Should the Bruins be sellers at the deadline?

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Not surprisingly, last night’s 9-2 loss to Milan Lucic and the Kings garnered no shortage of opinions on the state of the Boston Bruins.

For example, here’s CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:

…the Bruins no longer have the kind of roster that can hold up in a ground-and-pound battle against the best of the West. Their 5-9-3 record against the Western Conference this season is clearly indicative of that. Julien pointed that out on Tuesday after watching his team get shellacked by the Kings and the point is valid: it’s probably time for the Bruins organization, the fans, the media and those around the league to wrap their minds around the concept that this season’s Bruins team can’t be held to the standard of past B’s teams.

They’re younger and quicker in some spots, but they’re also nowhere near as good.

And here’s ESPN’s Scott Burnside:

Yes, Boston owns a wild card spot as of Wednesday morning, but is anyone confident this is a team that can stay there, or make a dent if they get in?

WEEI’s DJ Bean had some thoughts:

Ultimately, the Bruins won’t need to worry about their record against good Western Conference teams because they sure as heck won’t be meeting them in the playoffs this season. Still, games like Tuesday against the Kings and the pre-break finale against the Ducks provide a nice reminder that despite hanging around in the East, the Bruins’ days of dominant play are well behind them. Given that they haven’t developed many young players and their core is only aging, that next wave of greatness could be pretty far away. 

And so too did NESN’s Jack Edwards, who opined during last night’s broadcast, “There has been a talent drain in Boston.”

Edwards was referring (again) to the once-vaunted Bruins defense that has struggled to replace Johnny Boychuk and Dougie Hamilton. Further complicating matters, at 38, Zdeno Chara is the third-oldest defenseman in the league.

Now, granted, it was only one game. Sometimes, a team just lays an egg. The Bruins are still in a good spot to make the playoffs.

That being said, even if they hadn’t lost so badly last night, the pressing question for the B’s would still be what GM Don Sweeney plans to do ahead of the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

Take winger Loui Eriksson, a 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent who’s enjoying a fine season with 16 goals and 24 assists. He could net the Bruins a nice return.

True, losing Eriksson for picks and/or prospects would make the Bruins weaker in the short term. But with that defense, the reality is that the short term may not be salvageable anyway.

Related: Kevan Miller is not the problem for Bruins, but he does illustrate the problem

Royal beating: Lucic, Kings crush Bruins 9-2

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The Boston Bruins welcomed Milan Lucic back on Tuesday. Maybe they shouldn’t have extended such a warm welcome to the Los Angeles Kings overall, however.

You won’t see many games as lopsided as this one, at least in 2015-16, as the Kings walloped the Bruins by a humbling score of 9-2.

Lucic wasn’t just there, either, as he scored a goal and an assist in his quite triumphant return to Boston.

Tuukka Rask had a short night in Boston’s net, yet it wasn’t as if Jonas Gustavsson enjoyed his time. It was a pretty sound beating by all accounts.

This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.

Bruins pay warm tribute to Milan Lucic

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Milan Lucic may or may not spend a big chunk of his career with the Los Angeles Kings, but the Boston Bruins haven’t forgotten his contributions.

(Their fans haven’t, either.)

The Bruins shared a tribute video for Lucic, decked out in a loud, retro-style Kings sweater on Tuesday. The hulking winger seemed to appreciate the nod from his former team, and also acknowledged fans who watched him develop into one of the league’s most formidable power forwards.

(H/T to the Score by way of The Hockey Beat for the video.)

Bruins tweaks: Gustavsson on IR, Subban and Pastrnak recalled

Philadelphia Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere, right, tries to block a shot by Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Philadelphia. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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The Boston Bruins made some noteworthy roster moves as the All-Star break draws to a close on Monday.

Let’s start in net. Jonas Gustavsson was placed on injured reserve, opening up an emergency recall for fellow goalie Malcolm Subban.

The larger on-ice impact may come with David Pastrnak (pictured) being recalled, however. While he hasn’t quite got off the ground at the NHL level so far in 2015-16, he closed out last season on a tear, so we’ll see if he can give the B’s a boost heading into a hopeful playoff run.

It may not be a long stay on IR for Gustavsson, aka “The Monster.”

“We placed Jonas on injured reserve as we await his final test results,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said. “Pending those final test results, he will be cleared for full participation by our medical staff.”

Bruins’ Gustavsson removed from game versus Ducks with elevated heart rate

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The Boston Bruins have provided an update on why goalie Jonas Gustavsson left Tuesday’s game due to illness and was taken to hospital.

From the Bruins:

“Jonas Gustavsson was removed from Tuesday’s game for precautionary reasons due to an elevated heart rate. He was taken to Mass General Hospital and remained there overnight for testing. All preliminary tests came back negative and he was discharged Wednesday afternoon. Jonas is expected to rejoin the team after the NHL All-Star Break pending clearance from the Bruins medical staff.”

The 31-year-old Gustavsson initially started the game versus the Anaheim Ducks, but was taken out of the game following the first period.

This isn’t the first time Gustavsson has been taken out of a game due to an elevated heart rate.

From Postmedia News in February, 2011:

Gustavsson’s heart problems first surfaced during training camp last year, when he experienced dizziness while riding a stationary bike. He underwent a procedure for a heart ablation, but then experienced similar problems during a game in December.

Since then, he has been symptom-free.

The Bruins signed Gustavsson last October to a one-year contract. He has appeared in 163 NHL games since coming into the league with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009-10.