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NHL rumors: Potential Bruins trade target Brenden Dillon dealt to Capitals

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NHL rumors: Potential Bruins trade target Brenden Dillon dealt to Capitals

Another one of the Boston Bruins' potential Stanley Cup playoff opponents has made a move to bolster its roster ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline.

The Washington Capitals reportedly have acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks, per TSN's Pierre LeBrun. The price was not cheap. LeBrun reports Washington is sending San Jose second- and third-round draft picks. Here are additional details on the trade compensation:


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Dillon, who the Bruins reportedly were interested in, was among the best defensemen rumored to be available at the trade deadline. The 29-year-old veteran isn't likely to light up the stat sheet with goals and assists, but he does drive puck possession at a positive rate. The Sharks had a plus-64 edge in shot attempts, a plus-34 advantage in shots on goal and a plus-42 mark in scoring chances at 5-on-5 when Dillon was on the ice. 

What moves could the Bruins make?

Adding secondary scoring should be a priority for general manager Don Sweeney as the trade deadline nears. TSN reported Tuesday the Bruins and Colorado Avalanche have emerged as the frontrunners for New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider -- the top player rumored to be available.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who are one point behind the Bruins for the league's best record and first place in the Atlantic Division, acquired forward Blake Coleman in a trade with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired veteran forward Jason Zucker earlier this month.

The Bruins need to do something, and names are starting to come off the board quickly.

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Bruins legend Bobby Orr's great feat from April 3, 1971 still hasn't been matched

Bruins legend Bobby Orr's great feat from April 3, 1971 still hasn't been matched

Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr hit a milestone on this date in 1971 that no defenseman in the NHL has been able to match.

Orr tallied his 100th assist of the 1970-71 season in an 8-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 3. It was the second-to-last game of the season, and Orr finished the year with 102 assists to lead the league. 

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Check out the graphic below for more information on Orr's record-breaking achievement.

Orr's offensive stats in 1970-71 set a few records.

Not only are his 102 assists the most every by a defenseman in a single season, his 139 points also are a single-season best for a blueliner. Edmonton Oilers defenseman Paul Coffey came close to breaking both records in the 1985-86 campaign, but he finished with 90 assists and 138 points. Like Orr and the Bruins in 1971, the 1986 Oilers suffered a disappointing defeat to a hated rival in the Stanley Cup playoffs. However, both the 1971 Bruins and 1986 Oilers bounced back from those defeats and won the Stanley Cup the following season.

The only other players in league history to reach 100 or more assists in one season are Hall of Fame centers Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Gretzky accomplished the feat 11 times and Lemieux did it once. 

Orr's stats are incredible, and some of them might never be duplicated. This assist record easily could be one of them, especially when you consider the closest any defenseman has come to this Orr milestone in the last 20 years was Brent Burns with 83 assists in 2018-19.

Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins fans will love his first post

Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins fans will love his first post

Former Bruins forward Milan Lucic officially joined Instagram on Thursday, and Boston fans will absolutely love his first post. 

Although Lucic now plays for the Calgary Flames, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to reminisce on the B's 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

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Lucic posing with the Stanley Cup is a huge flex, but the big guy definitely did his part during the 2011 playoff run. The Vancouver native tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 25 playoff games playing alongside David Krejci and Nathan Horton, including two goals and an assist in the series against the Canucks.

During his day with the Stanley Cup, Lucic returned to Vancouver for a celebration with family and friends, so we can imagine his first Instagram post is from that day. 

Hopefully he plans on sharing some more photos from 2011 because that championship run was electric.