5 Deals the Boston Bruins Must Consider at the NHL Trade Deadline
5 Deals the Boston Bruins Must Consider
The NHL trade deadline is just around the corner, and the Boston Bruins are one of the best teams in the league. The Bruins have dominated the Atlantic Division all year and trail only the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference standings. Barring an unforeseen meltdown of catastrophic proportions, the Bruins are a lock for the postseason.
The Bruins started the season with much of the core group that led them to a Stanley Cup in 2011 and a Stanley Cup Finals appearance last year. Their biggest losses in the offseason were defenseman Andrew Ference and right wing Nathan Horton. Both players were fan favorites in Boston, but with a talented pool of prospects and the acquisition of Loui Eriksson and Jarome Iginla the Bruins remain a top team.
As the trade deadline approaches, general manager Pete Chiarelli has stated he expects things to be mostly quiet in Boston. The Bruins have just over $4 million in cap space to work with, and fortunately, the Bruins don’t need to make any drastic changes to their lineup to make it deep into the playoffs. Of course, if the right trade came along at the right price, Chiarelli would jump on it.
The one area that could be improved is the team’s defensive situation. Since losing defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a season-ending injury in December, the Bruins have felt his loss. Seidenberg was a key part of the Bruins’ shutdown penalty kill and an all-around veteran presence on the blue line. If the Bruins can trade for a defenseman to soak up minutes, look for Chiarelli to pull the trigger. Keeping that in mind, these are the five moves the Bruins must consider at the trade deadline.
5. Jordan Caron
Jordan Caron might be one of the few pieces that Chiarelli moves as the trade deadline approaches. He is an RFA at the end of the season, and unfortunately for Caron, some of the other prospects on the team have really shone this year.
4. Adam McQuaid
Defenseman Adam McQuaid was considered the odd man out at the start of the season when it came to Bruins’ defense. An injury-riddled season has lowered his trade stock, but he could be used as part of trade package to the right buyer.
3. Don't Move Malcolm Subban
With Tuukka Rask signed through the 2020-21 season, there might be some temptation to include goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban in a deal. He was Boston’s first-round draft pick in 2010 and is playing his first full year on the Providence Bruins, but moving him now would make no sense. The Bruins would be wise to hold onto him for at least a few more seasons and see how he develops.
2. Dan Girardi
New York Rangers' Dan Girardi is one of two defensemen rumored to be available that the Bruins should consider. He would be a good fit for the team, but the price for Girardi is expected to be rather high. Unless that price comes down, which is highly unlikely, the Bruins will probably look elsewhere to shore up their defense.
1. Andrew MacDonald
Of all the defensemen on the trading block, New York Islanders' Andrew MacDonald would be the best option for the Bruins to pursue. He’s defensive-minded and can soak up minutes at both even strength and on the penalty kill. As an added bonus, he takes up very little cap space at $550,000 and would be a perfect rental option for Boston.