|Pierre McGuire on MFB: Bruins might need trade to shake things up||02.12.15 at 1:54 pm ET|
NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to preview the Bruins’ upcoming West Coast trip, and also to look at what might happen at the trade deadline. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
With the Bruins losers of three of their last four games, and in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, McGuire feels the team might need to shake things up at the trade deadline.
“The Bruins are a team that might need to shake the tree,” said McGuire. “Not really hard so they lose a lot of the leaves on the tree, but shake it so the tree gets everybody’s attention. I do think there might be a tune out factor, or there could be a burnout factor — maybe some guys just need to be traded to get them a new leaf on life.”
“I wouldn’t mess with the depth of guys — I really wouldn’t,” he added. “I don’t think the depth guys are a problem. I think what they really need to do is add more offense. If you at it, this is a team that doesn’t have a 20-goal scorer on their roster. That is a little bit scary when you look at the depth they have down the middle. … When you have that kind of depth down the middle and you’re not getting scoring from the wingers in particular, that is problematic.”
The Bruins are set to begin a five-game road trip, beginning Friday night in Vancouver. McGuire feels this is a big stretch for the black and gold.
“They definitely have to go on a run here,” said McGuire. “I am telling you, this is the first time I can honestly tell you guys this … this is the first time the Bruins have to scoreboard watch.”
Over the last four games, the Bruins have scored just a total of eight goals. McGuire noted goal scoring has been one of the biggest issues this season.
“They are not scoring goals easily enough,” said McGuire. “There is some haphazard defensive play. There isn’t enough consistency for 60 minutes in their game. Tuukka Rask has this huge problem playing against the Montreal Canadiens — they are going to have to sort that out. There’s been a little bit of a lack of discipline. That was troubling the other night in that loss to Dallas — two short-handed goals against, that speaks to the lack of intensity and speaks to guys not paying attention to little details.
“This is the first time I will say this, because I am bullish on this team, I still like this team a lot, but this is the first time this year that they have to scoreboard watch and that is not a real comfortable thing for a team that is probably underachieving right now.”
|Tyler Seguin questionable to play against Bruins after missing Stars skate with flu||02.10.15 at 12:33 pm ET|
Tyler Seguin was sent back to the team hotel and missed Tuesday’s morning skate with a flu bug that is going around Dallas’ team. Coach Lindy Ruff said the team is ‘hopeful’ that Seguin will be able to play Tuesday night against the Bruins.
Should he play, Tuesday will mark the second time that Seguin has played at TD Garden since being traded to Dallas in the summer of 2013. Seguin is flourishing offensively with the Stars, as he is tied for the NHL lead with 59 points and is third with 29 goals.
The Bruins had no absences from morning skate and will ice the same forwards and defensemen that they did Sunday against the Canadiens. Niklas Svedberg, who is back from a four-game conditioning loan in Providence, will make the start for Boston. Tuukka Rask has started the last 11 games for the Bruins, going 7-3-1.
The anticipated lineup for the B’s is as follows:
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|Tyler Seguin writes that Bruins ‘gave up’ on him too early||01.23.15 at 8:06 pm ET|
In a piece written for ThePlayersTribune.com entitled “Moving On,” Stars forward Tyler Seguin wrote that the Bruins were too hasty in trading him two summers ago.
“Now that it’s all completely in the past, I can give you my honest answer. Do I think the Bruins gave up on me too early? Yes, I 100 percent believe that,” Seguin wrote.
Seguin was dealt for a number of reasons, most notably a concern that his timid play on the ice and his behavior off it would not be worth his $5.75 million cap hit as he entered a six-year contract. Seguin wrote in the piece that he thought the salary cap was the reason the Bruins moved him. He was vague about his behavior and contested criticism of his play.
“I admit that there were probably some decisions I could have made better, but I also highly doubt that anyone would endorse every choice they made in their late teens,” Seguin wrote. “It’s part of growing up. I was living on my own for the first time and was the only single guy on the team. On off-nights, when the other guys would go home to their wives and families, I would go out. But none of my behavior was ever malicious, and it certainly didn’t affect my play on the ice. The suggestion that it did always bothered me because I fulfilled every role that the Bruins asked of me, whether it was leading the team in scoring as a center or serving as a winger on the third line.”
Ever since the trade, Seguin has denied that his behavior was an issue in the Boston days, but he hasn’t said much else. While it’s good that he’s now had his say, his say isn’t exactly true.
The part about fulfilling roles is the main head-scratcher, as Seguin never led the team in scoring as a center, but rather a right wing in the 2011-12 season. Patrice Bergeron was his center that season.
Furthermore, the suggestion that he adequately fulfilled his role as a third-line winger is batty. His days as a third-line wing came as a rookie, when he was a healthy scratch for most of the postseason, and when the Bruins had to demote him to the third line amidst a 2013 playoff run in which he scored just one goal all postseason.
Aside from his rookie year, the Bruins never intended for Seguin to be a third-line player. As such, he failed as a third-line wing by remaining one.
Obviously, things have worked out for Seguin in Dallas, but there’s no telling when he and the B’s will tire of reminiscing.
|Loui Eriksson: First season with Bruins ‘tougher than I thought’||08.11.14 at 2:09 pm ET|
MIDDLETON – Loui Eriksson was among four current Bruins in attendance to support Panthers forward Shawn Thornton at his annual Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s golf tournament at Ferncroft Country Club
Eriksson, who was traded to Boston last summer in the Tyler Seguin megadeal, is set to enter next month’s training camp as Boston’s first-line right wing. This comes after an up-and-down debut season in Boston that saw the now-29-year-old forward struggle with concussions and adjustment to a new team. Eriksson eventually found very strong chemistry with Carl Soderberg and was dominant when teamed with David Krejci and Milan Lucic late in the regular season while the team rested Jarome Iginla.
The longtime Dallas Star told WEEI.com Monday that he didn’t anticipate such a rocky time adjusting to his new team last season, but then again nobody could have expected injuries hitting Eriksson, as he had played every game in all but one of the previous five seasons (three games missed in 2010-11).
The lack of offensive production (he finished the season with 10 goals and 27 assists for 37 points in 61 regular season games) led to some impatience from fans, but Eriksson, who scored 36 goals in the 2008-09 season and was an All Star in 2011, said the fans should have held him to a high standard.
“It was tougher than I thought, actually, but it was something I have to live with, too. Of course they should have high expectations,” Eriksson said. “It was kind of a tough beginning of my season to play for Boston with all the concussions and everything a new system. I thought I was getting into it more at the end of the season and into the playoffs.”
Check back later for more on Eriksson and what he expects from his second season in Boston. For more Bruins coverage, visit weei.com/bruins.
|Brendan Smith reflects on Tyler Seguin trade, why Reilly Smith has been good fit with Bruins||04.18.14 at 12:49 pm ET|
Brendan Smith is a bit more vocal than Reilly Smith.
Reilly, more of the shy type with the media, is extremely self-effacing. When things are going well, he’d rather somebody else get the credit. When things aren’t, he’s a little harder on himself.
So it was interesting Friday to talk to his brother, a defenseman for the Red Wings, about some of the major storylines that have surrounded Reilly’s young career.
Reilly was a big part of the package the Bruins received in the trade that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas. Brendan recalls the day the trade went down, as he was hanging out with Reilly that July 4.
“The thing was, the first time we saw it was on Twitter. We were just on the couch and [see] ‘Reilly Smith is traded for Seguin with Loui Eriksson,’ and the whole deal,” Brendan said Friday. “We were kind of thrown off, and then when we thought about it, we thought it was a great fit for him. He could earn his position and go in and play hard.
“I knew going up, he worked really hard in the offseason. I wouldn’t say he was nervous, but he was really adamant [about] going into camp in really good shape and trying to earn a good spot on the team. Look what he’s done. He’s done a great job, and you’ve seen him. He’s a mature kid for his age, so it’s a been a testament to him. I have to give him a lot of credit.”
|Pierre McGuire on M&M: Bruins ‘didn’t destroy the fabric of their team’ at trade deadline||03.07.14 at 1:23 pm ET|
NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss the Bruins’ decisions at the trade deadline. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
The Bruins traded a conditional pick to the Flyers for defenseman Andrej Meszaros Wednesday.
“They didn’t destroy the fabric of their team, which is really important,” McGuire said. “One of the great things about the Boston Bruins is the chemistry of the team and how they rally around one another.
“I talked to somebody in another market who’s a manager about this, they said the thing about the Bruins that makes them tough to play against is strength down the core of their team — so [David] Krejci, [Patrice] Bergeron, [Chris] Kelly, [Gregory] Campbell — you’re locked and loaded and everybody knows their role. Then you got the shutdown presence of [Zdeno] Chara, the shutdown presence of [Johnny] Boychuk. You’ve got the maneuverability of Torey Krug. You’ve now got Andrej Meszaros.”
During his rookie season, Meszaros played on a line with Chara and was a plus-34.
“I think you start out slow and then you build up to see what he can handle,” McGuire said of Meszaros and Chara playing on the same line again.
“Those guys have played so much together in the National Hockey League, and so much internationally that you’ll see that this is good. Peter Chiarelli knows Meszaros really well from their days in Ottawa together, so I think, quite frankly, Boston did a good job by not messing with the integrity of the team.”
Following are more highlights from the interview. For more on the Bruins, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.
On Kevan Miller: “Most people really don’t know who Kevan Miller is. Kevan Miller has become a very stable player for that team. I think that’s one of the things, when you see a player that can play close to 20 minutes in a game and can count on him being a plus-player, that’s, I think, a really important player for your group.”
On if the Bruins regret trading Tyler Seguin: “I don’t know if Tyler Seguin ever would have gotten to this level playing in Boston. Sometimes a young player needs to be scared straight, and one of the ways of scaring them straight is to trade them. For whatever reason it just doesn’t work out in the town that drafted him, but you trade him and it works out and I think that might have been the case with Tyler because it wasn’t working out. It wasn’t working out with consistency.”
|Tyler Seguin: ‘I’m looked at in a different role here’||01.16.14 at 7:05 pm ET|
DALLAS — Tyler Seguin never lost six games in a row in a Bruins uniform, and that’s just one of the many differences between his last home and his new home.
The Stars, who will host the Bruins Thursday night at American Airlines Center, ended such a skid Tuesday with a win over the Oilers. Seguin had two points (a goal and an assist) and was a minus-6 over the six-game losing streak.
Two points over six games would have been unsatisfactory in Boston, but considering his standing as Dallas’ first-line center and one of the league’s top scorers (21 goals), Seguin understands that he’s too important to what Dallas is trying to do to have quiet offensive stretches.
“Definitely. One hundred percent, I’m looked at in a different role here, and production is definitely one of them as well and finding a way to get that goal when games are tied and you’re losing a few games,” Seguin said. “I get to see those things in a different light, especially in a losing streak.”
This will be Seguin’s second game against the Bruins since they traded him, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to Dallas last summer for a package that included Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith. Seguin said he still watches Bruins highlights and checks to see how players are doing, but he isn’t measuring himself up against the players Boston got.
“Not too much at all,” he said. “I still see all the Bruins highlights and still see the Plymouth Whalers highlights from when I played in the OHL and follow up on guys and stats and stuff, but I don’t think I do too much comparing between me and the guys I got traded [for].”
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