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WHY VANEK?!?!?! Well, BD will tell you why….

WHY VANEK?!?!?! Well, BD will tell you why….

Special Comment by B.D. Gallof 10/28/2013   The NY Islanders went trick or treating early this year, landing impending UFA Thomas Vanek into their goodie bag, while giving up impending UFA Matt Moulson, a 1st rounder in 2014, and a 2nd round pick in 2015. Yes, there seem to be a bit of a emotional [...]

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Holiday Blockbuster: Bruins Deal Seguin To Dallas For Eriksson, Prospects

On the Fourth of July, hours before the annual pyrotechnics display on the esplanade in Boston, fireworks were going off on Causeway Street. After two weeks of speculation, and even confirmation from GM Peter Chiarelli that his name was on the trading block, the Boston Bruins have dealt Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars. The [...]

Pens Complete Season Sweep of Bruins with 3-2 Win at TD Garden

Pens Complete Season Sweep of Bruins with 3-2 Win at TD Garden

BOSTON, MA – 1-5-1. What’s the significance of the number above, you ask? Well, that’s the record the Boston Bruins finished the season with against their two biggest competitors atop the Eastern Conference standings; the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Saturday afternoon’s 3-2 defeat at the hands of the injury-riddled Pens (playing without Sidney Crosby, [...]

Bruins Land Jaromir Jagr in Deal with Dallas

Bruins Land Jaromir Jagr in Deal with Dallas

Fear not, Bruins’ fans. This time, it’s official. Officially official, actually. Just six days after having Pittsburgh swoop in and steal Jarome Iginla out from underneath his grasp, Bruins’ GM Peter Chiarelli has acquired one of the greatest players in the history of the Penguins organization. In exchange for gritty young winger Lane MacDermid, 2012 fifth [...]

It’s an Isles Trade Deadline Preview

It’s an Isles Trade Deadline Preview

This season’s flying by. Although it may feel like the lockout is long gone, the NHL season’s end is close and we have the lockout to blame. Under normal circumstances, the 30-game mark is just over one-third of the season, but instead we’re talking about the final third of the season. Don’t get me wrong. [...]

Would you trade one or both of these guys? For the right deal, I sure would!

Backchecking: To Trade or Not to Trade?

For the New York Islanders and the long suffering fans (of which I am one) the pain continues into 2013. A season that began with some hope, as in the past several seasons, is quickly sliding into oblivion once again. We can discuss any number of topics. A report in the New York Post suggesting [...]

NY ISLANDERS TRADE DRAMA: Garth Makes a CBA Cap Trade with the Bruins

NY ISLANDERS TRADE DRAMA: Garth Makes a CBA Cap Trade with the Bruins

  Got to give it to Islanders fans, they are damn passionate bunch. They desperately want to have this team and fortunes turn a corner so quickly. It’s why that start got hyped and overrated to the gills, and a 3 game slide is now a virtual apocalypse.   It is why news of a [...]

Isles Acquire Tim Thomas; Grabner Effect Alive in Loss to Rangers

Isles Acquire Tim Thomas; Grabner Effect Alive in Loss to Rangers

How’s it going, Isles fans? I had to bolt New York early this morning due to the upcoming snowstorm, so I’m writing from Miami. This may be the last you hear from me until February 16th, as I will be on a cruise as of February 9th. Anyways, after a day of traveling, I fell [...]

End of an Era: Bruins Deal Tim Thomas to Islanders

End of an Era: Bruins Deal Tim Thomas to Islanders

Late Friday afternoon, the Boston Bruins agreed to trade goaltender Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders in exchange for a conditional second round draft pick in either the 2014 or 2015 NHL Entry Draft. In doing so, B’s brass closed the book on what was one of the most unique and successful goaltending eras [...]

SPECIAL COMMENT: Sleepless in Bridgeport As Nino’s Agent Asks For Trade

SPECIAL COMMENT: Sleepless in Bridgeport As Nino’s Agent Asks For Trade

  What if someone you never saw do much in the NHL, someone who was finally properly developing in the AHL, and he and his agent were trying to strong-arm Garth Snow to get up into NHL or get traded?   Sleepless in Bridgeport… A Special Comment by B.D. Gallof   It was a quiet [...]

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: Horton Cleared, Julien Earns Extension, B’s Re-Up With CBS Boston

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: Horton Cleared, Julien Earns Extension, B’s Re-Up With CBS Boston

Bruins, Head Coach Claude Julien Agree To Terms On Contract Extension – Thirteen months ago, Claude Julien became the first Boston Bruins’ head coach to hoist the Stanley Cup above his head since Tom Johnson in May of 1972. The Blinder River, Ontario native was rewarded for his efforts this week, in receiving a brand [...]

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: Corvo, Zanon Depart On Day One Of Free Agency

Boston Bruins Offseason Notebook: Corvo, Zanon Depart On Day One Of Free Agency

While the Boston Bruins remained quiet on the July 1 opening of unrestricted free agency, three former members of the Black and Gold squad opted to sign elsewhere on Sunday. First up was defenseman Joe Corvo, who inked a new one-year pact worth a total of $2 million dollars with the Carolina Hurricanes. The 35-year-old [...]

Hockey Independent Offseason Predictions: Joker’s Wild; Four Big Name Players On The Move?

Hockey Independent Offseason Predictions: Joker’s Wild; Four Big Name Players On The Move?

Members of the Hockey Independent crew have come together again for another series of offseason articles for your reading pleasure. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils), Alex Muscat (Detroit Red Wings) and myself, Benjamin Woodward (Boston Bruins). Each of us have taken on [...]

Hockey Independent Offseason Predictions: Four Proposed Deals For Rick Nash

Hockey Independent Offseason Predictions: Four Proposed Deals For Rick Nash

Members of the Hockey Independent crew have come together again for another series of offseason articles for your reading pleasure. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils), Alex Muscat (Detroit Red Wings) and myself, Benjamin Woodward (Boston Bruins). Each of us have taken on [...]

Erik Karlsson: The Emergence Of A Superstar

Erik Karlsson: The Emergence Of A Superstar

For years, the face of ice hockey in the northern European nation of Sweden has been Ottawa Senators’ captain Daniel Alfredsson. He and recently retired defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom have been at the forefront of the efforts to develop the sport in Sweden since their arrival in the NHL in the early 1990′s. Alfredsson’s ten points [...]

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part IV: Extra Skaters/Call-Ups

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part IV: Extra Skaters/Call-Ups

Throughout the month of May, I will be providing you all with a four-part Boston Bruins’ postseason review, grading the performances of each and every player that donned the eight-spoked “B” during the 2011-’12 campaign. The schedule looks like this: Part I –> Top Six Forwards Part II –> Bottom Six Forwards Part III –> [...]

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Selections 11-15: Here Come The Europeans

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Selections 11-15: Here Come The Europeans

The Hockey Independent crew has come together again; this time to piece together a 2012 NHL Mock Draft for your reading pleasure. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils), Alex Muscat (Detroit Red Wings), Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) and myself, Benjamin Woodward (Boston [...]

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Selections 6-10; The Run On Defensemen Begins

2012 Hockey Independent Mock Draft: Selections 6-10; The Run On Defensemen Begins

The Hockey Independent crew has come together again; this time to piece together a 2012 NHL Mock Draft for your reading pleasure. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils), Alex Muscat (Detroit Red Wings), Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) and myself, Benjamin Woodward(Boston Bruins). [...]

Life Without Tim Thomas: Bruins Confirm “Strong Possibility” That Reigning Vezina Winner Will Sit Out Next Season

Life Without Tim Thomas: Bruins Confirm “Strong Possibility” That Reigning Vezina Winner Will Sit Out Next Season

When reports began to emanate on Thursday that Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was toying with the idea of taking a season off, many — including myself — simply shrugged it off in the belief that it was pure speculation on the part of the media. However, the tide took a major turn on Friday [...]

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part III: The Defensemen

Boston Bruins Postseason Report Cards: Part III: The Defensemen

Throughout the month of May, I will be providing you all with a four-part Boston Bruins’ postseason review, grading the performances of each and every player that donned the eight-spoked “B” during the 2011-’12 campaign. The schedule looks like this: Part I –> Top Six Forwards Part II –> Bottom Six Forwards Part III –> [...]