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Bruins to retire Willie O’Ree’s number 22 this season

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The Boston Bruins are set to honor the NHL’s first black player in a big way.

The team announced they are retiring Willie O’Ree’s number 22 and hanging it up in the rafters at TD Garden during a ceremony prior to their game against the New Jersey Devils on February 18.

The 85-year old, who made his NHL debut for the Bruins back in 1958, has already been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame under the builder category.

He ended his brief NHL career with four goals and 10 assists in 45 combined games. He also enjoyed a lengthy career in the WHL with the Los Angeles Blades and San Diego Gulls in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

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Bruins bolster offence with Taylor Hall acquisition

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The Boston Bruins have added some much-needed scoring depth as they look to move up the standings in the East division.

The team has acquired former MVP Taylor Hall and veteran forward Curtis Lazar from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Anders Bjork and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Hall, 29, has struggled this season with the Sabres, posting just two goals and 19 assists in 37 games. But getting out of the toxic environment in Buffalo and onto a contending team in Boston will more likely than not get him out of his season-long funk and back to his All-Star ways.

He is in the final season of a one-year, $8 million contract and will be an unrestricted free agent again this offseason.

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Leafs acquire Nick Foligno, Stefan Noesen in three-team trade with Blue Jackets, Sharks

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a big splash ahead of the trade deadline.

The team announced it has acquired veteran forward Nick Foligno from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Stefan Noesen from the San Jose Sharks. As part of the deal, they have sent their 2021 first round draft pick and 2022 fourth rounder to the Blue Jackets, and a 2021 fourth round draft pick to the Sharks.

In order to fit him in the salary cap, the Leafs will only retain 25% of Foligno’s salary.

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Canucks sign Tanner Pearson to three-year extension

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Finally some positive news to come out of the Vancouver Canucks organization following a COVID-19 outbreak that has affected over 20 players on the team.

The Canucks have agreed to sign veteran forward Tanner Pearson to a three-year, $9.75 million contract extension. His current four-year, $15 million deal was set to expire at the end of the season.

“Tanner is a veteran who’s won a Stanley Cup and leads by example,” said Canucks GM Jim Benning.

“He plays a complete game and provides invaluable leadership experience to our core young players. We are very pleased for Tanner and his family to continue his career as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.”

The 28-year old, who has not played since mid-March due to a lower body injury, has struggled throughout the 2021 season, recording just 11 points in 33 games. However, he has been a positive impact on the team since they acquired him in a trade back in February 19.

During the previous pandemic shortened campaign in 2019/2020, he recorded a career-high in goals (21) and points (45) through 69 games.

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