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Morning Skate: Pastrnak is not going anywhere

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Morning Skate: Pastrnak is not going anywhere

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while we’re getting to the funny part of the season for negotiations and hockey rumors. 

 

*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my hit with CSN New England’s Boston Sports Tonight on Monday night talking David Pastrnak’s contract negotiations and trade rumors. The bottom line is that Pastrnak isn’t going anywhere.  

 

*In a double-dose, here’s FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Felger completely not trusting Don Sweeney to get good value if he were to ever trade David Pastrnak. Once again Bruins fans…I assure you that Pastrnak is going nowhere. 

 

*Interesting study from Travis Yost about which players are best at getting close to the net, paying the price and reaping the quality chances that arise because of that skill. 

 

*The Boston Bruins continue to be linked to Will Butcher once he officially becomes a free agent defenseman, but I just don’t see it with the B’s in any way, shape or form. He’s going to get stuck among a glut of good, young D-men and the B’s already have this type of defenseman in the form of Torey Krug. They don’t need another one. 

 

*A number of rumors from around the NHL including just how comparable Leon Draisaitl and David Pastrnak are, and how the negotiations for the two players are linked together. 

 

*ESPN ranks the NHL teams in term of their prospect pipelines, and the Bruins come in at 10th among the 31 teams. I think that’s a bit low given the wealth of top-notch prospects they have to go along with a player of star quality like Charlie McAvoy. I’d put them among the top-5 teams in the NHL right now given their wealth of strong prospects. 

 

*Boy, that Phil Kessel is really putting some mustard on his trolling job. He must really relish his day with the Cup. Should I keep going? 

 

*For something completely different: I’m officially at the point where I start reading anything related to Game of Thrones. Somebody please help me. 

Kenny Agostino's OT goal lifts Bruins over Flyers

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Kenny Agostino's OT goal lifts Bruins over Flyers

BOSTON – The Bruins continued to pick up wins in the preseason by all different methods. 

On Thursday night it was a bit of an ugly, penalty-filled affair with the Flyers, but the Bruins improved to 3-0-0 in the preseason with a 2-1 overtime victory behind a Kenny Agostino breakaway goal on a nifty double-move in the extra session. 

Agostino finished with the game-winner and a couple of points after feeding Postma for his game-tying strike in the third period as well.

The Flyers took the initial lead in the third period on a seemingly innocuous play that started with Matt Grzelcyk and Paul Postma getting caught chasing the puck in transition. Travis Sanheim fired a shot from the outside of the left circle and somehow got the perimeter attempt past Tuukka Rask after he’d stopped the first 21 shots he’d faced through two periods. 

Postma made up for any miscues immediately afterward when he fired a bomb from the high point that shot that rocketed past Brian Elliott for the game-tying goal. The Postma score came immediately after Grzelcyk was stuffed on his own scoring attempt after a nice Danton Heinen feed set him up directly in front of the net. 

Otherwise Thursday night’s preseason game was about the face-off violations that slowed the game to a crawl, and the ridiculous seven slashing penalty calls made as the NHL looks to crack down on their enforcement of potentially dangerous slashing plays.