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Nash price too rich for Bruins blood

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Nash price too rich for Bruins blood

PITTSBURGH With the NHL Draft weekend comes trade rumors swirling everywhere involving many players of interest.

Everybody knows Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is looking to unload Rick Nash for an impressive ransom, and there more than a handful of serious suitors for the power forward.

But everything CSNNE.com reported several weeks ago about potential Bruins involvement with Nash trade talk remains true. Howson and the Blue Jackets are looking for franchise building blocks in exchange for a franchise player in Nash -- a forward that also has topped 40 goals only twice, has never scored more than 80 points in a season, and cant count his playoff appearances on more than one hand.

According to multiple sources, the Bruins were informed a deal would take two players from a group of three including Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton or Milan Lucic, as well picks and prospects. Thats in line with the James van Riemsdyk chatter between the Flyers and Blue Jackets, and makes it clear that the cost for Nash would be too rich for the Bruins blood.They have no intentions of trading either Seguin or Hamilton players on the rise that could be in Boston for 10 years or more for a player in Nash that appears to be in a career plateau at age 28.

More realistic scenarios for the Bruins: Bobby Ryan with the Anaheim Ducks or Keith Yandle with the Phoenix Coyotes. Given the cap hits involved and the needs for both franchises, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli could be looking long and hard at potentially dangling center David Krejci along with a pickprospects package to make either one happen.

With both Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin potentially ready to man center positions on the top two lines next year, and Krejci ready to become the highest paid Bs forward at 5.25 million per season, the environment is there for a potential move to bring in greater offensive punch. The Bruins might be forced to move one of their defensemen group if Yandle were brought on board, but hes the kind of puck-moving power play quarterback Boston has been searching for since Chiarelli took over the Black and Gold.

Both Yandle and Ryan are signed for at least three years to come with cap hits slightly north of 5 million that would be evened out if Krejci were sent in the other direction.

There were whispers of a KrejciRyan deal before the Bs center signed his contract extension last season. Krejcis no-movement clause doesnt go into effect until July 1, 2013.

While speaking in general terms earlier this week, Chiarelli said the Bruins may revisit trade talk seeds this week at the draft that were planted with teams last spring.

A lot of the work you do leading up to the trade deadline does carry over so what I try to do is set up dealsplant seedsset up deals at the trade deadline for the summer or for the fall, said Chiarelli. So theres a lot of legwork that goes into making a trade. Theyre hard to do now, so my preparation for this trade market and upcoming trade markets starts back before the trade deadline.

Usually those deals that happen or that are talked about around the trade deadline are more for the moment, but you do get a sense of where guys feel where their roster might be in late-June, early-July from discussions at the trade deadline.

The Bruins dont appear too eager to jump on 7-8 million cap hit players like Nash or Zach Parise, but stay tuned in the secondary market on the next tier down as the Bruins listen to potential deals that might just fall into their laps this June.

DeBrusk providing an offensive spark for Bruins since scratch

DeBrusk providing an offensive spark for Bruins since scratch

BOSTON – Give Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk credit.

The 21-year-old rookie said that he didn’t want to go through the experience of being a healthy scratch again, and he has played like it ever since.

DeBrusk finished with a pair of assists in the Bruins 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, and is now riding a four-game point streak with two goals and five points in his last four games. He came up with the primary assist on Boston’s first goal when he fed David Krejci all alone cutting to the net, and then again fed Krejci in the slot on the play where the puck found Matt Grzelcyk for his first career NHL goal in the second period.

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In all DeBrusk finished with the two points in 18:46 of ice time, and had good skating legs while collecting four shots on net and a couple of hits in stringing together another solid game as a first-year player.

“It goes back to the mentality of playing fast. I think that was one of the focuses. And ever since I got scratched, I think that I’ve had some jump in all the games or at moments. I think that level of confidence and I’m also playing with great players,” said DeBrusk. “They open up a lot of space for me. And on that example, [David] Krejci’s goal, I’ve seen him do that 100 times. It’s nice to get a reward and it’s nice to get on the board, especially twice, in a game like this. I thought that we were coming along and we’re just looking to build on it.”

DeBrusk is currently on a pace for 20 goals and 48 points while battling through the natural highs and lows of being a rookie at the NHL level. The first-year winger hasn’t yet mastered the consistency component quite yet as a young player making his way through the league, but there’s little doubt DeBrusk will keep getting the chance to find that level while producing offense with his passing, skating and shooting in a key top-6 spot.

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Bruins 'feeling pretty good' riding a four-game win streak

Bruins 'feeling pretty good' riding a four-game win streak

BOSTON – It was hard to imagine this could have been possible a couple of weeks ago when injuries were ripping through the roster amid a very challenging stretch of hockey, but the Bruins have managed to survive and thrive within the adversity. With several regulars still missing from the fold including leading scorer Brad Marchand, the Bruins won their fourth game in a row taking a strong 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The win allowed the Bruins to push into the third spot in the Atlantic Division and lay claim to one of the playoff spots on the day after Thanksgiving, a milestone that usually portends good things for hockey clubs sitting in that position.

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Given the winning streak and Boston’s ability to get busy living rather than getting busy dying amid the trying stretch, confidence is at the high mark just a couple of months into the regular season.

“I still think that collectively as a group, there are still things that we need to build on. But obviously, we can’t complain with four straight wins,” said Jake DeBrusk, who has two goals, five points and a plus-4 in the four-game winning streak. “It’s our first win streak of the season and everyone’s feeling pretty good right now. We’re doing everything we can to keep things going.”

There have been different components to the four-game streak that have made it possible. Young players like Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen and Charlie McAvoy have stepped up and brandished their offensive skills while making things happen for a team missing some of their offensive playmakers, and the energy has been contagious. The Bruins have learned how to become closers in the third period where they’re squeezing the life out of opponents rather than giving them hope for stealing the game.

Anton Khudobin has ripped off win after win after win after win, and has made all the important stops to ensure that the Bruins take points out of each and every game. His .944 save percentage over the winning streak is exactly the level of goaltending needed for the Bruins to execute their game plan, and it’s why they have played with a lead for all but a couple of minutes in those wins over Los Angeles, San Jose, New Jersey and Pittsburgh.

The quick starts have allowed the Bruins to play with the kind of controlled aggression that brings out their best and quit chasing the game while closing things down in the final 20 minutes. It’s much closer to the way things were drawn up by the coaching staff prior to the start of the season before their personnel group was ripped apart by injuries. Friday’s performance was what Bruce Cassidy is looking for from his young, excitable Bruins team on a big stage against a high quality Eastern Conference opponent.

“I mentioned [the magnitude of Friday] before the game, because I think it’s exciting. You’re on NBC, you’re playing against the Stanley Cup Champions, and everyone is watching. . . let’s put our best foot forward. I know it’s one of 82, but it’s a bigger one of 82 the way I look at it,” said Cassidy. “I think they felt the same way coming out [of the starting gate]. Now, I also think with a young group you’re always a little more juiced up at home; they’re still in that stage of their career. So, I think that explained a lot of their start, and why we were better early on.”

So now the beat goes on for the Bruins amid their best stretch of hockey this season at a very opportune time. Perhaps now the B’s start wondering just how good they can be once they finally get their full lineup together for the first time during this entire hockey season. 

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