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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DJ Bean
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.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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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DJ Bean

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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WEEI

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

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

After bouncing back from Friday night’€™s embarrassing loss to the Canucks with an inspired effort through two periods, the Bruins saw Calgary march back to tie the game in the third period and beat the B’€™s on a flukey goal with less than two seconds to play in overtime.

With the final seconds ticking down, TJ Brodie tossed a lazy backhand shot towards the net from a bad angle that went off Brad Marchand‘€™s stick and up towards the net, then hit the top of the net and Tuukka Rask‘€™s back before finally going in to give Calgary the 4-3 overtime win (box). The loss was Boston’€™s fourth straight (0-3-1) and fifth in the last four games (1-4-1).

After pulling Karri Ramo following Boston’€™s third goal, the Flames and Jonas Hiller did not allow another goal as Calgary scored three unanswered goals in regulation to tie the game and force overtime.

The Flames finished their comeback on a power play goal after David Pastrnak took a high-sticking penalty with 14:42. Norris favorite Mark Giordano fired a snap shot from the top of the zone that went off Jiri Hudler in front and past Tuukka Rask to make it 3-3.

The Bruins will next play Wednesday in Edmonton.

Here are four more things we learned Monday:

MILLER LEAVES

Kevan Miller left the game late in the second period and did not return. The second-year NHLer took a hit midway through the second that could have led to his exit, though he took two shifts after that.

Miller missed 12 games earlier this season with a dislocated right shoulder suffered in a fight on Oct. 18. He admitted recently that he will need offseason surgery on the shoulder and that he has been advised to not fight the rest of the season.

BARTKOWSKI RETURNS

Matt Bartkowski’€™s lengthy stretch as a healthy scratch ended at 17 games Monday when Claude Julien inserted him into the lineup in favor of Adam McQuaid.

Bartkowski played on Dennis Seidenberg‘€™s pairing, as he did for a six-game stretch back in late December. He had an ugly go of it as he left Jiri Hudler all alone to score the Flames’€™ second goal, which made it a one-goal game in the third. He played only three more shifts in the final 16:38 of the third period, but Julien gave him a shift in overtime with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson.

PENALTY KILL STRIKES AGAIN

Bergeron and Marchand connected for their second shorthanded goal in less than a week when Bergeron picked off a T.J. Brodie drop-pass in the neutral zone and flew into the Calgary zone while Chris Kelly served a holding penalty. Bergeron then fed Marchand, who finished the play for his 16th goal of the season.

Last week against the Stars, Marchand assisted a Bergeron shorthanded goal early in the second period against the Stars.

STEP FORWARD AND BACK FOR HAMILTON

Dougie Hamilton made a regrettable pass across the front of the net the first period Friday that turned into a Shawn Matthias goal. Hamilton had a much better first period Monday, as he took a pass from David Pastrnak on the wall, wheeled behind the net and fed Zdeno Chara, who blasted a slapshot past Ramo to make it 2-0.

Unfortunately for Hamilton, the good vibes wouldn’€™t last, as he got turned around a bit as David Jones took the puck behind him on the way to the net before scoring to cut what was then a three-goal Boston lead to two. Hamilton also had a bad giveaway to Curtis Glencross late in the third period.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

[UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.] The Bruins have recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from Providence. He will join the team for practice Tuesday in Edmonton. Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reported the news of Subban’s impending callup earlier in the day.

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Calgary Monday that goaltender Malcolm Subban is expected to be recalled at some point during the team’€™s current road trip, but that he will not be with the team for Monday’s game. Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reported the news earlier in the day.

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.

In 24 games for Providence this season, Subban is 10-10-3 with a .920 save percentage and 2.47 goals-against average.

Svedberg has struggled in the scarce playing time he’s received. Though he recorded a 14-save shutout on Jan. 14, the performance was bookended by outings in which he was pulled early. He was removed from a Dec. 27 loss to the Blue Jackets in the second period and lasted only a period last Tuesday against the Stars. Svedberg was yanked after allowing three goals in each of those outings.

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DJ Bean