Last Skate of The Day, March 5, 2014


Mar 1, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) reacts after a goal by Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) during the second period against the Washington Capitals at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins will be in action tomorrow night against the Washington Capitals at the TD Garden. Hopefully, the Bruins will be a little more careful with their penalties that gave Washington forward Alex Ovechkin the ability to open up a shooting gallery on the B’s. The game will be covered by NESN and you’ll be able to hear it live via the Bruins mobile app or on your computer. The puck drops at 7pm.

Today was the NHL trade deadline, and as expected there was a full on feeding frenzy as teams fought and scraped to get the best possible deals before the 3pm deadline. While the Bruins franchise was engaged in trades this time around, they chose a quieter path only trying to tie up resources that would help with their current problems with depth on defense. For the most part, they got what they needed without any severe hits to their wallet or future draft choices. Take a look at how the Bruins saw their trade here: (Boston Bruins)

While the Bruins are satisfied with their progress, there are other fans that don’t think the Bruins went far enough to lock up solid choices going into the playoffs. The folks at Bleacher Report go over their complaints and offer you reasons why Peter Chiarelli could have done more for the organization this time out. (Bleacher Report)

It can be said the Bruins had a mediocre trade run. The same can’t be said of the Bruins oldest and ugliest rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. In what appears to be the coup of the trade talks, Montreal got perennial Bruins bane Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders. The Islanders will get Sebastian Collberg and a second-round pick in return. They’ll also get a fifth round pick if the Habs make the playoffs.  While I am certainly no fan of the bleu, blanc et rouge, as a hockey fan you have to be excited with Vanek’s arrival in Montreal. The oldest and nastiest rivalry in hockey just got a little nastier. (WEEI)

When Roberto Luongo was traded to the Florida Panthers and ended up as a team mate to arch-rival Tim Thomas, he was reported to have said that the dream team was together. That dream lasted less than twenty four hours as Tim Thomas was shipped off to the Dallas Stars to have a reunion with Tyler Seguin. Thomas was sent to Dallas in exchange for Dan Ellis. Luongo finally gets to be the # 1 goalie for a franchise, and Timmy gets to back up Kari Lehtonen as the Stars attempt to end a five year playoff drought. (ESPN)