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Don Cherry on MFB: Milan Lucic is ‘[going to] come back with a force’ this season 07.02.15 at 12:52 pm ET
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Don Cherry

Don Cherry

Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry joined Middays with MFB on Thursday to discuss the Bruins’ recent moves. To hear the interview, go to the Middays with MFB audio on demand page.

Prior to the NHL draft Milan Lucic and 22-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton were traded to the Kings and Flames, respectively. The trades caught many by surprise, though the return for both of them gave the Bruins pieces to work with, namely those acquired in the Lucic trade.

The winger was traded to Los Angeles for goaltender Martin Jones, defenseman Colin Miller and the No. 15 overall pick in last Friday’s draft. The B’s were able to flip Jones to the Sharks afterwards for a first-round pick in 2016 and the rights to Miami Redhawks rising senior Sean Kuraly.

“I think what happened is [Lucic] sort of fell out of favor with that [18] goals [last season],” Cherry said. “You expected more goals from him. I have to admit, he wasn’t Lucic of old last year, but somehow or other, I always think of the Bruins, I think of them as tough and everybody thinks of them as tough.”

“Lucic, I know he had an off-year last year, but he’s [going to] come back with a force,” he added. “When you think of the Bruins, when everybody thinks of the Bruins, they think of Lucic, and then a 22-year-old guy. … You don’t get a 22-year-old stud like that guy and Calgary now has the best defense in the league, there’s no doubt about it.”

Following Hamilton being traded there were reports saying Hamilton was a “loner” and an “uppity kid.” Cherry said that wouldn’t matter to him if he were coaching the Bruins.

“If I had Hamilton, somehow I’d work him in, and that’s the job of the organization,” he said. “When I hear he doesn’t work and he’s a loner, who cares? Look at the way he plays, it’s on the ice. I don’t care if he’s a loner or not. I don’t believe in that stuff.”

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Exploring the idea of Matt Beleskey to the Bruins 07.01.15 at 7:00 am ET
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Matt Beleskey scored 22 goals for the Ducks last season. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Free agent left wing Matt Beleskey scored 22 goals for the Ducks last season. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Poor Matt Beleskey.

He could very well cash in on Wednesday, but you can’€™t help but feel for the guy.

He’€™s getting ruined in the press, you see.

The newly 27-year-old left wing might be the most offensively potent free agent in this year’€™s class, yet he’€™s at the very top of virtually every “buyer beware”€ list. Instead of the being billed as the solution to teams’ problems, he’s being billed as the second coming of David Clarkson.

Why? Because he’€™s only done it once.

“It” being reach the 20-goal plateau, that is. In 65 games for Anaheim last season, Beleskey notched 22 goals and 10 assists for 32 points. Not only was it Beleskey’€™s only 20-goal season; it was just his second 10-goal season in the NHL, as his previous career high was 11 goals, which he registered in the 2009-10 season as a rookie.

What makes Beleskey’€™s goal total flash red is the fact that this season saw him play on a line with Ryan Kesler after playing in lesser roles in previous seasons. As our pal Nick Goss points out, his shooting percentage nearly doubled last season from his career mark entering the season

As such, arguing that a particular team should sign the player figures to be met with skepticism, but the Bruins could actually be a fit in the right circumstances.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Bruins trade Martin Jones to Sharks for first-round pick, prospect 06.30.15 at 12:54 pm ET
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The Martin Jones era is over.

(Martin Jones was on the Bruins.)

Shortly after acquiring him from the Kings in the Milan Lucic trade, the Bruins have flipped the goaltender to the Sharks, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

The package of San Jose’s first-round pick and the rights to Sean Kuraly presents a strong return for Martin, a restricted free agent goaltender looking for an opportunity to start somewhere.

With the trade of Martin, the Bruins have now turned Milan Lucic (and $2.75 million in retained salary) into Los Angeles’ first-round pick Friday, San Jose’s first-round pick next year, and a pair of prospects in Kuraly and defenseman Colin Miller.

Kuraly spent the last three seasons playing college hockey at Miami University in Ohio. He was a teammate of Bruins prospect Austin Czarnik, whom Boston signed as a free agent late last season.

The 22-year-old Kuraly is a left shot who stands at 6-foot-2 and 201 pounds. Last season, he scored 19 goals and added 10 assists for 29 points in 40 games.

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Pierre McGuire on MFB: ‘I do think [the Bruins] have a plan’ 06.29.15 at 12:26 pm ET
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Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire joined Middays with MFB on Monday to discuss the Bruins’ rebuilding strategy and the direction they will go after surprise moves prior to the NHL draft last week. To hear the full interview, visit the Middays with MFB audio on demand page.

Amidst highly controversial moves, McGuire does not expect the Bruins to hold a fire sale and rid themselves of other veterans like Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask.

“I can’t see that happening,” McGuire said. “They’re a proud franchise. I can’t see that alienation of their fan base. They’ve been down this road before back in the [mid-1990s]. It was painful. … They’ve still got a very solid infrastructure of players. But again, they’re going to have to pass the torch here because some of their better guys are getting older.

“I can’t see them trading Patrice Bergeron. You put his name out there and every team in the league’s going to want him. … This is my one word of caution on this: I would be really careful pre-judging this thing if I were a Bruins fan, because I do think they have a plan. Doesn’t mean they have to share it with everybody only because you don’t want to show your cards too often in this league. In this league, they throw you anchors, not life jackets.”

According to McGuire, the recent moves made by the Bruins are part of a trend that began last offseason with the departure of Shawn Thornton and Jarome Iginla, among others.

“[My reaction was] that Don Sweeney wanted to put his stamp on the team early on along with Cam Neely that this was clearly something that was approved by ownership, that they felt that maybe something had gone a little bit astray in their building plan and they wanted to try to get it straightened out as soon as possible,” McGuire said. “I remember being in Boston last year when Johnny Boychuk got traded away … and I remember the reaction of the players and it was really negative. They were not happy at all.

Shawn Thornton moves on to Florida, Jarome Iginla moves on to Colorado, Johnny Boychuk moves on to the New York Islanders and then you see what happens this year — Chiarelli gets fired, Gregory Campbell‘s not coming back, Danny Paille’s not coming back, Milan Lucic isn’t coming back and obviously Dougie Hamilton’s not coming back. Start doing the math. That’s a huge part of your infrastructure, so clearly they knew that they wanted to go in a younger, different direction and they’ve started that process.”

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Breaking down Bruins’ moves from Friday 06.27.15 at 8:36 am ET
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Don Sweeney

Don Sweeney

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Bruins did a lot on Friday. It’s obvious that the moves as a whole represent a horrid day for new general manager Don Sweeney, but at least one of them made sense in a vacuum.

As such, here’s an attempt to break down each of the individual moves made by the Bruins:

Bruins trade Dougie Hamilton to Flames for picks No. 15, 45 and 52

One-word summary: Unforgivable.

The Hamilton fiasco represents really two lapses on the part of Don Sweeney.

First is the struggle to sign the team’s most important young player to a second deal. He asked for a lot of money because the best young defensemen in the league make a lot of money on their second deals. The Bruins’ unwillingness to pay it does not bode well for the future.

Consider this: David Pastrnak has two more years left on his entry-level deal. Guess who represents him? The same guy they just swung and missed with in J.P. Barry. This group can only hope it has better a better feel for re-signing youngsters by then.

The second part of it is the trade itself. Hamilton was one of the very best chips Sweeney had, and one that should have been kept at nearly all costs. Instead, he was flipped for the 15th overall pick and two second-rounders.

At the very, very least, the Bruins should have been able to get at least another first-round pick or a top prospect from a team in exchange for the already established Hamilton. This was the kind of move that can set a franchise back.

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Milan Lucic unsure of future, has Canucks on list of teams to which he’d accept trade 06.26.15 at 12:54 pm ET
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –€” Milan Lucic is playing the waiting game.

With the draft hours away and speculation — perhaps most of which is incorrect –€” growing at its typical rate, the 27-year-old is unsure of whether he will be dealt. The sides have not been in touch, so Lucic does not know the team’€™s intentions.

Lucic has submitted a list of 15 teams to which he would accept a trade, as requested by Don Sweeney, though the general manager noted Thursday that he has gotten lists from every Bruins player with a partial no-trade. That group consists of Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly.

Lucic confirmed to WEEI.com Friday that the Canucks are on his list of acceptable teams, as first reported by Dhiren Mahiban of the Canadian Press. Lucic grew up in Vancouver and played both minor and junior hockey in the area, most notably starring for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League from 2005 to 2007.

Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reported Friday that the Sharks, Kings and Ducks are also on Lucic’s list. The other 11 teams are unknown.

Lucic is entering the final year of a three-year contract that commands a $6 million cap hit. Because of Boston’€™s desire for cap flexibility and uncertainty as to what Lucic might command on his next deal, Lucic could be a trade candidate.

Sweeney said last month that he intended to get a feel for Lucic’€™s contract demands before deciding how to proceed. It is believed that Sweeney and Lucic’€™s agent have not had any contract talks of substance.

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Don Sweeney has lists from all Bruins with partial no-trade clauses; Loui Eriksson lost full-no trade when B’s missed playoffs 06.25.15 at 3:20 pm ET
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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Bruins general manager Don Sweeney doesn’€™t feel the need to make trades this weekend, but he’€™s more than prepared to.

Sweeney revealed during Thursday’s pre-draft availability that he has collected the proper lists from each Bruins player with a partial no-trade clause. Such lists, which vary in number of teams, reveal teams to which a player would accept a trade.

“Absolutely. I have every list,” Sweeney said.

Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly and Dennis Seidenberg are Boston’€™s players with no-trade clauses, with Lucic, Marchand, Kelly and Eriksson having lists. David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask have no-movement clauses for the foreseeable future, with Krejci’s and Rask’s statuses changing to no-trades over time.

Eriksson waived his no-trade clause to come to the Bruins from Dallas two years ago, but his no-trade was preserved in writing at the time, which means he still has his no-trade rights.

According to sources, Eriksson had a full no-trade, but when the Bruins missed the playoffs last season, it reverted to a 14-team list. Lucic has a 15-team list, while Kelly can approve a trade to up to eight teams. Seidenberg has a full no-trade until Dec. 30, 2016, after which it will become an eight-team list. Seidenberg has said that he would waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a deal if Boston tried moving him.

The size of Marchand’€™s list is currently unknown. Because he is 27, he will become qualified for no-trade rights on July 1, if that is indeed when they kick in. Players cannot have no-trade rights unless they are old enough (or have enough NHL service) to qualify for unrestricted free agency status. Marchand still has two more years on a cap friendly deal ($4.5 million cap hit), so the idea of him being traded would figure to be a moot point. Of the aforementioned group of players, he is the biggest no-brainer to keep.

At some point this offseason, the Bruins will turn to the trade market in an effort to clear salary cap space. The Bruins have $59,841,667 committed to 15 players for next season, with the upper limit of the salary cap set at $71.4 million this week. Boston still needs to sign restricted free agents Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner and Brett Connolly to new contracts. Don Sweeney has also expressed an interesting in re-signing unrestricted free agent Adam McQuaid.

Sweeney said that he does not necessarily feel a need to swing his deals before the draft begins Friday.

“I think every situation is different,” Sweeney said. “You could look at getting past the draft and getting past free agency as teams say, ‘OK, well I missed that first wave; there will be another wave of player movement opportunity.’ I think just everybody is looking to explore whatever they can at this particular time because the opportunity presents itself on a bunch of different levels.”

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