Max Talbot it coming from a disappointing Avalanche team. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Max Talbot it coming from a disappointing Avalanche team. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Maxime Talbot was having a weird season with the Avalanche. The team fell short of expectations and he wasn’€™t getting as many bounces as he’€™d like.

He’€™ll fit right in with the Bruins.

Talbot now joins a Boston team that knows a thing or two about underachieving. Everyone in the room has something to prove over the final 20 games of the season, Talbot included.

After winning the Central Division and finishing with the third-most points in the NHL last season, Colorado management put the pedal to the metal by signing Jarome Iginla and trading for Brad Stuart. The team’€™s performance took a mammoth step back, however, as the Avalanche sat 12th in the Western Conference entering Wednesday’€™s games.

In that sense, Talbot has gone from one underperforming team to another.

“They go from not making the playoffs to Patty Roy coming in and having an outstanding season and then you get to the season this year with the momentum and the rhythm of last year and you never lift off and then you’€™re like, ‘€˜Ah,’€™ and you’€™re chasing your tail all season,” Talbot said.

“Winning comes with expectations, and I think we’€™d created expectations, which are a good thing, because it means you’€™re turning a corner and you’€™re becoming a winning team,” he added. “This year, I can’€™t pinpoint what happened.”

Talbot figures to serve as a fourth-liner for the Bruins. On Wednesday he skated on the right wing of the fourth line, which had Chris Kelly at center and Daniel Paille at left wing. That line will likely change now that Brett Connolly is out, as Kelly and Paille would appear to be the most likely candidates to move up to Carl Soderberg’€™s line to replace Connolly.

In 63 games with the Avs this season, Talbot scored five goals and added 10 assists for 15 points. His .23 point-per-game pace puts him behind the .35 clip at which he produced last season (25 points in 70 games).

As Talbot puts it, “offense is a bonus” in his game. He says he’€™ll do whatever he can — blocking shots, killing penalties, whatever Claude Julien asks of him — and hopes to make an impact.

“It’€™s more than personally, it’€™s about winning games,” he said. “It’€™s one thing and you don’€™t score and you win. It’€™s a different thing when you don’€™t score and you lose. It is refreshing to see new faces and have new teammates and try to get chemistry with different guys. I’€™m looking forward to it.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

This is a picture of Brett Connolly in a Lightning uniform because he never got the chance to have a picture taken of him in a Bruins uniform. (Getty Images)In case you needed proof that this year just might not be the year for the Bruins, Wednesday happened. 



Bruins right wing Brett Connolly is out six weeks with a broken finger suffered in Wednesday’s practice, a league source has told WEEI.com.

According to a league source, Bruins forward Brett Connolly is out six weeks with a broken finger suffered in Wednesday’s practice.

Connolly was hit in the right hand with a Dennis Seidenberg shot in what was his second practice with the team since being acquired for two second-round picks Monday.

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DJ Bean

WILMINGTON — Brett Connolly left Wednesday’s practice after getting hit in the right hand/wrist area by a shot from Dennis Seidenberg.

Brett Connolly

Brett Connolly

WILMINGTON — Brett Connolly left Wednesday’s practice after getting hit in the right hand/wrist area by a shot from Dennis Seidenberg.

After getting hit with the puck, Connolly took off his right glove and examined where he was hit before eventually leaving the ice. He did not return to practice, with Claude Julien giving little information on the recently acquired right wing’s status.

“He got hit in the hand with a puck, so he’s gone to see our team doctor to be evaluated,” Julien said.

Connolly had been skating on the right wing of Carl Soderberg’s line in Wednesday’s practice. His presence on the right side moved usual right wing Loui Eriksson to the left side.

Gregory Campbell took contact Wednesday, though Claude Julien said he is “doubtful” for Thursday’s game and that the B’s may take their time with returning him to the lineup given the number of available forwards they have.

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DJ Bean
Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid

WILMINGTON — Max Talbot participated in his first practice as a Bruin on Wednesday, while Adam McQuaid returned to the ice after three days off.

With Talbot and McQuaid on the ice, all players were present. Talbot skated on the fourth line, where he could be part of a bottom-line rotation. Gregory Campbell, who as of Monday was not yet cleared for contact, served as the extra forward on Ryan Spooner’€™s line.

A day after skating on the fourth line, Brett Connolly skated as Carl Soderberg’€™s right wing, which moved Loui Eriksson to left wing on the line.

The lines and defensive parings in practice were as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Lucic-Spooner-Pastrnak (Campbell)
Connolly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Paille-Kelly-Talbot (Ferlin)

Chara-Hamilton
Bartkowski-Seidenberg
Krug-McQuaid

 

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DJ Bean

ESPN’€™s Pierre LeBrun wrote a story Tuesday that commended the Bruins for the hockey deal they made by getting Brett Connolly, but also revealed a couple of not-so-smart trade proposals the team sent out for a not-so-great player.

Ryan Spooner

Ryan Spooner

ESPN’€™s Pierre LeBrun wrote a story Tuesday that commended the Bruins for the hockey deal they made by getting Brett Connolly, but also revealed a couple of not-so-smart trade proposals the team sent out for a not-so-great player.

As had been reported throughout the season, the Bruins long had interest in then-Sabres forward Chris Stewart. LeBrun wrote that the Bruins offered at least two different packages involving good draft picks for the player but were rebuffed. The Sabres held out too long for a better deal and, after the Bruins got Connolly instead, Buffalo settled for a 2017 second-rounder from the Wild. The Sabres also had to retain half of Stewart’€™s salary.

From LeBrun:

A source told ESPN.com that on Saturday the Bruins offered the Sabres two second-round picks in exchange for Stewart, goalie Michal Neuvirth and depth forward Brian Flynn. Obviously that deal wasn’t accepted, the Sabres wanting a specific prospect that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli just didn’t want to give up, feeling it was too high a price to pay.

Once Boston moved on Connolly overnight Sunday with the cost being two-second picks going to the Lightning, the bigger-package deal with the Sabres was off the table.

But even as far back as on the eve of the season, back in early October, the Bruins are believed to have offered Ryan Spooner and a second-round pick for Stewart. Murray decided to wait for a better offer. And again, the Sabres GM could very well have got that better offer in other years, it just didn’t play out that way this time.

Moving Spooner or a mid-round pick for Stewart wouldn’t have been the end of the world. Moving Spooner and a second-rounder would have been silly, especially considering Stewart’s difficulty staying motivated and the fact that he will be a free agent after the season. Chiarelli owes Tim Murray for turning those offers down, as they were both far better than what Buffalo ended up getting for Stewart.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins might be wise to explore trading Dennis Seidenberg this offseason. By all indications, they didn’€™t try it at the trade deadline.

Nick Kypreos speculated on Sportsnet last month that the Bruins were trying to dump Seidenberg in order to shed cap space before the trade deadline, but that was likely untrue. The Bruins never approached Seidenberg about waiving his no-trade clause and the team was not going to sell this season.

Still, it got Seidenberg’€™s attention.

“When your name pops up, you always think, but I hadn’€™t heard anything from here, which is the most important thing,” Seidenberg said Tuesday. “[The media’€™s] job is to write stuff and get conversation going, and people jump on that.”

Seidenberg is in the first year of a four-year, $16 million deal. He has a no-trade clause that he has said in the past he’€™d waive if the Bruins asked him to. His goal, however, is for it to not come to that.

“You can never feel safe no matter what ‘€” if you have a no-trade clause or not,” the 33-year-old said. “That’€™s why you always want to play your guts out and try to do your best to make it as hard as possible for them to trade you.”

Even if a team in better playoff standing had traded for the veteran defenseman, Seidenberg said that he considers the Bruins to be in as good a shape for a deep run as anyone else.

“This is where I want to be,” Seidenberg said. “This is the team I want to be on. I never doubted that I was going to leave. We’€™re a very tight group, and we’€™re going to pick it up and we’€™re going to play solid hockey. We all want to and hopefully it will happen.”

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DJ Bean