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David Pastrnak explains what Ondrej Kase can bring to Bruins after trade

David Pastrnak explains what Ondrej Kase can bring to Bruins after trade

Ondrej Kase is the newest member of the Boston Bruins after the Anaheim Ducks traded him to the defending Eastern Conference champions Friday, and he already has experience playing alongside some of his new teammates.

Kase and Bruins forward David Pastrnak are both from the Czech Republic, and they played together in international tournaments early in their careers.

"Yeah, I know him. We grew up playing in the national teams together," Pastrnak told reporters in Calgary before Friday night's game against the Flames. "He's a great kid, exciting for him to join us. I think he's a great player, so it's definitely going to be fun to have another Czech (on the team)."

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What can Kase bring the Bruins?

"Obviously, some scoring," Pastrnak said. "He's an offensive player, really smart. He works hard and battles hard -- something that you always need."

The Bruins acquired Kase in exchange for David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round pick. Not only does Kase give the Bruins much-needed scoring depth, getting rid of Backes' contract -- which has another year remaining and a $6 million salary cap hit -- gives the team more financial flexibility to make another move before Monday's NHL trade deadline. The additional cap space also could help the Bruins re-sign some of their free agents this summer, most notably top-four defenseman Torey Krug.

Kase has tallied 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 49 games for the Ducks this season. He also played with Bruins forward Chris Wagner when both of them were in Anaheim.

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Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

It appears the Boston Bruins could've received a lot more for Joe Thornton when they dealt him to the San Jose Sharks in 2005, at least according to Brian Burke. 

During a Twitter Q&A session on Thursday Burke, general manager of the Anaheim Ducks at the time Thornton was traded, revealed he was rather frustrated he couldn't pry the future Hall of Famer from Mike O'Connell's clutches. 

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As for what he would've given up for Thornton -- this one may frustrate B's fans. 

O'Connell ended up dealing Thornton to the Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart. The move cleared cap space for the Bruins to later sign Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, among others, but could what they have received from Anaheim been better?

If the Bruins ended up receiving Anaheim's 2006 first-round draft pick (19th overall), they could've drafted anyone from Claude Giroux who went 22nd overall to the Philadelphia Flyers to Nick Foligno who was drafted 28th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Now, if the first-round pick Burke was willing to give up was indeed a 2006 pick, then the Bruins who drafted Phil Kessel fifth overall that year could've potentially added two stars for the price of one. 

Thinking about that situation alone should make Bruins' fans cringe, but there's more.

Burke noted he would've given up the player who O'Connell ranked as sixth-best on the Ducks roster as well as a prospect. Looking back at that now, the sixth player could've been anyone from Francois Beauchemin to Joffrey Lupul and a prospect could've been the likes of Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry, according to WEEI's Matt Kalman. 

The sixth-best player makes you shake your head because Beauchemin and/or Lupul weren't the greatest, but the first-round pick and possibility of adding Getzlaf or Perry would've been huge for the Bruins. 

If this deal was done in 2020, you'd have to wonder if Don Sweeney would've accepted Burke's offer.

 

Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara lead NHL in plus-minus this decade

Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara lead NHL in plus-minus this decade

The Boston Bruins were the NHL's best team before the league hit pause on the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus, and it's not hard to see why. 

The B's are one of the best defensive teams in the entire NHL. They have allowed the least goals with 167 and rank eighth in shots against per games played with 30.  

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Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara are a big reason why Boston has found plenty of defensive success over the last decade. The trio ranks one, two and three in plus-minus from the 2010-11 season to the 2019-20 campaign. 

Although those three have the best plus-minus in the league, a majority of the B's 2019-20 roster is solid defensively. 

If the NHL season does resume at some point, you can bet on the Bruins being just as good as they were before the league hit pause.