The Bruins and Avalanche traded bottom-six forwards just prior to Monday’s trade deadline, as the B’s sent Jordan Caron and a sixth-round pick to Colorado for Max Talbot and Weymouth native Paul Carey.

According to a source, the deal was struck just prior to Monday’s 3 p.m. cutoff.

The Bruins traded Jordan Caron prior to Monday’€™s trade deadline, WEEI.com has learned, with TSN’€™s Darren Dreger reporting Caron was part of a deal involving Avalanche center Max Talbot.

According to a source, the deal was struck just prior to Monday’s 3 p.m. cutoff, though it was not yet official, likely due to a wait line for a trade call.

In 11 games for Boston this season, Caron had no points. In 134 career NHL games, all with the Bruins, Caron has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. The most he played in an NHL season came in 2011-12, when he had seven goals and eight helpers for 15 assists in 48 games.

The Bruins drafted Caron with the 25th overall pick of the 2009 draft.

More to come’€¦

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins lost Craig Cunningham on waivers to Coyotes Monday, a league source confirmed to WEEI.com. The move was first reported by ESPN’€™s Pierre LeBrun.

Craig Cunningham

Craig Cunningham

The Bruins lost Craig Cunningham on waivers to Coyotes Monday, a league source confirmed to WEEI.com. The move was first reported by ESPN’€™s Pierre LeBrun.

Cunningham, who had two goals and an assist for three points in 32 games for Boston this season, was placed on waivers Saturday as the Bruins made room on their roster for potential additions. The team had also waived him prior to the season, with the player going unclaimed.

This marks the second time this season that the Bruins have lost a forward on waivers. Matt Fraser was claimed by the Oilers after the Bruins waived him in December. Fraser has three goals in 21 games for Edmonton since being claimed.

Cunningham is a bigger loss than Fraser was. The gritty, defensively sound forward spent time on Boston’s fourth line this season and appeared to be a clear favorite to center the line next season. Losing him for nothing hurts the Bruins going forward, even if it has minimal impact on this season.

The Bruins originally drafted Cunningham in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2010 draft. He played three seasons in Providence before splitting time between Providence and Boston this season.

Cunningham was named Providence’€™s captain prior to this season.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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.

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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Blog Author: 
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.

Blog Author: 
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.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean