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Ondrej Kase set to make his Bruins debut against Dallas

Ondrej Kase set to make his Bruins debut against Dallas

A couple days after watching Nick Ritchie make his Bruins debut on the TD Garden ice, new B’s teammate Ondrej Kase is set to make his debut for the Black and Gold on Thursday night against the Dallas Stars.

Kase has been out since Feb. 7 with what the Ducks called the “flu” and the Bruins have termed an upper body injury, but it was suspected to be a concussion suffered in a game against the Maple Leafs.

Kase said he “can’t wait for the game” after skating on a second line at morning skate with Ritchie on the left wing and David Krejci as the playmaking center during line rushes. It certainly should be a good match between a passer in Krejci and a shooter in Kase, but that will play out on the ice as it always does when Bruce Cassidy starts tinkering with his forward lines.

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Ritchie and Kase played together quite a bit in Anaheim with Adam Henrique as center between the two wingers, and that should augment the chemistry between those two and Krejci in their maiden B’s voyage.

"What I’ve heard is they played together with Henrique in Anaheim and had some success. Sometimes having some familiarity right out of the gate’s not a bad thing, especially when we’re trying new lines,” said Cassidy. “Krejci is the one that will have the biggest adjustment because he’s got two new wingers. [Ritchie] is a big body on one side and Krejci is accustomed to that over the years. [Ritchie] is a guy that goes to the net and makes plays off the wall, and that’s one thing that he did well the other night.

"We’re not expecting instant chemistry. If we get it, then fantastic, and if we don’t then we’ll keep working on it.”

Jake DeBrusk will drop to the third line with Charlie Coyle and Anders Bjork in an intriguing combination, and it looks like Joakim Nordstrom, Anton Blidh, Connor Clifton and John Moore will continue to sit out against the Stars. Jaroslav Halak gets the start for the Bruins after he was honored prior to Tuesday night’s game for his milestone 500th start at the NHL.

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings against the Stars based on morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena:

PROJECTED LINES

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Nick Ritchie David Krejci Ondrej Kase
Jake DeBrusk Charlie Coyle Anders Bjork
Sean Kuraly Par Lindholm Chris Wagner

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk Jeremy Lauzon

STARTING GOALIE

Jaroslav Halak

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. 

 

 

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.