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NO IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO TRADE ETHAN BEAR FOR JAKE DEBRUSK. ALSO: #GAMEDAY!

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Morning, folks.

Sorry in advance for my being ornery this morning but the first words I consumed were akin to ‘trading Ethan Bear for Jake DeBrusk would be good’ and I’ve been at some stage of a conniption ever since.

I really, truly, honest to god believed that we were beyond the days of trying to rationalize trading away their best defenseman.

OK, so it’s not so cut and dry right now. Darnell Nurse is enjoying a pretty solid campaign while Bear’s numbers have been slipping since his return to injury but, do you know what that tells me? His injury was damn serious. Keen observers will still note that Bear occupies the spot beside Darnell Nurse when games are on the line. Still.

You’re telling me you’d trade either of the former — two 23 year old, top four D set to make less than $3MM between them next season — for a guy who can’t crack the Bruins lineup consistently and will make more than both of them combined?!

No thanks.

Bear

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Jones

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DeBrusk

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Also, they play Ottawa again tonight. LFG.


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