By Stu Laperle on June 5, 2014
The offseason can make or break a team. Whether it is rebuilding an entire squad or filling in the gaps, every team is looking to wheel and deal. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli must replace the speed B's lost last season when he traded away Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin. Here are five players that the Bruins should considering trading if they want to compete with high flying teams like the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.
Although Jordan Caron appeared in 35 games this season for the Bruins, the former first-round draft pick failed to generate much offense. His ice time was primarily confined to the third and fourth units, where he tallied a mere three points. Maybe he needs a little more experience and development, or maybe the Bruins should try to cut their ties with the restricted free agent.
While the Bruins' young defensemen were logging solid minutes all season, some of the older players were left on the bench counting rivets. With both Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter becoming unrestricted free agents, it only makes sense to try to trade both veterans for some younger forwards or draft picks who can bring some speed to a rather sluggish offense.
A strong and agile skater, the late Herb Brooks would say "this kid can flat out play." There is no doubt that Matt Bartkowski can be a force on the blue line; the only issue is the plethora of B's defensemen who are battling for six starting positions. With both Bartkowski and Torey Krug becoming restricted free agents, it is unlikely that both will remain in Bruins sweaters. No matter where Bartkowski ends up, he will make his presence known.
With a three-way bout between Tuukka Rask, Chad Johnson and Malcom Subban as to who should be between the pipes come next season, it is obvious one guy must go. Rask is the clear front-runner, but Johnson will be looking for a starting position, and we all know hockey runs in the Subban family. At the end of the day, it is unlikely Johnson will remain a Bruin, but will Subban become the backup or will he be taking his duties elsewhere as well?
We saw a flip-flop of team captains between New York Rangers' Ryan Callahan and Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis who were sent packing at the trade deadline. Maybe this is what the Bruins need? Zdeno Chara is 37 years old. Although his stats have remained consistent since joining the B's in 2006, a big move like this could result in some serious money for the Bruins which they could send on pampering their offense with an All-Star forward.
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