Wideman, Boyes, Sturm on the move

February 28, 2011

Dennis Wideman has been traded from the Florida Panthers to the Washington Capitals for a third round pick and forward Jake Hauswirth.  The up-tempo, offensive minded Capitals system may suit Wideman very favorable. Also going to the capitals is Marco Sturm, who was claimed off waivers on Friday. 

Former Bruin and one time 40 goal scorer, Brad Boyes, has also been traded back to the Northeast Division.  Boyes goes to Buffalo for a second round pick.  Also making news today is defenseman Mark Stuart who was inked to a 3 year $5.1 million contract extension.

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Bruins welcome the Sheriff back

February 26, 2011

The Bruins have announced that they have signed Shane Hnidy to a one year contract. Hnidy is still recovering from shoulder surgery but expects to return in about a month. Hnidy will be the 8th defenseman on the Bruins roster once he returns, which could be an indication that Steven Kampfer may be sent  back to Providence.


Kampfer, Paille scratched

February 22, 2011

Steve Kampfer and Daniel Paille will be the healthy scratches for tonight’s game against the Flames. Tyler Seguin is expected to skate as a winger on the fourth line. Tim Thomas will get the start in net. Newly acquired forward Rich Peverley will also be in the lineup and will be wearing #49.


Seguin looks like the healthy scratch

February 20, 2011

Rich Peverley practiced with the Bruins today for the first time since he was acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers.  Claude Julien addressed where Peverley might line up and stated,  

“We’ll probably play him to start with on the wing with Kelly and Ryder, so basically just jumping into Wheeler’s spot. For now. We’ll look at how everything unfolds. Both Peverley and Kelly can play center and wing, which is good to have as versatility.’’

Julien recently has also stated he likes what he has seen from the Paille-Campbell-Thorton combination and did not want to see that line broken up.  Even with the strong play of Tyler Seguin in the past few games, it will be unfortunate but it appears he will be a  healthy scratch. 

Does scratching Seguin, Kelly center the third line, and Peverley skate on the wing make sense? Absolutely not. A potential Seguin-Peverley-Ryder combination would have been a fun line to watch, especially because of the speed and offensive abilities of the three. Would the defense on that line be lacking? Probably somewhat, but Peverley basically replaces Wheeler, who was nothing great defensively either. In addition,  Peverley has taken 1020 faceoffs and has a 55.5 faceoff winning percentage. In comparison Kelly has taken 726 faceoffs and has a 50.1 winning percentage. As the stats show Peverley is clearly the better center when it comes to taking faceoffs especially since his numbers rank almost identical to Patrice Bergeron (1078 taken 56.4 winning percentage), who ranks 3rd in the league among centers who have taken at least 850 faceoffs.

Not to take anything away from Chris Kelly, but from this perspective during the regular season at least, Peverley centering Seguin with Kelly centering the fourth line make the Bruins a much more dangerous opponent than having Kelly centering the third line and Daniel Paille skating around aimlessly, missing the net by 10 feet on every shot he takes.  Come playoff time obviously it will be a different situation but having Seguin learn from a skilled centerman like Peverley makes perfect sense.


Bruins acquire Kaberle, Peverly, and Valabik

February 18, 2011

The Bruins have acquired Tomas Kaberle from Toronto for Joe Colborne, their 2011 first round pick, and a conditional pick in 2012. The conditional draft pick will be a second rounder if Kaberle resigns in Boston or if the Bruins make it to the finals.  In the end this deal could turn out to be two firsts (Colborne 15th overall in 2008) and a second for Kaberle, which seems like a vast overpayment for a defenseman like Kaberle.

The Bruins have also landed Rich Peverly and Boris Valabik from Atlanta for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart.  Peverly is under contract at $1.325 million for this season and next.  Peverly can play wing and center and is an upgrade over Wheeler both offensively and defensively.  Valabik is under contract this year at a $762,500 cap hit. He is a restricted free agent next season. Taking a shot on the 6’7” 245 lb defenseman is a good risk to take. He will report to Providence. The Bruins win big in the Atlanta deal.

Now the question is what happens on that third line? Does Tyler Seguin find himself watching from the press box again, sitting in favor of Daniel Paille? Does Julien bump Horton down to the fourth line?  Here’s a potential look:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton

Marchand-Bergeron-Recchi

Seguin-Peverly-Ryder

Campbell-Kelly-Thornton

Chara-Kampfer

Kaberle-Seidenberg

Ference-McQuaid


Kaberle deal close

February 17, 2011

According to WEEI.com the Bruins are close to acquiring Tomas Kaberle from Toronto. The hold up in the deal is a contract extension. The Bruins would have to shed salary so a position player is expected to be moved in this deal.

Joe Haggerty of CSN is also reporting that Mark Stuart may be on the move to Chicago to free up more cap space.


Chris Kelly acquired from Ottawa

February 16, 2011

Chris Kelly has been acquired from the Ottawa Senators for the Bruins 2011 2nd round draft pick. Kelly will be used as a third line center/energy line forward.  Kelly is a left handed shooting center who is excellent on the penalty kill but a second round draft pick seems like an overpayment. Kelly’s career high in goals and points are 15 and 38, respectively.  Acquiring a forward may mean the Bruins are working on another deal to shed a winger (Blake Wheeler), especially since Kelly is under contract for one more year at $2.125 million.