marc Cantin and forward Yannick Riendeau to Islanders for defenseman Mike Mottau and forward Brian Rolston
Chiarelli brought a couple of players back to Boston, as Mottau played his college hockey at Boston College, while Rolston played five seasons for the Bruins after being acquired in the Ray Bourque deal.
Mottau was recently activated off injured reserve by the Islanders, as he was out from Dec. 29 until Sunday with a concussion. In 29 games this season, the 31-year-old has two assists and a minus-10 rating. He should be an extra guy on the Bruins’ lineup.
As for Rolston, he becomes the Bruins’ lone pickup to address their injury-bitten offense. With both Nathan Horton (concussion) and Rich Peverley (knee) out, the 39-year-old Rolston is by no means a replacement for either, though he can handle minutes on the Bruins’ third line for the time being. He also brings a good veteran presence. From his days with the Bruins (2000-2004), only Patrice Bergeron remains on the roster.
As NESN’s Douglas Flynn notes, Rolston’s $5.0625 million cap hit actually makes him the Bruins’ highest-paid forward, and second-highest player behind Chara ($6.9 million).
This trade lands the B’s a couple of veterans whose impact will be limited, but given the cost, it was a deal worth making. Neither Cantin nor Riendeau figure to make much of an impact at the NHL level.
|Bruins add three players at trade deadline||02.27.12 at 3:30 pm ET|
The Bruins reportedly added three players on the day of the NHL trade deadline, swinging a deal with the Islanders for former Bruin Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau, as well as acquiring defenseman Greg Zanon from Minnesota.
According to TSN, the Bruins sent AHL defenseman Marc Cantin and forward Yannick Riendeau to the Islanders in exchange for Rolston and Mottau. Defenseman Steve Kampfer was traded to the Wild for Zanon.
Zanon’s 212 blocked shots was second in the NHL last season. The 31-year-old has a minus-1 rating with two goals and four assists for six points this season. He has averaged 18:37 of ice time per game.
First acquired by the Bruins from the Avalanche in the Ray Bourque trade in 2000, Rolston, now 39, played five seasons in Boston, includinga 31-goal campaign in the 2001-02 season. He has also played for the Devils, Avalanche, Wild and Islanders. In 49 games this season, he has four goals and five assists for nine points.
The 33-year-old Mottau has a minus-10 rating with two points (both assists) in 29 games this season.
With the moves, the B’s also assigned Andrew Bodnarchuk, Carter Camper and Max Sauve to Providence.
|Potential Bruins deadline options: P.A. Parenteau||02.20.12 at 3:11 pm ET|
The Bruins’ biggest need as the trade deadline approaches is clear: They need a right wing (or two). With both Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley out, help is unquestionably needed on the top line, and the B’s could use it on the third line as well.
With that being said, it’s rather astonishing how slim the pickings are when it comes to right wingers this trade deadline. Only about seven teams appear to be out of the playoff race at this point, and few of them have good right wings at the end of their contracts.
One player who does fit that description is Islanders right wing P.A. Parenteau. Playing on the team’s first line with John Tavares and Matt Moulson, Parenteau has already tied his career high for points with 53 this season, which is second on the Islanders only to Tavares. Those 53 points are five more than Patrice Bergeron, who leads the B’s with 48 this season.
Parenteau scored 20 goals a season ago, and though he has 12 this season, it’s is 41 assists that jump off the page.
With that being said, the Bruins don’t need a winger who can rack up assists. As anyone who has watched the team in recent weeks could tell you, their issue is that they can’t score. If the B’s do swing a trade for Parenteau, they would likely do so with the hope that he could play on either David Krejci‘s line or Chris Kelly‘s line and help the team’s scoring woes.
A trade for Parenteau could also help the issues the B’s have been having on the power play. Seventeen of Parenteau’s points this season have come on the man advantage (five goals, 12 assists), while the B’s have been 2-for-21 on the power play this month.
Parenteau commands just a $1.25 million cap hit and will be a free agent at season’s end. Given that he is 28 years of age, a good showing with the Bruins could make him more than just a rental, as Benoit Pouliot‘s deal is up at the end of the season as well. Given how many free agents the Bruins have, it’s hard to tell how they’ll go about making up next season’s roster, but Parenteau could earn a spot on this Bruins team.
|Blake Wheeler’s three-point night leads Jets past Bruins||02.17.12 at 10:35 pm ET|
The Bruins began life without Rich Peverley in an ironic way, as the man they traded for him helped hand them a 4-2 loss Friday night in Winnipeg.
Former Bruin Blake Wheeler had three points for the Jets, scoring in the second period and assisting a pair of Bryan Little goals in the third period.
After a scoreless first period, the Jets took the lead early on in the second period with Alex Burmistrov’s 12th goal of the season. Jordan Caron scored his third goal of the season minutes later to tie the game, but the Jets would head into the second intermission with the lead thanks to a goal from Wheeler shortly after a Bruins power play.
David Krejci tied the game once again 49 seconds into the third period, but Little scored two goals in 2:04 to give the Jets a two-goal lead.
Tuukka Rask took the loss for the Bruins and is now winless in his last five starts (0-4-1). Friday night also marked the Finnish goaltender’s second loss in Winnipeg this season, as Rask lost to the Jets on Dec. 6.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins didn’t score on either of their power plays, but they did allow goals in the “vulnerable minute” after them. Wheeler went five-hole on Rask and beat him with a wrist shot on a 3-on-2 opportunity just 30 seconds after the conclusion of an Evander Kane penalty for elbowing Andrew Ference.
The B’s got their second power play of the night when Bryan Little went off for hooking Caron 1:43 into the third period, but he made up for his penalty by scoring 33 seconds after he left the penalty box.
– With the loss, the Bruins blew an opportunity at picking up back-to-back wins after they squeezed by with a victory Wednesday night in Montreal. The Bruins still have not won consecutive games since Jan. 10 and 12.
– Friday night was the latest contest in which the team’s top defensive pairing of Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk registered a negative rating. Boychuk has now had a negative rating in four of the Bruins’ last five games, including three ratings of minus-2 or worse.
– Wheeler really brought it against his former team, and it’s good to see his game reaching a new level in Winnipeg. His three-point effort increased his team-best total to 42 (11 goals, 31 assists) on the season. Wheeler’s apple on Little’s first goal was the 100th assist of his career, and he got to 101 just 2:04 later. Given his status as a top-5 pick, Wheeler was a common target by fans in Boston when things weren’t going right, so perhaps the change of scenery has been a good thing for the former Bruin.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– With Rich Peverley out for the next month (or longer), Caron has a chance to earn a spot in the B’s lineup, and he got off to a good start with his goal Friday. In reality, the B’s should be looking to add at least one forward, and quite possibly two before the trade deadline, but it wouldn’t hurt to get some consistency out of their 2009 first-round pick to show that they have in-house options to make up for lost production.
– Krejci’s goal was his first point in February, and it took took him eight games to get it. Still, Krejci has had a negative rating in his last five games, and has yet to register a positive rating this month.
|Potential Bruins deadline options: David Jones||02.17.12 at 12:45 pm ET|
When looking at the Bruins’ roster as it related to the trade deadline Wednesday, it seemed the B’s needed a forward — at the very least, they needed a depth guy, but adding a player who could handle top-six responsibilites would be a plus given the uncertainty of the concussed Nathan Horton‘s season.
Then Wednesday night happened. Rich Peverley‘s knee-to-knee collision with Hal Gill left the forward — who was already filling in for Horton on David Krejci‘s line — with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that Peverley will miss four to six weeks.
And because of that, it shouldn’t be Chiarelli’s only announcement in the next few days. The B’s went from needing a forward to needing a pair of forwards, and if Chiarelli could repeat his magic of a season ago (when he brought in Peverley and Chris Kelly in separate deals), the B’s would be in far better shape than they are now.
The issue is that unlike last year, the Bruins don’t have a couple of tradeable NHL players like Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. If they want to upgrade, they’ll need to use draft picks and/or prospects.
So who might fit the bill for the Bruins in their time of need? On Wednesday we took a look at Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, who has 19 goals this season for the Ducks. He should remain an option for the B’s in the coming days, but he isn’t the only right wing they could land.
Take Colorado’s David Jones, for example. Like Peverley, Jones is a native of Guelph, Ontario. He isn’t a solution for the top line, but he would fit the bill as a depth guy to take minutes on the third line. He’s had a modest season thus far with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points, but last season’s 27-goal campaign showed that he could score more than people may have thought. Jones plays on Colorado’s top line with Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk.
One thing to watch with Jones is his underwhelming shots on goal total. In 48 games, he has just 69 shots on goal, or 1.43 a night. That’s right around where the likes of Shawn Thornton (1.40 shots on goal per game) and Kelly (1.49) have been this season.
Jones is on a one-year deal with a $2.5 million cap hit, making him an affordable option as a rental should the B’s make a play for him. One thing that could hold up a deal is the fact that Colorado is five points out of a playoff spot in the Western conference.