Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Bruins need secondary scoring because their offense is nowhere near what it should be.
Craig Smith, Jake DeBrusk, Charlie Coyle, and veteran David Krejci have not been producing as expected. A middle-six forward addition is crucial if the Bruins even want to think about making it to the postseason.
Per Elliotte Friedman, the New Jersey Devils have been talking with Kyle Palmieri about extending his contract. If they don’t come to an agreement, they will try to trade him. The Bruins are at the top of the list and have been for years.
With Ondrej Kase out for the foreseeable future, Palmieri could fit nicely on the second line with Krejci and DeBrusk. In order to snag the veteran forward, a 1st-round pick and a prospect could be enough. However, one of these prospects could be Jack Studnicka. Studnicka has been a budding star and performing quite well.
Palmieri currently has 12 points in 25 games played this season. While this isn’t stellar, the Bruins’ secondary scoring has been much worse. Smith was supposed to be a key piece for the offense, yet he has just four goals and five assists in 26 games. Greg McKegg was also picked up during the offseason and has spent most of his time on the taxi squad.
This is the last year of Palmieri’s $23,250,000 contract which carries a cap hit of $4,650,000. The Devils are not going to want to pay Palmieri anymore, especially since they are trying to invest in Jack Hughes, Mackenzie Blackwood, and Nico Hischier. They are also still paying P.K. Subban for his $9 million AAV.
Palmieri had 45 points last season and had 50 points in 2018-2019. He has been putting up these numbers in the 40 and 50 point range for the past five seasons. He is a consistent top-six forward who can score, improve the power play, show up in big games, and has a hard shot.
Don Sweeney needs to pull the trigger on this one (or anyone of value, really) or he will be on the hot seat. His additions have not been enough to put the Bruins where they need to be. People are already talking about the team possibly missing the playoffs. They cannot rely on the top line of Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak to do everything. Scoring one – or even two – goals per game does not get you the Stanley Cup.
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