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Patriots' Tom Brady could use this advice from Bruins' Patrice Bergeron

Patriots' Tom Brady could use this advice from Bruins' Patrice Bergeron

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron are more similar than you think.

Well, at least in the sense that both have spent their entire professional careers in Massachusetts.

But with the latest news that Brady is reportedly set to test free agency and may not re-sign with the Patriots, Bergeron noted that any athlete who is thinking of playing anywhere else but Boston should re-evaluate their decision.

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"I don't think there's many places like Boston to be honest with you," Bergeron said following Bruins practice Thursday morning, according to WBZ's Joe Giza. "All the teams are always very successful and in it every time, and the fans are special. It's been a lot of fun to be in this position, obviously, for me, myself, I got drafted here and kind of grew up here. So, it's been welcome from day one and it's a very special place.

"It seems like it's the feeling every time guys come here. They seem to be very happy to come here and play under the fans that love the game, that know the game, know their hockey and are behind us. But like you said, it's a sports town and there's rich history here."

It's been known for a while that Brady, number one, wants a raise and number two, wants the Patriots to give him some offensive talent to work with in order to help him win his seventh Super Bowl title. Oh yeah, and don't forget that thirst to prove he can win in another system other than Bill Belichick's.

While Robert Kraft is willing to dish out the big bucks to keep his star quarterback in New England, it'll be extremely difficult for the organization to sign any big-name receivers while still re-signing key talent in Kyle Van Noy, Matthew Slater, and Devin McCourty among others.

If Brady places any value on the "rich history" of Boston sports that Bergeron mentions above, maybe he'll remain in New England. Honestly, though, does anyone truly know which way he's leaning? Probably not.

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.