Haggerty's thoughts from P-Bruins vs. IceCaps

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Haggerty's thoughts from P-Bruins vs. IceCaps

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Providence Bruins leading the St. John's IceCaps by a 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

1) A goal 22 seconds in for P-Bruins emotional catalyst Bobby Robbins, who has been bringing it to Providence this season. Fitting he now has a score to go with the 33 penalty minutes he's amassed in six games.

2) Providence Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy looks like he's paired Ryan Spooner and Chris Bourque back together after leaving them on separate lines to start the season. Bourque is off to a good start and nearly tipped Garnet Exelby's shot past the IceCaps goalie in the first period.

3) Niklas Svedberg was a last-minute insert into the lineup at goaltender for the P-Bruins as Michael Hutchinson continues to look like he's fighting the puck. Svedberg only faced five shots in the first, but he stopped them all.

4) The P-Bruins continue to control puck possession and dominate the shot charts. Fourteen shots in the first period for Providence compared to five for St. John's. That should be a formula to win, but Providence hasn't been stopping enough pucks early in the year.

5) Five points in seven games along with 11 PIMs for Jamie Tardif and an even plusminus rating. He's been a real bright spot for Providence this season as a veteran presence.

Five thoughts from the second period with Providence leading the St. John's IceCaps by a 2-0 score:

1) Save of the game by Niklas Svedberg on Maxime Macenauer in the middle of the second period on a short-handed bid. He kicked out a quick leg to make the stop, one of his 10 saves through two periods. Svedberg is putting a vice grip on the starting job with the P-Bruins through the first month.

2) Good power play puck movement leads to Providence's second goal. Ryan Spooner moved in toward the net and drew the defense's attention before sliding a cross-ice pass to a wide open Carter Camper. The pass was so good that Camper had all day to load up the gun and fire the puck in for a PP score.

3) Four shots on net for Chris Bourque through two periods to lead Providence. The P-Bruins are leaving him out for the entire two-minute run on PP's with both units and it's paying dividends on a man advantage that's had its good moments.

4) The Providence defense has been lacking at times, but they've been a lockdown unit today while the Bruins dominate puck possession.

5) Alex Burmistrov has been very, very quiet for St. John's today for a guy with an NHL resume. No shots and no impact.

Five thoughts from the third period with the Providence Bruins taking a 3-0 win over the St. John's IceCaps:

1) Good day for the Providence energy line as Lane MacDermid notched his first goal of the season after following on the rebound of a Bobby Robins shot. Robins finished with two points along with his customarily exuberant play.

2) Haven't seen much out of Justin Florek early in this season for the P-Bruins. He took a delay of game penalty in the first period, but was held without a shot otherwise. Florek is scoreless with a minus-2 rating in five games.

3) IceCaps started to pour it on a little bit in the third period, but Niklas Svedberg turned everything away he saw for his first career shutout in North American pro hockey.

4) Not a lot of offensive involvement for the Providence defensemen today. Perhaps that's an adjustment after some porous play last weekend, but it's led to a much more air-tight effort.

5) So which song becomes a staple in the TD Garden rotation when the NHL finally goes get going: "Gangnam Style" or "Call Me Maybe?" Credit to the Patriot Ledger's Mike Loftus for asking that burning question in the P-Bruins press box.

McQuaid on going in the NHL expansion draft: ‘I hope that’s not the case for me’

McQuaid on going in the NHL expansion draft: ‘I hope that’s not the case for me’

BOSTON – With the NHL expansion draft looming a couple of months in the future, it became much more of a reality for the Bruins this week now that the 2016-17 season is in the books.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney said on Thursday that he expects the Bruins to go the 7 (forwards) 3 (defensemen) 1 (goaltender) route protecting their roster from the June 21 expansion draft. That will still leave some useful roster players unprotected.

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Atop that available expansion list for the Bruins will be potential names Malcolm Subban, Riley Nash, Jimmy Hayes and Adam McQuaid, who could be headed to Vegas. Asked about the topic at this week’s breakup day for the players, McQuaid expressed his hopes that he isn’t the one selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. The 30-year-old McQuaid stayed healthy enough to play in 77 games this season, and posted two goals and 10 points along with a plus-4 while serving in a top-four role pretty much all season as Torey Krug’s defensive partner.

McQuaid also brought the toughness and quiet leadership element with his willingness to always stand up for his teammates and go toe-to-toe with the toughest guys in the league when it was called for. His midseason heavyweight bout with Matt Martin was one of the most memorable moments of the season. It’s an element the Bruins would miss if he was taken in the expansion draft.  

“Well, I hope not. I never thought of it that way, to be honest with you. Obviously, the reality of the situation is they’re picking somebody from every team,” said McQuaid. “So, I hope that’s not the case for me. I’ve won here and I’ve always said how much I love it back here. I can’t imagine playing for another team. It’s totally out of my control, but hopefully that’s not the case.”

McQuaid is signed for $2.75 million for the next seasons and it was clear he was missed on the penalty kill once he went down injured in the first-round series against the Ottawa Senators. As for the entire expansion process, Sweeney said they are currently whittling down the protected list while required to protect Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and David Backes to start by virtue of the no-movement language in their contracts.

Other young players, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Frank Vatrano among others, don’t need to be protected either after completing this season with two years or less of pro hockey experience. One of the most difficult decisions will come down to protecting either 25-year-old Colin Miller or 28-year-old Kevan Miller as the third defensemen. 

Whichever one of those D-men is left unprotected would join McQuaid as the most likely player to be selected by Vegas GM George McPhee after he spent a decent amount of time scouting the Black and Gold this season to get an idea of which player he wanted.

Here’s our best guess at which players will end up being protected by the Bruins:

Forwards (7): Bergeron, Krejci, Backes, Pastrnak, Marchand, Beleskey and Spooner

Defensemen (3): Chara, Krug and Colin Miller

Goaltender (1): Rask 


 

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Pick No. 199 in 2000 tried to provide a little inspiration to the next generation of NFL draftees before the first selection Thursday night. 

Remember: they can't measure heart. Whether you're picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, April 27, 2017