I’m still not satisfied with how the Bruins look going into the 2021 season. They haven’t made any moves significant enough to be serious contenders, and that’s the main goal. The team is fighting to keep their heads above water, especially with the aging core. 43-year-old captain Zdeno Chara has yet to be re-signed and doesn’t have much time left in the league. Patrice Bergeron is 35 and David Krejci is 34. Goaltender Tuukka Rask is 33 and will be a UFA this coming season.
The Bruins will also be without David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand during the beginning of the season. The pair had surgeries in September to repair injuries sustained during the playoffs. It’s no secret that this duo is crucial to the first line and the team as a whole.
TSN reporter Frank Seravalli has announced the Vegas Golden Knights are interested in moving Max Pacioretty to free up cap space. Pacioretty is still playing some of his best hockey at 32-years-old. He scored 32 goals and 34 assists with the Golden Knights last season.
Since he’s not a young player anymore, it wouldn’t cost the Bruins too much to acquire Pacioretty. Giving up some prospects and picks or even Ondrej Kase would suffice.
Pacioretty could be the solution to the never-ending search for a promising winger for Krejci. A second line consisting of DeBrusk-Krejci-Pacioretty would be dangerous. Goal scoring was a huge issue during the playoffs and is one of the main reasons the Bruins could not advance any further.
Unfortunately, this deal is probably more wishful thinking than anything. The Bruins have not come up as a possible landing spot for him. The locker room presence could also be a problem considering Chara’s hit on Pacioretty in 2011.
– Caylee Allard (@2kaRask)
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