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5 Massachusetts Born Players Who Would Be Great with the Boston Bruins

5 Massachusetts Born Players Who Would be Great Boston Bruins

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For all of the great players who have passed through the Boston Bruins over the years, a Massachusetts born and raised star has not been one of them. With hockey in Massachusetts back on the upswing, seeing a homegrown player soon isn’t a stretch. These 5 players are all rising stars who would look great in black and gold if the opportunity ever presented itself.

5. Jimmy Hayes

Jimmy Hayes
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5. Jimmy Hayes

Jimmy Hayes
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The Dorchester native came into his own with the Panthers this season and was a black ace on the Chicago Blackhawks team that beat the Bruins in 2013 Stanley Cup Final before that. With an arbitration hearing scheduled for next week, he could be a free agent if the Panthers don’t like the deal. The power forward from Neponset would fit in well anywhere with the Bruins.

4. Brian Boyle

Brian Boyle
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4. Brian Boyle

Brian Boyle
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The 6-foot-7 center would be the second tallest Bruin and help make the Bruins an even more elite faceoff team. The Hingham native just inked a nice deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning, making this union at the very best unlikely.

3. Keith Yandle

Keith Yandle
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3. Keith Yandle

Keith Yandle
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He is seemingly always on the trading block and would surely kick-start the Bruins power play. If he does leave Arizona, the Bruins would surely love to bring the Canton native home.

2. Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle
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2. Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle
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The power forward has established himself as a bona fide NHLer with Minnesota, but in so many ways he was born to wear black and gold. The Weymouth native is a restricted free agent after next season, and if he is not re-signed by then look for the Bruins to kick the tires on the former Thayer Academy star.

1. Chris Kreider

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1. Chris Kreider

Chris Kreider
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The speedster has yet to be re-signed by the Rangers, and with New York in salary cap trouble and the Bruins itching to make a move, don’t rule this out. David Krejci centering the puck to the Boxford native would make people across New England happy.