With The Free Agency Pool Dwindling, What Can The Bruins Do?

It’s been a week since the Bruins moved on from Torey Krug. The bitterness has left my mouth and I’ve decided that moving on from Krug is not the worst thing in the world. The Bruins have a lot to do and with the free agent pool dwindling, it’s almost time to start biting our nails. While the Bruins are still making moves like signing forwards Craig Smith and Greg McKegg, there are spots the need to be filled. 

Moving on From Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk is an RFA and his name has been on TSN’s Trade Bait List and his name has circulated through the trade rumors grapevine. I think that’s going to happen with anyone coming off their ELC, especially one that has potential like Jake DeBrusk. 

We could have a Reilly Smith situation on our hands though. Maybe he’s done all he can in Boston and it’s time for him to move on. How long can you sit on someone like DeBrusk? His stellar rookie season put him on the map. Sadly, it’s been on a downward trend since.  

The Bruins are in desperate need of a left-shot defenseman. What could the Bruins do to acquire one? Calgary’s Noah Hanifin has been mentioned when it comes to swapping DeBrusk. Both are 23 years old and Hanafin has 3 seasons left on his contract at a  $4.9m cap hit. DeBrusk’s agent has been floating around negotiations starting at $5m. If the Flames and Bruins could make it happen, I think that this is a fair deal. It’d be a homecoming for both of them as well which is just an added bonus. 

Where Is Don Sweeney?

Nate Schmidt was traded from Vegas to Vancouver for a third-round pick in 2022. That’s chump change for someone of Schmidt’s caliber. Don Sweeney has earned the nickname Dealin’ Donny and Sweenius after working his tail off to snag players at deadlines and in free agency. What’s he up to this year? 

A lot of fans have pointed out that they believe a lot of it has to do with ownership. I can get behind that. There’s no way to get fans in the arena due to COVID-19 so why spend money on a name that would put people in the seats? I mean, this is the same ownership that refused to pay their employees unless the last six home games were played. Cheap would be an understatement.


At the end of the day, it comes down to winning. The Bruins window is just about closed. Zdeno Chara is exploring all options. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci are getting up there in age and this feels like the first offseason in forever that one if not both of them did not require surgery.

The Bruins might need to get creative if they want to bring a cup home before the core moves on. 2019 was more than likely the last year they could get it done. If anything, I hope they prove me wrong.

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