Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Replica For Sale

By: Mark Allred                   Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

For the longest time, the Boston Bruins would use the Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Massachusetts as a practice facility and summer offseason development camps and Main camps for close to thirty years but now with an updated training regiment for today’s athletes, a facility upgrade was much needed. The Ristuccia housed the B’s training events in a facility that was 7,900 sq ft which included ice surface and locker room/weight training area. The new Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Massachusetts houses 75 thousand sq ft of ice/seating arena and 25 thousand square feet dedicated to the locker room and top of the line training area that could seemingly be an attraction for incoming free agents and prospects that surround themselves in the pro-environment.

With the B’s being removed for over a year now the name-stay for the Ristuccia building since the B’s won the Stanley Cup in 2011 is being sold. After the Cup win, the Ristuccia facility dedicated a replica of the world famous trophy in honor of the team that brought the cup back after 39 long years.

Jimmy Murphy host of CLNSMedia.com’s  Bruins Beat Podcast and soon to debut The Murphy’s Law Podcast on @MuphsHockeyLaw  Tweeted this out earlier today with details on how to own this piece of history for yourselves.

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Would definitely make a great conversation piece around a diehard Bruins fans home or that ultimate look on customers faces when they walk into your company or place of Business.

Just an idea of the changes made for those who haven’t made the trip to the new Warrior Ice Arena facility. The order below will go with images from the Ristuccia Memorial Rink first, then end with the upgraded training center.

Ristucccia Arena

The Bruins organization held a Development Camp Day at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington on Thursday. This was the last event held at the arena that they have been using since the late 80’s. SUN/JOHN LOVE

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Dissecting The 2017-18 Providence Bruins Roster

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By: Mark Allred                       Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

Last season the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins surprised many in the Calder Cup Playoffs as a fourth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference after posting a 43-23-6-4 2016-17 regular season record and won the first two rounds against teams that have burdened them in recent postseason play. Beating the powerful Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins who were the best team in the regular season with 107 points in the first round best-of-five series was an accomplishment in itself but set the tone for a second round matchup against the Hershey Bears who in the past haven’t been pushovers when it comes to the “second season” of play.

Going the seven-game distance against the Bears and winning the series 4-3 might’ve taken too much out of the team when they played the Syracuse Crunch in the Conference Finals as the B’s looked fatigued losing the best-of-seven tilt 4-1 ending the Baby B’s run to a Calder Cup Final, a feat the organization last saw when they won the Calder Cup in 1998-99.

A third round appearance and exit for this Providence team last year was nothing to be down about as the top minor-pro affiliate of the Boston Bruins have been the beneficiary of recent NHL Draft picks to restock the developmental depths to be ready and help rebuild a winner in Boston.  The efforts of Bruins prospects such as Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Zane McIntyre, and Rob O’Gara, this upcoming class of AHL ready and finally eligible prospects could be the additions to set the bar higher with Calder Cup expectations in 2018.

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Now at this point in the middle of August, it’s hard to put the pieces exactly together to see what the 2017-18 Baby B’s roster is going to look like, but after messing around with a few scenarios, I came up with what I’d like to see in my opinion and which players could add early chemistry with potential NHL linemates as they look to transition to the highest level in the world in the next few seasons.

Below are my AHL Bruins line projections and personal matchup favorites.  Because the AHL operates mainly on a weekend schedule, with up to three straight games, the names that are listed underneath each line are extra players that can be inserted as a maintenance or rest day, so players don’t get worn out playing consecutive games.

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Jake DeBrusk                              Austin Czarnik                     Zach Senyshyn

Jesse Gabrielle                           Danton Heinen                    Ryan Fitzgerald
                                                                                                         Jordan Szwarz

Joona Koppanen             Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson           Peter Cehlarik
Chris Porter

Anton Blidh                                Sean Kuraly                           Justin Hickman
Colton Hargrove                        Colby Cave

                            Rob O’Gara                                 Jakub Zboril

                          Matt Grzelcyk                           Jeremy Lauzon
                        Taylor Doherty

                        Tommy Cross                            Emil Johansson
                        Chris Breen                               Connor Clifton

                                                Zane McIntyre

                                              Malcolm Subban

Now, of course, it remains to be seen if this academic above will actually work out because of the scenarios to be had with players like highly touted prospect Anders Bjork and recently signed free-agent Kenny Agostino as both will presumably start with the NHL Bruins when the puck drops in October. When taking a look at the NHL roster, there are a few spots where developing youth can be inserted if you’re willing to gamble with sitting players currently under NHL contracts. General Manager Don Sweeney has preached many times if you’re the better player, you’re going to get the opportunity.  So, let’s see if he lives up to his words as this NHL Bruins coaching staff is set to start a complete year for the first time so we might see an aggressive cycle of younger players coming through when it comes to player demotions or unfortunate injuries.  The Bruins new coaching staff have certainly seen their fair share of players down in Providence, and that could be a great catalyst for comfort when adding a young player to the lineup, unlike the trust issues with inexperience from former bench bosses of the past.

No matter what happens out of camp which is set to start on Thursday, September 7, 2017, with Rookie Camp and Main Camp scheduled to begin a week later on Thursday, September 14, 2017, from the Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Massachusetts, it’s going to be interesting to see who works hard and proves they want it while showcasing for the Bruins Brass.. These events are open to the public. Exact start times for these events should be released from Boston Bruins.com or by following their official Twitter account @NHLBruins.

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Providence Bruins Continue Signing Defensemen

 

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By: Mark Allred                    Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

I wrote an article yesterday following a lead from Providence Journal’s  Bruins Hockey writer Mark Divver about the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins signing Connor Clifton, and the top minor-pro affiliate of the National Hockey Leagues Boston Bruins have struck again. Earlier today said writer Mark Divver reported on Twitter that the AHL franchise has signed an AHL contract with defenseman Taylor Doherty.

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Last season the Cambridge, Ontario Canada native was up and down the minor system o of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs spending 12 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, 30 games with the East Coast Hockey Leagues Orlando Solar Bears before being loaned to the Baby B’s for 10 games where he earned two points.  Originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he’s spent a majority of time in the AHL locally with the Worcester Sharks who’s franchise was shipped out west to keep prospects close and travel at a minimum cost. In those ten games with the Providence team, he earned only two points.

The 26-year-old Doherty is a solid blueliner at 6′-8″  236-pounds and could be that veteran minor leaguer to take the place of departed Alex Grant who I was shocked didn’t get another minor-pro contract to stay with the B’s after he had the best year of his lifetime offensively. The AHL journeyman has 43 points in 256 career AHL games.  In the East Coast Hockey League, he has 32 points in 54 games and can be optioned to the NHL B’s Premier “AA” team with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL to add defensive size to help Glad’s goaltenders Matt Ginn and Bruins 2015 third round pick Dan Vladar.

Regardless of minor league placement the increased amount of defensemen in the lower leagues are certainly stacking up with names with main stay name such as Chris Breen, Tommy Cross, Rob O’Gara, and Matt Grzelcyk already on the team with the additions of first-year minor-pro defensemen Emil Johansson, Jeremy Lauzon, Jakub Zboril, and the recent signings of Connor Clifton and article topic Taylor Doherty, this is certainly going to be an interesting training camp coming up within a month. With the additions of youth coming into the system for the first time, it’s almost seemingly the signings of Clifton and Doherty might be to add some strength with opposing players taking Liberties on the younger developing players.

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Providence Bruins Bolster Blue-line With NCAA Addition

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By: Mark Allred                           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

According to the Providence Journal’s Boston Bruins Beat Writer Mark Divver, the Providence Bruins have signed defenseman Connor Clifton to an American Hockey League contract.

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Clifton is a 5″-11″ 174-pound right shooting blueliner that was selected in the fifth round of the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Arizona Coyotes. As Divver mentioned in his Tweet above, the 22-year-old recent graduate of Quinnipiac University has opted out in signing with the Coyotes and tested the free agent market before coming to terms with Providence. The Matawan, New Jersey native appeared in 156 games for the Bobcats producing 56 points and an astonishing 284 penalty minutes as a rugged defensive player.

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Why We Love Bruins Patrice Bergeron

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By Cameron Benson        Follow Me On Twitter @NIBruinsfans

Since being drafted 45th overall in the 2003 draft, Patrice Bergeron has had many memorable moments wearing black and gold. Here we look at why we love #37 in his so far 14 years with the Bruins.

Playing Through His Injuries

The 2013 Stanley Cup showed us just how tough not only hockey players are, but how much Bergeron wanted to bring the cup back to Boston. A broken nose, separated shoulder, broken rib and most notably a punctured lung couldn’t stop him from playing. However recently he said, “I’d do it again because my teammates and I knew what it felt like to hoist the Cup… But most of all, I’d do it all again because I am aware a pain that hurts so much more than any of those injuries: The pain of not making the playoffs at all.”
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Hockey is an incredibly tough sport, it’s fast, physical with thousands of fans watching; expecting every player to give it their best. Now imagine playing with four injuries while acting like everything is fine. We look no further than Patrice Bergeron.

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King of the Selke

The Selke has been awarded to the best defensive forward since 1978, and the player with the most Selke’s was Bob Gainey (who won all four with the Canadians) since 1981. This was the case until June 21, 2017, when Bergeron won his fourth for the 16/17 season. Last year Bergy played 79 regular season games despite having a sports hernia. This was his second Selke in the past three years. Meanwhile, the Bruins finished 9th regarding goals against at 2.55, making it clear that the center had a significant role in the team this past year.

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Goals Goals Goals

As mentioned above, Bergeron is the league’s best defensive forward. However, this does not stop from leading at the front. He has contributed to some important goals in recent years for the B’s. Such as the game 7 winner against the Toronto Maple Leafs or the double overtime winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins (both of which came in 2013. For a defensive based forward, Bergeron boasts 259 goals along with 412 assists, good for 671 points in 899 NHL regular season games.

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Dave Goucher And Former Boston Bruins Shane Hnidy Will Team Up In Las Vegas

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By Mike Cratty                                                                        Twitter: @Mike_Cratty

Many Boston Bruins fans, including myself, were a little bit stunned to see the news that Dave Goucher was heading out to Las Vegas. The news broke yesterday, along with news of the rest of the Vegas Golden Knights first ever broadcasting team. Dave will now hold the title of the first Las Vegas Golden Knights TV play-by-play broadcaster in the history of the organization. That has to be a tremendous honor.

Dave has been the voice behind Boston Bruins play-by-play since 2000. On top of that, Goucher won the Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year award two years in a row (2013, 2014).

The search will now begin to find Bruins radio color commentator, Bob Beers, a new partner on the air.

Dave Goucher is a Boston Bruins legend. Without any exaggeration, he is absolutely a legend, from “Get the Duck Boats ready!” to “Bergeron, Bergeron, Bergeron! In game seven! The guy has a voice as polished and smooth as a brand-new Ferrari. Golden Knights fans don’t know what they’re in for. They are so fortunate to have someone like Dave to call their games.

Dave Goucher joined Toucher and Rich earlier today to talk about his newest broadcasting venture and to say goodbye to Boston.

Here is a large, important, powerful excerpt from Dave Goucher’s talk with Toucher and Rich earlier today:

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“I’ve been doing radio now for 17 years with the Bruins and 24 years overall with my time in the minors, and I thought maybe this would be a time in my career to try something different and go to the television side. If it’s not the most difficult decision of my career, it’s right up there,” said Goucher. “It will be different from broadcasting a team that has been around since 1924, but that’s the exciting part of it. Someone said it’s almost like a start-up company, and you get in on the ground floor. They feel the sky is the limit and it’s exciting to be a part of that.”

Optimism is certainly at a high level for Dave right now. From radio to TV, the adjustment will be seamless for him.

“I think on my phone, I have 122 unread text messages,” he said. “The tweets that people have sent out have been unbelievable. I was scrolling through some last night, and that’s what does make it difficult. I hope people understand it’s been an honor for me to do this, to do these games with Bob Beers for 17 years.

17 years with Bob Beers. That has to be very tough to move on from. Goucher and Beers were excellent together on the air.

“It was such an emotional decision because of that. Doing Bruins radio play-by-play doesn’t mean more than anyone to me. I listened to Bob Wilson as a kid, Bob Neumeier for a stretch. If you asked me when I was 22 or 23, this was the job I always wanted to have,” he said. “But you continue to have goals, and if you think you want to do other things or different things, I think I’d be kicking myself 20 years from now if I didn’t try to grow or expand.”

Dave loves Boston, and he loves Bostonians. I attended a play-by-play sports broadcasting camp from 2012-2016 in Boston for one week a summer. Dave was there every year, and he was even there every for many years before I started attending the camp in 2012.

Dave was a normal guy at camp. He would talk in-depth to anyone, answer questions and just hang out. I had the privilege of getting advice and talking about the Bruins for hours with Dave Goucher. He is truly one of a kind in my eyes and is one of the greatest Boston Sports broadcasters of all time. I can’t say enough good things about Dave, he has had a major impact on my future goals and my attitude.

The camp is called the play by play sports broadcasting camps. It was easily the best week of my summer every year. Campers get to meet media members and broadcasters like Dave. Others include ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Field Yates, NESN’s Emerson Lotzia, and the legendary Jackie MacMullan of ESPN. That is just a few of the names, professional athletes attend once or twice a week as well.

Boston Bruins radio broadcasts will never be the same without Dave. He was very deserving of this new opportunity and Bruins fans, and some hockey fans in general, have reasons to be happy for him.

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The man who will be alongside Dave Goucher on the AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain broadcasts with the Golden Knights is this guy who’s called the sheriff. Oh you know, just former Boston Bruins defenseman Shane Hnidy. Hnidy earned the nickname ‘Sheriff’, so it’s fair to presume that he didn’t mess around on the ice and laid down the law whenever necessary. What an electric combination of broadcasting talent, with history in the same organization, the Boston Bruins.

What an electric combination of broadcasting talent, with history in the same organization, the Boston Bruins.

Hnidy played 111 games as a Bruin with five goals and 21 assists to go along with 88 penalty minutes. He was known for his toughness and aggressive style. Hnidy wasn’t just a Bruin, below is a fight between him and feisty former Bruin P.J. Stock while Hnidy was on the Ottawa Senators in 2002:

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In his final season with the Bruins, one in which he only played six games between the regular season and playoffs, Hnidy got his day with the Stanley Cup back in 2011:

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Unfortunately, Hnidy’s past with the Bruins isn’t as extensive as Dave Goucher’s. But, he does have broadcasting and TV experience out Winnipeg with the Jets on TSN Radio 1290. Shane was part of a broadcasting team for an organization that just recently resurrected, with the Winnipeg Jets, while Dave is going from an original six team that has been around for quite a while to a brand new franchise. Very interesting career paths for them.

Best of luck to Dave and Shane together in their future endeavors in Vegas and beyond.

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Tuukka Rask ‘100 Percent Ready’ for Training Camp

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Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins makes a save in the second period against the Edmonton Oilers at TD Garden on January 5, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Oilers won 4-3.
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Tuukka Rask had a decent 2016-17 season for the Boston Bruins. Although hampered by several injuries throughout the year, the 30-year old Rask went 37-20-5 (37 wins being his personal best) in Boston with a 2.23 GAA and a .915 save percentage. He was also a key player in the B’s having the best penalty kill (85.7%) last season.

 

While Rask was one of the main reasons the Bruins found themselves back in the playoffs, it wasn’t his strongest season with the Black and Gold.

Rask’s offseason started out rough. On May 9, Rask had to undergo surgery to repair an injury to his groin. Since the surgery, Rask has spent the last three months going through the rehabilitation process.

Last week, the Finnish netminder was snubbed by the NHL Network when they excluded him from the list of Top 10 goaltenders.  (Personally, I had him at # 5 on my list, and I’m sure many of you had him at that position or higher.)

With his rehabilitation nearly complete, the Bruins number one goaltender is looking forward to resuming skating. He’s expected to be back on the ice next week in preparation for training camp next month. Overall, Rask feels he’s on schedule with his recovery. He also thinks he is ready for camp.

“I’m 100 percent [certain],” said Rask when asked about his readiness for training camp on Monday. Rask was one of the Bruins participating in Shawn Thornton’s Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s golf tournament.

“It’s pretty standard, standard procedure and rehab,” said Rask of his recovery. “I think I [did it] the first three, four weeks here and then after that, you’re more kind of free to do your normal workouts, so I went back home and now I’m here and I’ll start skating here. Not a whole lot different from my usual routine.

“It’s like anything. If something’s like bugging you all the time, it gets in your head and you’re kind of cautious about it, so it’s good to hopefully get back on the ice and don’t feel anything anywhere.”

 

Rask believes the surgery will not only resolve the pain issues that hampered him last season but will make him a better goaltender going forward.  Rask has proven in the past that he can play with the best goaltenders in the league. He won the Vezina Trophy for his work in the 2013-14 season.

Rask has been pushed hard by the Bruins these last few seasons. While Rask has responded well to the challenge, he often found himself without much rest due to inconsistent help from his backup goaltenders.  Hopefully, Anton Khudobin will have a stronger start in the upcoming season.

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Boston Bruins Rumors That Refuse To Go Away.

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By Andrew Thompson                                                 Twitter: @Godwentwhoops

As Boston Bruins fans, we take to social media to see if anything big is going on with our team. (Mostly we lament on how it isn’t October yet.) During the summer, there isn’t much going on. While news seems to trickle, there have been a couple of rumors regarding the Bruins that are still on a lot of people’s minds.

 

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David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre on April 15, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

 

David Pastrnak could be traded.  Any self-respecting hockey writer (especially in the Boston area) shouldn’t write an article on how Pastrnak is going to play for another team next year. At best it’s click-bait, at worst it’s a cry for help.

I said it three months ago, and I’ll say it again. The odds of the Boston Bruins walking away from David Pastrnak are the same as Jeremy Jacobs scoring a goal for the Black and Gold this year.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney flat-out stated that the Bruins will not be trading him. Still, this rumor still refuses to go away.

Pastrnak’s brother Bruins fully believe he’ll be in the Black and Gold next season. Several of the Boston Bruins were on the golf course helping out former B’s forward Shawn Thornton with his annual Putts & Punches for Parkinson’s tournament. When asked about the whole Pastrnak situation, several Bruins offered their opinion on the matter.

“I’m sure they can get this worked out,” said B’s goaltender Tuukka Rask to the Boston Herald. “That’s the game nowadays: These young guys, when they come out of their first contract, they’ve had great success and they want to get paid. That’s just the world we live in. I guess sometimes with the cap situations, it can put teams in a tough spot. But I’m sure they can figure it out.

“He’s proven he can be top goal scorer in the league and he wants to get paid. You can understand both sides of it. I have no idea what he’s asking, what the situation is. But I’m sure they’re going to find a solution at some point.”

 

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Ryan Spooner #51 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on January 18, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Ryan Spooner is being moved to (insert city name here). This one isn’t as bad as the Pastrnak rumor. There has been a lot of talk about Ryan Spooner in recent weeks. Speculation has placed him in half a dozen different teams, and most of the arguments have made sense.

Spooner did have a ten-point backslide over his previous season with the Black and Gold. Still, the Bruins had multiple avenues to move him over the last few seasons. Other teams were interested, and if the B’s really had a low opinion of Spooner’s long-term value, they would have shipped him off somewhere else by now.

The Bruins had another opportunity to part ways with Spooner when he filed for arbitration.  But the B’s still believe in Spooner enough to sign him to a one-year, $2.825 million dollar deal.

“We are pleased with the process and are happy to have Ryan’s contract resolved. His agent, Murray Kuntz, and Ryan were both very professional, and our group was well prepared as they had worked very diligently prior to arriving at a settlement point,” said GM Don Sweeney. “We know Ryan has the offensive skills to be an impactful player, especially while on the power play. We expect Ryan to continue to take the necessary steps with his development to be an even more complete, two-way player.”

Could the B’s move him eventually? Sure, but there are a few caveats involved. It would partially depend on how well Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson does in training camp. Then, they’d have to factor in what kind of off-season training has Spooner done to make himself better. The B’s would also need to factor in Spooner’s ability to play on the wing.

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Hennessey Could Be Flowing Back To AHL Providence

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By: Mark Allred                                  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

According to a Tweet, earlier today delivered from Bruins Beat Writer Mark Divver of the Providence Journal, forward Josh Hennessey could get a tryout agreement with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.

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The 32-year-old Brockton, Massachusetts native had an exceptional Canadian Junior career with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after he was selected by the Canadian team with the 19th selection in the second round of the Priority Draft in 2001 after a solid season of High School Hockey at Milton Academy where he posted 50 points in just 28 games. His tremendous effort to be a better player and teammate to the Remparts organization didn’t come easy as a kid speaking English trying to develop his skills with a team in a community predominantly French Canadian dialect. In 269 career games in the QMJHL, he posted 291 points which were good enough for the San Jose Sharks who selected him in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

He’s only appeared in 23 games in the NHL he’s played with the Boston Bruins ( 3 Games ) and Ottawa Senators ( 20 Games ) only scoring one career goal and six penalty minutes. The 6′-0″ 190-pound center has mostly spent his North American Profesional Career in the AHL  most recently ( 2011-12 ) with the Baby B’s when he appeared in 69 games contributing 19-22-41 numbers before heading to Europe to continue playing in leagues such as the Kontinental Hockey League, the Swiss Pro League, and the Swedish Hockey League where he played in 51 games for the Vaxjo Hockey Club earning 12 points in  the 2016-17 campaign.

This might be a great home coming for the long time Massachusetts native and presumed Bruins fan as he might look to add some skill and more leadership to a Providence club that’s going to make some significant upgrades to the NHL B’s prospect pool. As Mr, Divver explained this could be a Professional Tryout but also could be an idea for security purposes in case a young developing player(s) makes it on the Boston roster to start the NHL season. He also could be that replacement for the departing Peter Mueller who also came home from overseas last summer looking to catch on in North America.

Below is a scouting report via Elite Prospects.com written by Erik K. Piri in 2010.

Hennessy is a playmaking center with very good hockey sense and vision. Plays a smart game defensively, but is also a skilled passer. Great team player.
– Erik K. Piri, EP (2010)

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Could Boston Bruins Forward Ryan Spooner End Up In Carolina?

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By Mike Cratty                                                                  Twitter: @Mike_Cratty

Ryan Spooner remains as the Boston Bruins name that has been thrown around the most in trade speculation. One team in particular, out of many could be interested in trading for him. That team is the Carolina Hurricanes.

In an article posted by The Hockey News’, Lyle Richardson, yesterday, it is mentioned that Carolina Hurricanes general manager, Ron Francis, is looking at top-2 centers as trade options across the NHL. Francis told NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti that he is looking at top-2 centers and hasn’t ruled out a trade for one. It is also mentioned that if Francis can’t find the right guy, he is content with the lineup that he has.

A top-2 center could mean someone of Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene’s caliber. That doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility of Ryan Spooner being an option. I am not saying that I think Ryan Spooner is a top-2 center, but there is a chance that Ron Francis could see him as one, or close to being one.

The Hurricanes certainly have trade assets on defense that the Colorado Avalanche desperately need, so a trade between the two teams could work. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic will have to settle on a more reasonable asking price for Duchene than has been reported in the past.

I have mentioned in the past how I think that the quote below makes me think that Don Sweeney wants to hold on to Ryan Spooner in hopes that he takes the next step. At this point in the summer, I think Sweeney will hold on to Spooner and dangle him as trade bait at the deadline if he feels as though it’s time to move on. This will mainly depend on how Spooner performs in the 2017-2018 season.

Maybe Ron Francis reaches the trade deadline and feels like he still needs a top-2 center. Spooner could be a fit as that top-2 center or at least give Carolina a decent third-line center.

In my mind, Spooner is worth a good prospect, or either a second-round pick or third round pick. It really depends on the general manager and the need for the player when it all comes down to it. The thought in my mind stands, as shown in the past that Ryan Spooner will end up on the New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks at some point. The Carolina Hurricanes now join that mix. The article mentions Spooner’s free-agent rights and a 2018 third-round pick. A third-round pick could be the return, but not just his rights anymore, just wanted to clear that up. Also, keep in mind that the article was written around draft time.

Two somewhat realistic prospects that I could see coming to Boston from Carolina in a trade for Ryan Spooner are right-handed defenseman Roland McKeown or right-handed center Nicolas Roy. Higher end prospects would need to be in play for a guy like Matt Duchene, likely an established NHL defenseman too. Other pieces such as draft picks could very well be involved in a deal for McKeown or Roy.

McKeown, 21, is a solid prospect, but arguably not as high-end as Carolina prospects like Jake Bean, Julien Gauthier, and Martin Necas. If McKeown were to come to Boston, he could slot very nicely behind Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy someday on the right side.

McKeown is a heads-up defenseman with great hockey sense and two-way ability. He carries a solid frame with him at 6-foot-1, 194 pounds, according to eliteprospects.com. After spending four years with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, two as captain, McKeown played his first AHL season with the Charlotte Checkers, Carolina’s AHL affiliate.

The Canadian defenseman was acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes on February 25, 2015, along with a conditional first-round pick from the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Andrej Sekera. McKeown was drafted 50th overall by the Kings in 2014.

Nicolas Roy is an excellent prospect and may be too much for Francis’ liking to give up but could be a player of great interest to Don Sweeney. Roy’s a player that Don Sweeney may be willing to add something else on to a Ryan Spooner deal to acquire. The Bruins are in need of talented, young, right-handed forwards outside of David Pastrnak and Zachary Senyshyn.

Roy was drafted 96th overall in the 2015 draft by the Hurricanes.

Roy, 20, is a hefty, right-shot, Canadian forward that could be just what the Bruins need when he becomes NHL ready. He carries a sturdy and daunting frame at 6-foot-4, 207 pounds, according to eliteprospects.com. The scoring touch is most certainly there as well. As captain of the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens this past season, Roy tallied 36 goals and 44 assists, good for 80 points.

In the end, my stance stands firm, although I would love to snag a solid prospect, that if Ryan Spooner is traded, it will be for a draft pick. Originally a third-round pick, but his cheap $2.825 million cap hit could make him a little more appealing than a third-round pick. I could very well see Ron Francis working to get Ryan Spooner to Carolina. Carolina definitely makes sense as a destination for the speedy Bruins forward. The story of Ryan Spooner’s status as a Bruin is one to monitor going forward.

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