Boston Bruins Acquire Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers.


Once again, the Boston Bruins make a judgment call that has the fan base wondering what’s really in all that dirty water. Today, Bruins GM Don Sweeney announced today that the Bruins have traded Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo for the Bruins natural third round draft pick in 2017.

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Last season, Rinaldo played 58 games for the Flyers. He put up six points (one goal) for Philadelphia. While his offensive production was low, Rinaldo led the team in penalty minutes with one hundred and two.

In his career, Rinaldo has laced up the skates 223 times in the NHL. He’s spent his entire career with all with Philadelphia. In that time he’s put up a total on twenty-four points(eight goals). On the plus side, he’s racked a career 572 penalty minutes. Rinaldo has led the Flyers in penalty minutes for the last four seasons.

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  • Does anyone else remember how we were going to overhaul the fourth line? We said good-bye to players like Shawn Thornton (who was so much more to Boston then an enforcer), because the Bruins weren’t going to have those kind of players anymore. The Bruins organization that thought the production of Gregory Campbell(12 points, 6 goals) and Daniel Paille(13 pts, 6 goals) were so poor they weren’t going to be resigned with the Bruins. The B’s that put their foot down and said we’re going to have a speed and skill based fourth line.

    I certainly remember, and I’m sure a lot of you out there do as well.

    Then the Bruins go and do this. Realistically, the only place they can put Rinaldo is on the fourth line. So, the new speed-and-skill line will have a player that makes Shawn Thornton look like Patrice Bergeron.  The Boston Bruins had enough trouble on the penalty-kill last season, and hiring a player who routinely decorates the penalty box will not make things better.  First we give the Flyers a gift by not picking Travis Konecny in this weekend’s draft, and now we take on their problem child for a third round draft pick.

    The one thing going for the Bruins in this mess is that at least it wasn’t another cap disaster move. Rinaldo only comes with a $850,000/yr price tag.  I’m sure Don Sweeney has some sort of plan for the Black and Gold moving forward. If it’s all the same Mr. Sweeney, I think we’d all like to be let in on this plan before we lose our minds.

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