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Chris Wagner pokes fun at Jake DeBrusk's Instagram post

Chris Wagner pokes fun at Jake DeBrusk's Instagram post

The Boston Bruins have had good chemistry both on and off the ice this season. They demonstrated great on-ice chemistry in their 4-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

And off the ice? Jake DeBrusk and Chris Wagner were a good display of that chemistry.

Very shortly after the Bruins clinched a sweep of the Hurricanes, DeBrusk took to Instagram to post about the feat. He did it so quickly, though, that Wagner took a quick shot at him for his speed in posting. Here's the exchange, via DeBrusk's Instagram.

Wagner, of course, is back in Boston and isn't expected to return this postseason after suffering an injury in Game 3 against the Hurricanes, which explains why he was ready and able to comment on DeBrusk's post.

This is another good-natured barb between teammates who just like to give each other a hard time. It may not quite compare to some of Torey Krug and Brad Marchand's social media battles, but this one is certainly another funny one.

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Bruins draft grades roundup: Mixed reviews on John Beecher, later picks

Bruins draft grades roundup: Mixed reviews on John Beecher, later picks

With just one pick among the top 90 selections, the Boston Bruins weren't expected to be a major player at the 2019 NHL Draft.

But how did they fare with those limited resources? Depends on who you ask.

The Bruins left Vancouver with five selections, led by No. 30 overall pick John Beecher, an 18-year-old center out of the U.S. National Team Development Program. They didn't pick again until the third round, landing Minnesota-Duluth wing Quinn Nelson at No. 92, then added a Russian defenseman, a Finnish forward and a USHL forward prospect in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.

The national media didn't have many glowing things to say about the Bruins' draft crop. While some outlets saw promise in Beecher, others believe Boston reached for the big center, and most writers weren't impressed with the club's picks in the later rounds.

This never figured to be a high-impact draft for the B's, who will look to free agency and trades to re-tool their roster. But let's check out what the experts thought of Boston's haul.

ESPN.com: C-minus
Quote of Note: "Not having a second-round pick might lead a team to reach a little if they have a late first. That seemed to be the case with the Bruins and Beecher. ... I don't think the Bruins made an especially big impact on their prospect pool with their later picks."

Sporting News: B
Quote of Note: "Although they mostly avoided pure finishers or playmakers, GM Don Sweeney and staff deserve credit for making something out of the few picks they had, and identifying speed and mobility as important characteristics of their draftees."

The Athletic: C-minus
Quote of Note: "A lot of scouts debated John Beecher, but I’m buying on him as a potential very solid third-line player and fine value at No. 30. The Bruins took some shots the rest of the draft, but I think a lot were long shots."

Bleacher Report: C-plus
Quote of Note: "Beecher looks like a strong future pick because he has excellent size at 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, and he is a tremendous skater."

Puck Prose: D-plus
Quote of Note: "There were better players to be had at the end of the first round than Beecher. The Bruins only had two picks in the top 100, so this was always going to be a rough draft from them."

Rotoworld: C
Quote of Note: "Boston didn’t have another pick (after Beecher) until the third round when the club selected Quinn Olson at 92nd overall.  Most pundits believe the Bruins reached with this selection."

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NHL sets 2019-20 salary cap at $81.5, $1.5 million lower than expected

NHL sets 2019-20 salary cap at $81.5, $1.5 million lower than expected

The NHL announced it's salary cap for the 2019-20 season Saturday at $81.5 million, which is $1.5 million lower than initial projections.

The Bruins are expected to have about $13 million in cap space, not counting free agents Danton Heinen, Marcus Johansson, Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy, Noel Acciari and Brandon Kampfer. 

The Bruins will likely bring back McAvoy, Carlo and Heinen, but the lower cap figure may have an impact on the team's willingness to re-sign Johansson. One avenue the Bruins could take is offloading David Backes contract onto a team with the space to absorb it, but apparently, his deal is "impossible to move."

We'll see what this lower cap result ultimately does to the Bruins plans moving forward, but the last thing teams usually want around free agency is less money to spend. 

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