Barry Melrose

Barry Melrose

ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose joined Middays with MFB to discuss the NHL trade deadline and the Bruins’ playoff prospects heading into the stretch run. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Sunday night, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli traded two second-round draft picks to the Lightning for 22-year-old forward Brett Connolly.

“I like Connolly,” Melrose said. “He’s a good young player. I think he’s certainly somebody down the road that could play some big minutes for the Boston Bruins. But I don’t know if he’s good enough to put them in the playoffs.”

Added Melrose: “[Connolly] is a good player, he’s a good young kid, he’s been successful where he’s been, but he’s not ready to change the fortunes of the Boston Bruins right now.”

The trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m., and the Bruins still have time to make another deal.

“Make a deal, get a player that you need to make your team better,” Melrose said, discussing whether the Bruins will make more moves before the deadline. “Get [David] Krejci back, and all of a sudden you become a really good team instead of just a team hoping to make the playoffs.”

The Bruins currently occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers, who recently added future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr, are just two points behind.

“You saw Jagr go to Florida, Florida’s won two games since that’s happened,” Melrose said, adding: “It basically comes down to a playoff battle between Boston and Florida, and I think they play each three times yet. I just think Boston’s got to do more to make sure that they make a playoff spot.”

Added Melrose: “If the Boston Bruins miss the playoffs right now, probably some people will lose their jobs.”

However, Melrose believes that the Bruins will be able to hold on and finish the regular season in playoff position.

“I just can’t believe that [the Bruins] will be outplayed the last 20 games of the season by the Florida Panthers,” Melrose said.

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Nik Beimler

In a market that has seen some just-OK players move for high draft picks and top prospects, the Canadiens got perhaps the most reasonable deal of any team that has rented at the trade deadline.

The Habs acquired some much-needed help on their woeful blueline by landing Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry, who was the best remaining defenseman among the names expected to be traded. For his services, Montreal parted with a second-round pick and a conditional fifth that will become a fourth or third depending on whether Montreal wins zero, one or two rounds in the postseason.

TSN’€™s Ryan Rishaug was the first to report the trade and its terms.

Though their need on the back end isn’€™t as desperate as Montreal’€™s, the Bruins’€™ biggest need is defense. The fact that Petry is a rental could have deterred Boston from making a similar deal. The Bruins’€™ only move to this point has been for a controllable player in pending restricted free agent Brett Connolly.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins announced early Monday that they have acquired forward Brett Connolly from the Lightning for their second-round picks in the next two drafts.

Brett Connolly

Brett Connolly

The Bruins announced early Monday that they have acquired forward Brett Connolly from the Lightning for their second-round picks in the next two drafts.

Connolly, 22, has 12 goals, three assists and 38 penalty minutes in 50 games this season. In his 134-game career, he has 18 goals, 14 assists and 72 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-2, 181-pounder tied for third in the AHL with 31 goals during the 2012-13 season as a member of the Syracuse Crunch. His 63 points ranked ninth.

Connolly was drafted sixth overall by the Lightning in 2010.

General manager Peter Chiarelli will hold a press conference Monday at 5 p.m. to discuss the deal.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

The Rangers have acquired Keith Yandle from the Coyotes, according to multiple reports.

According to TSN’€™s Darren Dreger, New York sent its 2016 first-round pick, a second-round pick, top forward prospect Anthony Duclair and defenseman John Moore for Yandle, defenseman Chris Summers and a 2015 fourth-round pick. The Coyotes will reportedly retain half of Yandle’€™s salary, meaning the Rangers will only be charged half of the defenseman’€™s $5.25 million cap hit through next season before Yandle hits free agency.

The large haul brought in by the Coyotes for Yandle adds to a big trade deadline for the Arizona. The Coyotes received a first-round pick and defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck from the Blackhawks for center Antoine Vermette Saturday.

With the moves made, the Coyotes now have two first-round picks in each of the next two drafts. Additionally, they have the third-lowest point total in the NHL and stand a good chance of plummeting further in the race for Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins are making room for potential trade acquisitions, as the team opened a roster spot Sunday by placing Craig Cunningham on waivers with the intention of assigning him to Providence, TSN’€™s Bob McKenzie reported.

Waivers: Rene Bourque (ANA), Craig Cunningham (BOS), Paul Carey (COL), Keith Aulie (EDM), Tye McGinn (SJS).

The Bruins are making room for potential trade acquisitions, as the team opened a roster spot Sunday by placing Craig Cunningham on waivers with the intention of assigning him to Providence, TSN’€™s Bob McKenzie reported.

Cunningham’€™s removal leaves the Bruins with 21 players on their active roster, meaning the team has two open spots it can fill before reaching the 23-man limit.

The Bruins have been burned by waivers recently, however, as the Oilers picked up Matt Fraser when the B’€™s waived him in December.

Cunningham would seem to have a future with the Bruins should they keep him, as he would be an ideal fourth-line center for the team in the coming seasons. Chris Kelly is currently centering the fourth line at the moment, a luxury for the B’€™s as they try to solidify their bottom-six.

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DJ Bean
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.

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[0:24:57] ... I love Carey Price the way that you think close Julian loves Gregory Campbell I think about accents I would I have all about Carey Price and he's the vezina winner this year. He it if ...

Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.

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[0:03:33] ... But that really tells you. What other players thought of him for Chris Kelly to come out and really go on his way to say look. This is a guy that would really help was probably ...
[0:04:21] ... years ago. And it was for a second round pick they got Chris Kelly who was good in the room kills penalties. Good on face offs. That they've already made that type of acquisition before and ...
[0:21:27] ... the fourth line going up. The fourth line right now is awesome. Chris Kelly centering Brian Furlan he's been very good in whoever left wing of its carotid fine if it's Daniel hi fine. I don't touch that fourth line though they don't need help on the fourth line. I think that if you go get a for it to get away you get someone for the left wing of that third line. Median Erik Cole. Play him with Soderbergh in Ericsson. In coal is old a gaffe and he's he can only score could do nothing else ...

Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.

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[0:03:08] ... couple of teams like that. Geoff Petrie has to go for the Edmonton Oilers seed doesn't look like he's gonna sit there long term. As a manic Michaela. From Arizona has to go. You know another ...
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