The Boston Bruins rolled through Edmonton last night and rallied to come back from a two goal deficit and pick up a huge win. The Bruins made their first deal yesterday acquiring a depth defenseman in Nick Holden but now will they look to add to their forward group? Don Sweeney spoke yesterday and explained the addition of Holden was to create depth on the blue line. Since they had none during last year’s playoffs.
I’m no expert but carrying 9 defenseman is not the greatest idea, I understand last season in the playoffs the Bruins were plagued with injuries to their defenseman but 9 is a bit much. In my mind this makes someone on the back end expendable and it means that someone could be dealt in a deal for a forward. The player that would fetch the most return is Carlo ,McAvoy is untouchable, he is young and has proven his ability as a top pairing defenseman and with the likes of Zboril, Lauzon, Vaakanainen and Lindgren he becomes expendable. Carlo would be able to fetch a top 6 forward the Bruins are looking for. Carlo could certainly be moved for a rental winger at the deadline as long as the deal is the right fit for the Bruins, they still shouldn’t just give Carlo away for anybody.In order to acquire bigger names that aren’t rentals Carlo would need to be part of a package deal. Guys like Nash, Grabner, Kane and Vanek are still out there as rentals. For guys still under contract, Pacioretty, Hoffman and Jeff Skinner could be options.
Do any of these guys greatly improve the Bruins? Yes guys like these are proven goal scorers and all have playoff experience (except Kane). Just in case some of the Bruins rookies lose their scoring touch come the playoffs it might be good to have another veteran on that second line. Nash and Grabner would be ideal fits for that line with Grabner being the cheaper option to acquire. The guys with term are way less likely to be moved but maybe the Bruins could swing the right deal to bring in one of those guys. If the Bruins choose to stand pat don’t be surprised if you see a late season addition in Ryan Donato who just torched the Olympics and notched 5 goals. He’s also had a nice career at Harvard and has a great shot the Bruins could use if they avoid acquiring a winger at the deadline.
The trade deadline is set for Monday at 3 PM and there are plenty of teams looking to improve and even more looking to build their future by trading away assets. In any deal the Bruins make they would need to shed some salary as they are pretty close to the cap limit right now. Nothing left to do but wait and see, either way the Bruins are a great team but any great team can always get better at the deadline.
– Written By Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)