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Moose Droppings: Latest success of a former Bruin

Sammy Pahlsson's relentless work defensively -- not to mention the game winning goal he scored in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals -- is driving the Ottawa Senators and their fans to distraction. But there's someone else his great work should be bothering:

The Boston Bruins.

What's this you say, oh mighty Moose? Why drag the already downtrodden B's into this discussion? Especially since their season ended nearly two months ago? Because Pahlsson was involved two lopsided Bruins trades, and Boston wound up on the short end of both of them.

Note that I didn't say the worst trade in Bruins history, because as long as there are general managers with telephones, Boston's little "teach Joe Thornton a lesson and send him San Jose" experiment will stand as the gold standard of franchise-destroying moves.

But in terms of sheer quantity of badness, it's hard to top the chain reaction that the Bruins set in motion when they traded Ray Bourque to Colorado. Bourque went to the Avalanche (along with Dave Andreychuk) and realized his dream of finally winning the Stanley Cup.

And how did the Bruins do? Well, in return they got Brian Rolston, who played four years in Boston before bolting as a free agent. They also got Martin Grenier, who played 15 games in the NHL, none of them for the Bruins.

They got a first round draft pick, which they used to select Martin Samuelsson. Like Grenier, he played a whopping 15 NHL games, but at least they were for the Bruins.

And they got Sammy Pahlsson.

Pahlsson lasted all of 17 games the following season in Boston, before he was dealt to Anaheim. And just when you thought the festering stench of the Bourque trade couldn't get any worse for the Bruins, it did.

In exchange for the player now named as a finalist for the Selke trophy as the top defensive forward in the league, the Bruins received Patrick Traverse and Andrei Nazarov, a borderline defenseman and a Russian who fancied himself as a goon.

Strangely, the NHL's heavyweights didn't have the same high opinion of Nazarov's fighting ability. He didn't last a full season in Boston, while Traverse's stay was even shorter.

And Pahlsson? He's playing in the finals (for the second time in four seasons), centering what just may be the best checking line in the league, and standing two wins away from winning the Stanley Cup. Meanwhile, the Bruins missed the playoffs for the second straight season, and the fourth time in the last seven years.

New Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli has promised there will be changes next season, which means that the Bruins will likely be active in the free agent market, and perhaps even looking to make some deals.

Someone, please stop them before they trade again.

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