We talk Bruins hockey with the great Jack Edwards of NESN. Bruins losing streak, Malcolm Subban, and trade-deadline deals are all on the table.

[0:00:28] ... confidence rebuilding effort against the next worst team in the league the Edmonton Oilers. I know that we we were sort of talking about this on our our nest in conference call earlier today. Have you ...
[0:03:55] ... you. Who were who were untouchables in the broad. Who grew out Patrice Bergeron. You know it. You can you could say that charge on possible but it. The reason he's untouchable is because he's going ...
[0:04:29] ... stability that veterans are franchise defenseman deserve to have. And and as Zdeno Chara certainly deserve that his last contract negotiation that's just the fact. The retail valuable player when he comes up for contract is ...
[0:07:28] ... Jack Edwards so live from Edmonton with the Bruins take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight. I'm unless quote updated you guys on Kevin Miller's situation. All I know was that he came back to Boston to get to shoulder looked at re injured at the other night and Calgary. He suffered a separated shoulder earlier in the season and a fight in buffalo so it stands to reason that he's probably not in great shape. You might need some help on defense I got to move for you Jack. Put Andrew Ference on that plane back to two Saint Louis and Chicago. Make a deal with the Edmonton Oilers for a guy who is a veteran captain guy but they might be willing to part with it. Yeah well maybe. But ...






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Sportsnet’€™s Nick Kypreos reported Tuesday night that the Bruins are considering trading defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and right wing Loui Eriksson prior to the March 2 trade deadline.

Kypreos said the motivation behind trading both players is to free up cap space for a potential addition this season or to have more space in the offseason when they have to re-sign a number of players.

‘€œThey still want to add a depth forward, a guy that can give them a bit of a presence, so what does that mean? They’€™ve got to still move some salary out and the name I’€™m hearing now is Dennis Seidenberg,’€ Kypreos said. ‘€œHe’€™s been a great guy for them the last few years, really solidified himself there with Chara the last few years as a pair, but he still has $12 million to go on a contract, and he’€™s not that well. Something’€™s got to give, maybe they’€™ve got to move him out before they can move someone else.’€

Kypreos went on to say that Eriksson’s name is “out there” in trade discussions as well.

Seidenberg, 33, is in the first year of a four-year, $16 million deal, while the 29-year-old Eriksson is signed through next season at a $4.25 million cap hit. Both players have no-trade clauses and would need to approve any potential move.

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Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

If this callup for Malcolm Subban is a “showcase,” it had better not have anything to do with this season.

Subban is a goaltending prospect, which means you can flip a coin as to whether he’€™ll be a Vezina winner or just another guy, but he’€™s a highly regarded prospect nonetheless. Tuukka Rask is signed at a very reasonable $7 million for six more years after this season and Subban will be NHL-ready before that. For a team that’€™s set at goaltender, he’€™s a great chip to have if they are so inclined to move him.

But not for a two-month rental. If the Bruins want teams to have some video of Subban in case they talk trade in the offseason, fine. Airplanes exist and scouts are allowed to watch AHL games, but sure. By all means. Let teams watch him play in an NHL game against the second-worst team in the NHL (and one of the nine that scores less than the Bruins).

We’€™ve already outlined that the Bruins should absolutely not move anything of significant value at the trade deadline. They should take their chances as is in a weak Eastern Conference this postseason with the understanding that this has turned into a transition year. If guys start performing like their usual selves in April and May, they’€™re capable of beating any Eastern Conference team that doesn’€™t a C and an H on their sweaters, but they’€™re better off waiting until the cap goes up and they aren’€™t paying nearly $5 million in overages before they go out and start trading good young guys.

What would the Bruins even move Subban for this season? The Sabres reportedly asked for him in exchange for Chris Stewart, which they must have known was a ridiculous request. Stewart, an inconsistent right wing whose motivation probably hasn’€™t matched his talent over the last three years, might be the type of addition the Bruins should make at the deadline, but only because he realistically should only cost a mid-round pick and/or a mid-level prospect.

The team’€™s needs (if they go for it, which again, they probably shouldn’€™t) are a top-four defenseman, a potential first-line right wing and anything that can fix the fourth line. Subban maybe gets you one of those things in this seller’€™s market. Unless there’€™s an affordable player at one of those positions that’€™s controllable beyond this season, there’€™s really no point in using such a good piece now while the prices are high.

Playing Subban Wednesday could bring something the Bruins need as much as anything else: a win. You’€™d certainly hope the Bruins would be able to beat the Oilers on any night anyway, but the Bruins have been positively dreadful in front of Tuukka Rask the last four games. Playing a backup goaltender can be an effective means of getting a team to pay better attention defensively, and right now Subban might be better than Niklas Svedberg, who has been pulled from two of his last three starts.

Subban might not be a big part of the Bruins’€™ 2014-15 season, but he can impact future ones far more than he would by fetching a rental over the next couple months.

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Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Edmonton Tuesday that defenseman Kevan Miller has been sent back to Boston and will not play the final three games of the team’s current road trip after re-injuring his

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Edmonton Tuesday that defenseman Kevan Miller has been sent back to Boston and will not play the final three games of the team’s current road trip after re-injuring his right shoulder. Miller will undergo evaluation on the shoulder back in Boston.

Miller initially dislocated his shoulder in a fight in the Bruins’ Oct. 18 meeting with the Sabres and missed the next 13 games. He appeared to reinjure the shoulder in the second period of Monday’s game in Calgary and did not return.

The Bruins have yet to recall a defenseman, but Zach Trotman would be the most likely candidate. Trotman, a right shot, plays the same side as Miller and has already played 17 games for Boston this season.

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Hockey Night in Canada NHL insider Elliotte Friedman joined Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the Bruins recent struggles, the recall of goaltender Malcolm Subban, and if he could start as soon as Wednesday against Edmonton.

Hockey Night in Canada NHL insider Elliotte Friedman joined Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the Bruins recent struggles, the recall of goaltender Malcolm Subban, and if he could start as soon as Wednesday against Edmonton. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Subban, a second-year pro whom the B’€™€™s drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft, is coming off a stint in which he spent four games with the B’€™€™s as Tuukka Rask‘€˜€™s backup while Niklas Svedberg was in Providence on a conditioning loan. Subban did not play during the stretch, but was officially recalled again Monday night.

It seems likely Subban will be in net Wednesday night when the Bruins take on the Oilers, as Edmonton has shown interest in the second-year goaltender.

“I don’t believe in coincidences, I don’t,” Friedman said. “When he gets called up and it is for this particular game, and you know [Claude] Julien, he doesn’t like to tell the media which goaltender is playing, this one is kind of odd. I have been told to expect him to play. I mean you never know until he actually shows up at the rink and skates out there as the starting goaltender, but there certainly is — and there was report last night that he was going to play and I believe that is true. Things can change, but I don’t believe in coincidences.

“We have been hearing all year that teams have been asking a bit about Malcolm Subban and I 100 percent believe that Buffalo, which is an organization that is really on goaltending, asked about him when they were talking about Chris Stewart and/or Drew Stafford, which was another player the Sabres kind of looked at and they were flat out rejected. Edmonton is another team that is going to be trying to change their goaltending mix this offseason.

“I think there is some degree of showcase here and I am sure Edmonton wants to see him against NHL shooters. I think it is very dangerous though to make a determination on a player based on one NHL start. There is no question that the Oilers want to see what they could be potentially trading for here.”

As for the Bruins’ struggles, Friedman sees a different team than Bruins’ teams from the past.

“They have turned over the roster a bit and I remember the first time I saw them this year in Toronto, I was like ‘Wow. These guys look young and a lot of them aren’t very big.’ They’ve played a certain style for a long time and it is getting harder for them to play that style,” he said. “That is why I think you have Peter Chiarelli kind of looking around seeing what is possible to do out there. They have cap issues, the whole league is going to have cap issues this summer, or at least most of the teams will. It is hard to make changes. I look at the Bruins as a bit of a team in transition and until they figure out to wade this way through and [until they] decide who are their core guys there might be a little more of this.”

Even with the way the Bruins have played lately, currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 64 points, with the exception of Montreal, Friedman believes no team wants to see the Bruins in the playoffs for a seven-game series.

“I can tell you this though, aside from Montreal who has their number, I don’t think anyone wants to see them in the playoffs,” said Friedman. “You get a seven-game series with [Tuukka] Rask and some of the top players they still have, you’re sitting there still saying, ‘This is going to be a battle.’ Although, Montreal just toys with them because of all their speed for whatever reason.”

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The example of Murphy’€™s Law that is the 2014-15 Boston Bruins season really outdid itself Monday night.