NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB following Wednesday’s Wild-Bruins game and to talk about some recent trade rumors surrounding the Bruins.

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB following Wednesday’s Wild-Bruins game and to talk about some recent trade rumors surrounding the Bruins. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

One of those names rumored of late has been Blues right wing T.J. Oshie. During the first intermission on the NBC Sports broadcast last night Bob McKenzie mentioned Oshie being available. McGuire hadn’t heard such things, but said it would be a good fit for the Bruins if he was indeed made available.

“I did not know that he was available because I think that he is a very respected member of the St. Louis Blues organization,” said McGuire. “I didn’t know he was available and he may not be. It may be people talking. Bobby McKenzie when talks, he’s usually [right on mark]. It may be someone that Bobby knows and some of us don’t know. I would tell you that T.J. is a very, very good player who I think would be a very good Bruin, if and I stress this is a huge if because I know people like to listen and twist words. If available and the Bruins could get him, that would be an excellent acquisition. I will say this, I do not know that he is available.”

McGuire was in between the benches for the NBC Sports broadcast so had the best view of the game. He saw a lot of positive things from the Bruins, as they won for the first time in four games Wednesday night with a 3-2 overtime win in Minnesota.

“I was really impressed with a few things from the Bruins,” he said. “Number one, Zdeno Chara‘s vocal leadership on the bench — usually not very vocal — but when he is people usually listen. Last night he was very vocal, especially at the end of certain situations whether it was a penalty kill, a good chip in or a good line change. He was extremely vocal and a good leader. The return of David Krejci, you see the skill level and how it makes everyone around him better, but what it also does is it changes the batting order. Now [Patrice] Bergeron is not the No. 1, he’s No. 2. [Carl] Soderberg is not the No. 2, he’s the No. 3, Gregory Campbell‘s minutes are kind of dropping down and that allows he and Danny Paille to penalty kill a little bit better. That changes everything. I was really impressed that they hung in there because that 5-on-3 penalty kill I thought was the key to the game last night.”

Overall, the Bruins have lost six of their last eight games, but getting healthier and the difficult schedule they had to go through, McGuire still feels good about the team.

“I really like it a lot,” said McGuire. “I was really impressed with the maturity of the team last night. Obviously you’d like to get Jarome Iginla’s goals replaced, that is not happening that easily. You’d like to see that be become more constant in terms of Krejci, somebody — and this is not a knock on Seth Griffith who is a very good young player — I think first line right wing is a little bit too much for him right now. I think the Bruins would probably agree to that so you’d like to see them fill the hole there. But the rest of the roster I like, especially with everyone back and healthy. I know they missed Adam McQuaid and they miss him a lot. I do know one thing and I spent a lot of time with Dennis Seidenberg yesterday and his mindset is so strong and the players around him, their mindsets are so strong — I see this team starting to surge right now.”

McGuire continues to be amazed with Bergeron when he gets to watch him play, especially his quick decision-making on the ice.

“He never seizes to amaze me — how he processes the game,” said McGuire. “You know, it’s probably a lot like how Tom Brady breaks down a defense. This is how smart this guy is and this guy can do it going 25-30 miles per hour. It blows me away just how fast he processes the game.”

“I think if he can stay concussion free he’ll have a chance to play close to 35 or 40 (years old),” he added. “I do, but it comes down to the concussion thing.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.

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On Wednesday, the Bruins got three things Bruins fans thought they might never see again: three goals, a win and David Krejci.

On Wednesday, the Bruins got three things Bruins fans thought they might never see again: three goals, a win and David Krejci.

After an up-and-down showing from the B’s in Minnesota, Loui Eriksson took a feed from Carl Soderberg and tucked it behind Niklas Backstrom to give the Bruins a 3-2 overtime win (box) over the Wild. The win was Boston’€™s first in four games.

Krejci returned to the lineup after missing the last 11 games. He had one shot on goal and had a minus-13 even-strength Corsi, which was worst among Bruins forwards.

Krejci played a part in Minnesota’€™s game-tying goal in the third period. A turnover from Krejci in the defensive zone led to a Ryan Suter point shot that Niklas Svedberg stopped with his blocker. Zach Trotman picked up the rebound, but Jason Pominville whacked it away from Trotman and into the net to tie the game at two goals apiece.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday:

BRUINS STILL LIKE GRIFFITH WITH KREJCI

With Krejci returning to the top line, so too did Seth Griffith. The Bruins have played Griffith as their first-line right wing in every game Krejci has played this season, but they have generally used Griffith as a bottom-six player without Krejci.

It’€™s an odd choice on the Bruins’€™ part to not try other players with Krejci and Milan Lucic to determine how many potential in-house candidates the B’€™s have to fill their seemingly up-for-grabs first-line right wing job. The Bruins have still not tried Loui Eriksson with Krejci and Lucic this season.

The lines were as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Cunningham

SODERBERG SCORES… FINALLY

Smack dab in the middle of the offensively struggling Bruins has been Carl Soderberg, who went 15 games without a goal entering Wednesday’€™s game.

That changed in the first period, when Soderberg and Eriksson connected for the center’€™s sixth goal of the season. With Eriksson in front of the net, Soderberg fired a shot from the right circle that Eriksson stopped in front. Eriksson looked to be losing both his balance and the puck but was able to recover with a one-handed pass to Soderberg, who buried the puck to give Boston an early lead.

SVEDBERG SHINES

Niklas Svedberg was the best player on the ice, stopping 35 of the 37 shots he faced on the night.

The Wild got plenty of chances in the second period. Svedberg denied Mikael Granlund on a breakaway and bailed out Dougie Hamilton after Hamilton fell down with the puck in the offensive zone to lead to a four-on-two for the Wild. All in all Svedberg made 20 saves in the second period.

The start was Svedberg’s first since Dec. 2 against the Kings. His last four starts (and five appearances) have come on the road, as he last played in Boston on Oct. 23.

NOT GREGORY CAMPBELL‘S BEST NIGHT 

For the second time in a week, the Bruins saw a Western Conference team win the fourth-line battle.

On the very shift after the Bruins took a 1-0 lead, Kyle Brodziak walked through Campbell and fired a wrist shot that went off Dennis Seidenberg‘€™s stick and beat Svedberg short-side to tie the game.

Later in the period, Campbell went after Justin Falk after a hit he didn’€™t like, leading to a horrifyingly short-lived and boring fight. Campbell’€™s 7:30 of ice time on the night was his lowest total since he broke his leg in Game 3 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals.

The Bruins did draw a penalty on the Campbell line’€™s last shift of the game, as a Brett Sutter hit on Craig Cunningham earned an interference penalty.

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Keep dreaming. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Keep dreaming. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Bruins aren’€™t great and they aren’€™t going to be unless they make some sort of move. Here are some thoughts and some speculation, which I hate doing:

– As you’€™ve probably heard by now, the Oilers might not love Taylor Hall so much. He’€™s one of the best wings in the world and makes $6 million a year through 2019-20.

Sean Gentille of The Sporting News did a post on Hall and floated an idea of what it would cost to get Hall, with Dougie Hamilton, Malcolm Subban, Chris Kelly and a first-rounder making up his speculated package.

I wouldn’€™t trade Hamilton and the internet more or less agreed, but Gentille wasn’€™t wrong in suggesting that’s what it would take. Assuming the Oilers come close to knowing what they’€™re doing, Hamilton is the guy they should want if they were ever to talk trade with the B’€™s. Again, I wouldn’€™t do it.

Another thought on Hall: If the Bruins were to get him –€” which, no –€” you’€™d have to get rid of Milan Lucic or Brad Marchand, as Hall is a top-six left wing and so are they. Both Lucic and Marchand have modified no-trade clauses.

– My media buddy who thinks trading Tuukka Rask should be in play at any point ever is a nice person and also an incorrect person.

– It’€™s whizz or get off the pot time with Loui Eriksson. Either play him on a top line with David Krejci or trade him.

Eriksson’€™s a great third-line player who hasn’€™t gotten a long look with Krejci and Milan Lucic since he got to Boston. He doesn’€™t score, but the Bruins can either learn that he can with Krejci or they can see if there’€™s a team out there that believes he’€™s being underutilized with the B’€™s.

Once Krejci is back, the Bruins’€™ concern shouldn’€™t be breaking up their third line. It should be finding out whether they have the makings of a good first line.

– I have no idea what Ryan Spooner’s trade value is, but the Bruins would be able to get a lot if any of their fans became general managers.

– Eriksson also has trade protection. The Bruins with either no-trades, partial no-trades or no movements are: Patrice Bergeron, Lucic, Krejci, Marchand, Eriksson, Marc Savard, Chris Kelly, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Rask.

– Though the Bruins (less than $1 million in cap space) have to move a player who makes decent money in order to add anyone who makes decent money, their obvious area of strength when it comes to trade assets is affordable young defensemen. Dougie Hamilton should be the only one who they consider untouchable.

– Players cost money. You can’€™t say “€œJust get rid of Kelly ($3 million cap hit) and Bartkowski ($1.25 million cap hit) and you’€™ll have $4.25 million to spend.” Wrong. Someone has to take those roster spots, so assuming you moved two players to make room for one player, you’€™d still need to account for whoever would take that second player’€™s spot, so subtract at least $800,000-plus per additional player moved to get a decent idea of how much money they’€™d actually save. The league minimum is $550,000.

That’€™s why, in the case of slightly overpaid low-money guys (Gregory Campbell makes $1.6 million, Bartkowski makes $1.25), getting rid of a bunch of them really won’€™t save you a lot.

– Kelly is one of the few guys on this team with an apparent pulse. I wouldn’€™t be in any hurry to trade him.

– The Bruins had to stick Torey Krug and Reilly Smith with below-market one-year deals of $1.4 million this season. Both should be in their long-term plans, but they’€™re going to have a hard time paying all of their free-agents to be (RFAs Hamilton, Krug and Smith, UFA Carl Soderberg). If they can’€™t pay them all, they’€™d be plenty attractive to other teams.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins lost the battle of really, really good Finnish goalies Tuesday as they began their three-game road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators (box<

Pekka Rinne gave the Bruins trouble all night Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Pekka Rinne gave the Bruins trouble all night Tuesday. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Bruins lost the battle of really, really good Finnish goalies Tuesday as they began their three-game road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators (box).

Tuukka Rask had to bail out the Bruins throughout the night, but Pekka Rinne stood every bit as tall on the other end before stopping Brad Marchand, Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron in the shootout. Derek Roy scored the only goal of the shootout for the Predators.

Rask had 38 saves on the night, with Rinne stopping 33 of the 35 he faced from the B’€™s.

With the shootout loss, the Bruins fell to 15-13-3. They are now 8-9-3 on the season without David Krejci, who sat again Tuesday.

Here are four more things we learned Tuesday night:

REILLY SMITH IS A STREAKY GOAL-SCORER

Smith scored an absolute beauty of a goal in the third period, going past James Neal to the net and stickhandling backhand to forehand and sliding it across, off the post and in. The goal gave him eight on the season to tie Brad Marchand for the team lead.

The goal was also Smith’€™s fourth tally in the last five games after going 10 straight games without a point. He scored in two straight games prior to that point-less stretch.

This isn’€™t the first example of streakiness from Smith with the Bruins, of course. He raced out to 18 goals in the first 52 games of last season before scoring just twice more over the next 30 games.

MILAN LUCIC GIVETH, MILAN LUCIC TAKETH A BAD PENALTY

Lucic scored his sixth goal of the season when he got the Bruins on the board following the expiration of a power play in the second period. He was relentless in front of the net, jumping on a rebound of a Chris Kelly shot and then getting his own rebound to eventually bury a third-chance effort past Pekka Rinne.

That was the good Lucic. The bad came late in the period when he took a painfully obvious hooking penalty against Seth Jones in the offensive zone to give Nashville a power play with 1:01 remaining in the period. The penalty led to a Mike Fisher goal that game off a Shea Weber wrist shot with Fisher in front of Tuukka Rask.

The penalty was unnecessary and easily avoidable, as Lucic also cross-checked Jones when he got to him before providing ample stick-work.

The Lucic-Kelly-Cunningham line was also on the ice for Mike Ribeiro’€™s third-period goal. Lucic was called on a questionable slash minutes later.

Overtime was a mixed bag for Lucic, as he had a turnover in the defensive zone in overtime that led to a scoring chance that Tuukka Rask would stop. Later on the shift, he picked off a pass in the neutral zone and raced into the zone before being stopped by Rinne.

THE BRUINS GET THREE (3) POWER PLAYS

Claude Julien has lamented the lack of penalties called against opposing teams this season. Tuesday might have been the greatest night of his life.

The Bruins were give not one, not two, but three power plays Tuesday, marking the first time in six games that they got three cracks at playing with a man advantage. The B’€™s more or less wasted a pair of power plays from Colin Wilson high-sticking calls, but their second-period power play saw them land four shots on net, with Lucic’€™s even-strength goal coming shortly thereafter.

THEY STILL AREN’€™T PLAYING JOE MORROW

Reporters on hand for Tuesday’€™s morning skate expected Joe Morrow to be in the lineup after seeing him skate alongside Dennis Seidenberg for the non-contact practice. Apparently Claude Julien was just messing with everyone, as he kept Zach Trotman in the lineup and Morrow in the press box Tuesday night.

That makes it five of six games as a healthy scratch for Morrow, who has played well in his 15 games and has seemingly done nothing to earn himself press box time other than being a left-shot.

Claude Julien clearly likes Trotman a lot, and with Adam McQuaid working his way back from a broken thumb, ice time for Morrow could end up being even tougher to get.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Seth Griffith

Seth Griffith

When players get called up to the NHL, it’€™s typical for them to play in lesser roles before working their way up to higher lines. It’€™s been the opposite for Seth Griffith.

With only scored three goals through their first three games of the season, the Bruins recalled Griffith from Providence to play on their first line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Griffith, a second-year pro, has been Krejci’€™s right wing in all 11 of Krejci’€™s games this season.

Yet Krejci, who may be nearing a return to the lineup, has missed a lot of time due to injury and the Bruins haven’€™t been as confident in Griffith as a first-line player when No. 46 hasn’€™t been centering him.

The last two games, Griffith has been on Boston’€™s fourth line in place of the absent Simon Gagne. Griffith, who scored as many as 45 goals in a season in his junior days, is not a prototypical fourth-line grinder. Protypical or not, however, he’s a fourth-liner.

“€œFor now,”€ Claude Julien said Monday. “€œWe don’€™t have any extra forwards and we’€™d still like to be able to see our fourth line be able to bring some offense, so that’€™s why we put him there. That line was actually pretty good with Simon Gagne, and Simon Gagne’€™s been a top-line player his whole career.”

With all due respect to Julien, that line was not pretty good. The trio of Gregory Campbell between Daniel Paille and Gagne struggled in much of its time together, though it turned a corner on this month’€™s California trip.

Going from a top-line to a bottom line can be quite the adjustment. For one, you have to deal with playing fewer minutes. In most cases, you’€™re also working with less skilled players around you and opposing different types of players. Elite scorers who skate on top lines can be easier to oppose when you have the puck, as many top-liners are there mostly on offensive merit. The bottom-six is a working man’€™s game.

Guys like Brad Marchand in 2010-11 had to hone their craft in such roles before graduating to higher lines.

“€œI think it’€™s just going to help me,”€ Griffith said. “It’€™s my first year in the league. You look at this whole lineup; everybody plays hard. It’€™s not like it’€™s really a fourth-line role. You’€™re playing the same.

“€œYou’€™re just trying to play hard every shift. If you want to be in this league a long time, you’€™ve got to learn to do little things like that. It’€™s just something that can help improve my game, if anything.”

The Bruins’€™ attempts at changing their fourth line from the Merlot Line days have been unsuccessful so far, and Griffith has been unsuccessful without Krejci so far. The 21-year-old has five points (three goals, two assists) when Krejci’€™s been in the lineup and two points (both goals) in 11 games without Krejci.

The Bruins have used Krejci on a couple different lines in practice over the last week, but Griffith hasn’€™t been a part of them. His return could either return Griffith to the first line or move him out of the lineup altogether (Craig Cunningham is more of a prototypical fourth-liner), but for now, Griffith will take whatever minutes he can get.

“Griff is a pretty smart player,” Julien said. “It’€™s not the same definition as what we had before ‘€” bang and crash and that kind of stuff ‘€” but that’€™s where he fits right now.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean