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Ondrej Kase trade: Watch new Bruins forward's best NHL highlights

Ondrej Kase trade: Watch new Bruins forward's best NHL highlights

The Boston Bruins satisfied a need ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline by acquiring forward Ondrej Kase in a multi-player trade with the Anaheim Ducks.

The 24-year-old gives the Bruins valuable right wing depth, and it's possible he could fill that spot on the second line alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Kase has tallied 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 49 games this season. His injury history is concerning, but if he can stay healthy, the speedy and skilled forward could be a very productive offensive player come playoff time.

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Kase has played his entire four-year career with the Ducks, so Bruins fans probably haven't seen many of his highlights. Well, we've got you covered. Here's a look at some of Kase's best highlights with Anaheim.

--Let's start with Kase's first career NHL hat trick. His three goals helped the Ducks earn a comeback win over the Dallas Stars last season.

--Last month, Kase showed off his playmaking ability with a beautiful spin pass to set up an Adam Henrique goal.

--Kase showed off his skill and patience on this goal against the Ottawa Senators in 2017.

--Goal scorers aren't afraid to go to the net, and Kase has no issue being in the mix near the crease. 

--Kase has 13 games of playoff experience over two postseason runs with the Ducks. In Game 6 of the 2017 Western Conference final versus the Nashville Predators, Kase was moved up to Anaheim's top line and responded with a goal in the first period. 

--It pays to never quit on a play, and Kase's determination on this play helped him score the game-winner in overtime.

--The Bruins are one of the league's worst shootout teams this season. They have scored only four goals in shootouts and have lost all seven they've played in. Kase has four shootout goals (on five attempts) this season by himself.

The best shootout goal of his career came against the Carolina Hurricanes in December of 2016.

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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.