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02-06-2012, 10:44 PM
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Bruins greatest acquisitions

Im just going to start by naming the greatest acquisition through each way of business in the NHL. Trade, Draft, and Free Agency.

Greatest trade-Phil Esposito, Fred Stanfield, and Ken Hodge from Chicago Blackhawks for three players...Phil became an intrigal part of two stanley cup teams and the other two had a role in it as well.

Greatest Draft Pick-Raymond Bourque. I guess you can put this in the category of trades too since that how the selection was acquired but there are no other draft picks in Bruins history that can match one of the greatest Bruins ever.

Greatest Free Agent Signing-Im going to go with Zdeno Chara. Boston for the longest time was never really a glitzy destination for high profile free agents so when we did sign Big Z it was a welcome surprise to a lot of people.

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Im just going to start by naming the greatest acquisition through each way of business in the NHL. Trade, Draft, and Free Agency.

Greatest trade-Phil Esposito, Fred Stanfield, and Ken Hodge from Chicago Blackhawks for three players...Phil became an intrigal part of two stanley cup teams and the other two had a role in it as well.

Greatest Draft Pick-Bobby Orr. I guess you can put this in the category of trades too since that how the selection was acquired but there are no other draft picks in Bruins history that can match one of the greatest Bruins ever.

Greatest Free Agent Signing-Im going to go with Zdeno Chara. Boston for the longest time was never really a glitzy destination for high profile free agents so when we did sign Big Z it was a welcome surprise to a lot of people.
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Orr wasn't drafted.

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1966 Amateur draft no?

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1966 Amateur draft no?
No. Orr signed with the Bruins when he was 14 years old. That's the way it worked before the draft was instituted. He wasn't drafted.

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No. Orr signed with the Bruins when he was 14 years old. That's the way it worked before the draft was instituted. He wasn't drafted.
gotcha! thanks for getting my facts straightened out haha

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gotcha! thanks for getting my facts straightened out haha
No prob, it's a common misconception. There's an interesting book called, IIRC, "Searching for Bobby Orr" that details how he was discovered and how the Bruins managed to land him. It's a fascinating look at what scouting and signing players was like before the draft. Definitely worth the read.

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Greatest trade (I absolutely hated this trade at the time when I was a kid) Barry Pederson to Vancouver for a guy named Cam Neely and the Canucks first round draft pick which turned out to be Glen Wesley.

Another great trade was Ken Hodge to the Rangers for Rick Middleton.
The Bruins also got the better of the Rangers when they sent Espo and Vadnais to NY for Park and Ratelle.

Another far lesser trade that I liked was fleecing the Flyers for Dave Poulin when Ken Linseman had nothing left in the tank.

Also think that we don't win the Cup without adding Kelly and Peverley last year. So those were great acquisitions--at least for the short term.

Free Agent: I will go with Big Z as well.

I guess draft is Ray Bourque. Bergeron is in the mix.

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Not the greatest trade (in the Esposito/Neely tradition) but one of my favorites:

Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums for Mark Recchi and a 2nd round pick.

Two career minor leaguers for Mr. Character Intangibles and a second round pick that later was turned into Denis Seidenberg.

It's often the slick, non splashy deals that put teams over the top.

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Not the greatest trade (in the Esposito/Neely tradition) but one of my favorites:

Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums for Mark Recchi and a 2nd round pick.

Two career minor leaguers for Mr. Character Intangibles and a second round pick that later was turned into Denis Seidenberg.

It's often the slick, non splashy deals that put teams over the top.
Great point.

The trade that netted Koko (Kobasew for a second-round pick) could end up as another one of those under-the-radar moves.

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Im just going to start by naming the greatest acquisition through each way of business in the NHL. Trade, Draft, and Free Agency.

Greatest trade-Phil Esposito, Fred Stanfield, and Ken Hodge from Chicago Blackhawks for three players...Phil became an intrigal part of two stanley cup teams and the other two had a role in it as well.

Greatest Draft Pick-Raymond Bourque. I guess you can put this in the category of trades too since that how the selection was acquired but there are no other draft picks in Bruins history that can match one of the greatest Bruins ever.

Greatest Free Agent Signing-Im going to go with Zdeno Chara. Boston for the longest time was never really a glitzy destination for high profile free agents so when we did sign Big Z it was a welcome surprise to a lot of people.
I totally agree with this. Signing Chara allowed them to sign Savard the very next day. Savard said something along the lines of the reason he came here was because the Bruins showed they were serious by signing Chara.

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The thing I have liked most about Chia so far is his penchant for making the under the radar deal for a player who proves very valuable in the long run. How many of us said 'Chris Kelly, wtf?!' after that deal went down last year?

Harry pulled off some all time beauts in his time, but he had lost his fastball by the time Kevin Stevens came to town.

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No mention yet of the Tuukka trade. That might go down as the steal of the century.

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No mention yet of the Tuukka trade. That might go down as the steal of the century.
The HFboard hilarity that ensued alone made this deal worth it. Ditto Soderberg and Toivonen... definite win for B's fans. Yeti...

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Not sure, but didn't we acquire Tim Thomas through free agency? It certainly wasn't considered a major move at the time, and he couldn't have been making much money, but it certainly has turned out pretty well, if that is the case.

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Not sure, but didn't we acquire Tim Thomas through free agency? It certainly wasn't considered a major move at the time, and he couldn't have been making much money, but it certainly has turned out pretty well, if that is the case.
Yup, he'd been playing in Europe. And yeah, it has turned out pretty well.

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Raycroft held out of camp post lockout and O'Connell brought TT in to try to pressure him into signing, IIRC.

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Chiarelli gotta be in there somewhere.

Let us not forget he's the first winning GM since Milt Schmidt.

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getting mcquaid for a 5th round pick is a solid minor trade. columbus then traded that pick to dallas who took benn. poor jackets.

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Joe Thornton.

IMO it started a series of moves that eventually led to the cup.

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Dumping that scrub Wideman for Horton was a genius move.

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Dumping that scrub Wideman for Horton was a genius move.
Meh, I haven't been thrilled with Horton so far and now with this concussion business, I have a feeling this is going to end in a wash.

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No. Orr signed with the Bruins when he was 14 years old. That's the way it worked before the draft was instituted. He wasn't drafted.
Well you could consider Orr the greatest FREE AGENT singing then.

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Meh, I haven't been thrilled with Horton so far and now with this concussion business, I have a feeling this is going to end in a wash.
Never! Horton scored the OT winner against Montreal!

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Greatest trade (I absolutely hated this trade at the time when I was a kid) Barry Pederson to Vancouver for a guy named Cam Neely and the Canucks first round draft pick which turned out to be Glen Wesley.

Another great trade was Ken Hodge to the Rangers for Rick Middleton.
The Bruins also got the better of the Rangers when they sent Espo and Vadnais to NY for Park and Ratelle.

Another far lesser trade that I liked was fleecing the Flyers for Dave Poulin when Ken Linseman had nothing left in the tank.

Also think that we don't win the Cup without adding Kelly and Peverley last year. So those were great acquisitions--at least for the short term.

Free Agent: I will go with Big Z as well.

I guess draft is Ray Bourque. Bergeron is in the mix.
Yeah, I hated it, too. Loved Pederson and Nifty, who didn't? Then watched Neely absolutely destroy the same defenseman twice on his first shift as a Bruin, and never looked back. Nor missed a single one of his shifts.

I think Adam Oates for Craig Janney deserves mention. Why would St.Louis even do that? Never understood their rationale. But after that, it seemed like every move Harry made blew up in his face.

Considering what happened last year, yeah, you have to go w/ Chara as far as free agent signings.

In the documentary History of the Boston Bruins, Harry says he intervened at the draft table, and insisted on drafting Ray Bourque. I had never heard that before. If so, pretty good call there by Sinden.

Bergeron, Lucic, and Krejci were all absolute steals where they were drafted.

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