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Brandon Carlo talks about his rumor-loaded summer

Ty Anderson
August 31, 2017 - 1:11 pm

Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo received a lot of texts this summer. But knowing what most of them were about, however, he chose to ignore the majority of them.

It was after missing all of the club’s first-round series against the Senators due to a concussion that the 20-year-old Carlo’s offseason became headlined by trade rumors that often circled him as the centerpiece of a return for disgruntled Avalanche forward Matt Duchene. And It was impossible for Carlo, a Colorado native, not to hear about it.

“Lots of friends and family just shooting me a message like, ‘Yo, did you hear this? Blah blah blah,’” he said of local inquiries on the rumors. “Overall I just kind of blew it off.

“I tried not to [pay attention to the rumors],” Carlo admitted. “It was my first year in the league so you kind of hear things and you never know because you don’t have much experience with that. For myself, I heard about it, and I tried to just stay away from it and focus on playing hockey. I love it here in Boston and I was hoping that I wouldn’t leave, so overall I just try to stay away from most of the media stuff because it’s more negative than positive if it takes a toll on you mentally during the season.”

Even so, the in-season rumor chatter did not derail Carlo the first time around (he was originally linked to the Avalanche in Gabriel Landeskog rumors), and he instead finished the season as one of three Bruins to play in all 82 regular-season games, and contributed six goals and 16 points while averaging 20:48 of time on ice per night.

But Carlo had no use for the media’s rumor updates either way, as he was given a strong vote of confidence and security from Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.

“Sweeney came up to me and reassured me that he wants me to be here,” Carlo revealed. “It’s pretty special to have a management group like that, and it makes you want to be part of the Bruins even more with a staff like that.

“You hear different stories from guys who have been on different teams in certain situations like that, and to have that communication is pretty key, and it just shows you how this organization runs,” Carlo continued. “It’s pretty great because it goes from them to us the players, and we have that connection to be able to talk to them and overall makes us more comfortable on the ice and able to do our jobs.”

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