New York Rangers: Five outside the box Derek Stepan replacements

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Mar 15, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner (51) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

Ryan Spooner

The 25 year old Spooner has played with Boston for the entirety of his NHL career. However, that doesn’t mean the road has always been smooth for him.

Claude Julien, who coached the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Championship in 2011, was applauded by many players and the organization as a whole. Three seasons after, when Spooner’s career began, he played in a decent 23 games. The season after that he played in 29 until finally he had his breakout season in 2015-2016, playing in 80 games.

But he always managed to be on Julien’s bad side. Even in games when he would score more than once, the coach would find something harsh to say about him.

Eventually, on February 7th, 2017, Julien was dismissed and Bruce Cassidy took his place. Although Spooner appears more comfortable with his system, there are still problems that surface. And he doesn’t want to be kept in the doghouse any longer.