WILMINGTON — Max Talbot may be new in town, but he is no stranger to the Black & Gold.
“I’ve seen them play throughout the years, and the core group — how solid it is — and how much of a good team the Boston Bruins are,” Talbot said on Wednesday morning, following his first practice as a member of the Bruins. “It’s exciting, and just coming here in this dressing room — with the team and the city — I expect great things.”
The Bruins acquired Talbot prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, bringing him to Boston — along with prospect Paul Carey — in exchange for Jordan Caron and a sixth-round draft pick in 2016. Talbot arrived in town on Tuesday night and suited up in the Spoked B on Wednesday, taking the ice in a burgundy sweater alongside Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Brian Ferlin.
WILMINGTON — Tuesday was a long day for Brett Connolly, but an exciting one.
Very early on Monday morning, the forward was traded from Tampa Bay to Boston. In the last 24 hours, he has conducted a conference call with the Boston media, packed up his things in Florida and caught a flight to Boston. He arrived just in time for Tuesday morning’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, donning a burgundy practice sweater.
“This is different, for sure — but it’s exciting, obviously,” the newest Bruin told reporters after practice. “You want to be in a position like this. Every player dreams of this, and I’m excited for it. Hopefully, I can embrace it. Obviously, for me, [I] enjoyed myself in Tampa, but it’s a new beginning, a fresh start, and I’m excited.”
BostonBruins.com - The 2015 trade deadline has come and gone, and as is customary, General Manager Peter Chiarelli held his annual post-deadline press conference at TD Garden on Monday evening.
"Going into this deadline, we identified some needs, obviously," Chiarelli told the reporters gathered, a couple of hours after the deadline had passed. "We’ve tried to address these needs. A couple of injuries that have happened maybe put us in a different direction."
A few weeks ago, the Bruins lost defenseman Kevan Miller for the season after he re-injured his right shoulder and required surgery. David Krejci sustained a partially torn MCL in his left knee and is out four to six weeks.
The Black and Gold started deadline day by acquiring forward Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning in the early hours of the morning, in exchange for the Bruins' natural second round draft pick in 2015 and the Bruins' natural second round draft pick in 2016.
By the deadline, they had acquired forwards Maxime Talbot and Paul Carey from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Jordan Caron and the Bruins' sixth round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. In a depth deal, Boston acquired forward Zack Phillips from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Jared Knight to wrap up the day.
Boston also explored adding defensive depth.
"And notwithstanding some injuries, specifically on defense, the exercise that we went through was the depth defensemen that we looked to add: Do they equate to the depth players that we signed in the first place? And we made a conscious effort this year to see if that was the case," said Chiarelli, later noting blueliners like Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky who have all shown their progress on the back end. "We had chances to add a lot — a number of different depth defensemen, and in the end, we didn’t"
BostonBruins.com — Brett Connolly didn’t know what to expect as he got ready to call it a night on Sunday, March 1.
But he didn’t expect to receive the news, shortly after midnight on March 2, that he had been traded from Tampa Bay to Boston in exchange for draft picks.
“It kind of hit me out of left field — I didn’t really expect to get traded,” Connolly said on Monday evening during a conference call with reporters. “Obviously, nobody really does, but again, I enjoyed my time in Tampa and owe a lot to the organization. They did a lot for me to turn me into the player that I am.
“But I’m excited for a fresh start in Boston — that’s a very rich franchise, so I’m excited.”
BostonBruins.com - At 2:00 a.m. ET on Monday morning, the Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning made the first trade of deadline day, with Boston acquiring forward Brett Connolly in exchange for two second round draft picks in 2015 and 2016.
The 22-year-old Connolly is a right-shot right wing, who added edge to his game in the second half of 2014-15 for the Lightning in a bottom-six role.
"He's a young player, can really shoot the puck, he's got some size, he was drafted sixth overall. He's just starting to come into his own a little bit," General Manager Peter Chiarelli told BostonBruins.com on Monday morning from his office at TD Garden. "He's kind of a straight line player, but he makes plays and he can really shoot the puck."
"He's a player we kind of looked at for a while," said Chiarelli. "They've got a lot of right wings in Tampa and it kind of loosened up last night so we jumped on it. It got done early this morning. But he's a guy that we think can come in and help us right away and still could have a long future for us."
Through 50 games, the Prince George, BC native has 12 goals and three assists. He's been a mainstay in Tampa Bay's lineup this season in his fourth year pro, aside from being sidelined for 12 games with an upper-body injury in October and November. He has a strong shot in his arsenal but doesn't shy away from the dirty areas in front for tips.
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BOSTON - Facing the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night didn't exactly present the Bruins with their toughest challenge. The Coyotes were coming in having lost eight straight, including three straight before closing out a four-game road trip in Boston.
Combined with the impending trade deadline coming up on March 2, there was a cloud hanging over the Coyotes heading into this one, whether they wanted it there or not.
"I haven’t really - to be honest with you - I haven’t looked at their record of eight straight losses more than I’ve looked at ours, saying this is an important game, as important as [Saturday's] was to win," Head Coach Claude Julien had said an hour before puck drop.
"We really have been taking a focus on our team, not just who we play, but how well we play. That’s the main thing right now."
The Bruins came out of a fairly stress-free night with a 4-1 win over Arizona and two straight wins for the first time in a month, having earned a 3-2 overtime win on Friday night in New Jersey.
Boston needed to take care of business, and they made it easy on themselves, for once, to push for the full 60 minutes, in all three zones.
Milan Lucic put the Bruins on the board just 2:40 in, taking advantage of a harmless David Pastrnak dump-in that jumped over goalie Mike Smith's stick. Lucic banked the puck off of Smith's skate and in for his 13th of the season.
NEWARK - Ryan Spooner had gone 34 NHL games without finding the back of the net.
He picked an opportune time to hit the twine, firing in the overtime winner to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the New Jerseys Devils on Friday night at the Prudential Center.
The Bruins needed the two points, and Spooner needed the goal.
"Thanks," he smiled to reporters when they congratulated him postgame in locker room. "Finally."
Boston had given up a 2-0 lead in the third period, with the Devils tying it up 2-2 off two goals just 2:09 apart.
Early in overtime, Claude Julien was forced to a call a timeout with his team caught on an icing. It also offered a chance for the bench boss to drive home the message.
"He said, just go out there and play, and stick to our game. And we did that, and scored," said Spooner.
Niklas Svedberg, starting between the pipes with Tuukka Rask ill and not able to suit up, blocked away a shot from Martin Havlat. The Bruins got on their horse and went up ice with a four-on-two rush.
NEWARK - Tuukka Rask was not on the ice for pregame skate at the Prudential Center on Friday morning in New Jersey.
"He's actually under the weather right now, so we'll see how he is," Head Coach Claude Julien said following the skate. "We're obviously taking some precautions here, whether he can make it or not, and there's probably a goaltender that we'll try and get here for game time."
"If he's not feeling well, I'd rather not have him on the bench. We'll see. He talked to me this morning - feeling a little bit better, so we'll have to make some decisions here."
Niklas Svedberg was the only goalie on the ice for the skate, along with Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa.
Later in the afternoon, around 1:00 p.m., the Bruins announced that goaltender Jeremy Smith had been recalled from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. Smith will join the team in New Jersey and be eligible for the matchup with the Devils.
Given the situation, Julien did not confirm a starting goaltender.
"I don't have the answer. I know you're going to ask me who's going to be in nets - I don't know," Julien said before the recall was announced. "You know, Sveddy's here, obviously. I'll see how Tuukka is first, before I announce anything here…I'm not in the position to kind of say this is what's happening tonight."
WILMINGTON — Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Vancouver didn’t sit well for the Bruins. But after having a day off on Wednesday to decompress, they have left it in the past. Now, it’s on to New Jersey.
“I think we’re happy with how we’re playing and improving and stuff, and I think it’s just about scoring goals,” said defenseman Dougie Hamilton following Thursday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. “We have to stay confident and positive, and keep trying our best to score goals, and hopefully, that will win us games.”
Of course, there are some elements from the game against the Canucks that the Bruins would like to take with them to the Garden State. There are elements from the last several games, in fact, that the B’s would like to hold on to. They peppered the net with shots. They played sound defensively. There were no lengthy lapses in effort.
Now, the B’s just need to find a way to put the puck in the back of the net.