By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on June 10, 2014
With Jarome Iginla yet to be signed and Brad Marchand very much on the trading block, the Boston Bruins should be looking into other options for their top two lines. Whether through trade or free agency, the Bruins will have plenty of options to address their scoring woes if they need to. While the Bruins are a perennial contender, some changes might be just what they need to keep them back to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015.
The former Boston College star would be committing treason in the eyes of Montreal Canadiens fans, which is more than enough reason for the Bruins to offer him a contract. Brian Gionta would offer the Bruins veteran leadership, solid defensive play, and timely offense. He may be 35 and his glory days may be behind him, but he’d still be solid fit for the Bruins.
Marian Gaborik’s record-setting postseason with the Los Angeles Kings may have priced him out of Boston’s range, but if there is an opening in Boston’s top six, the Bruins will surely be reaching out to the free agent. His speed and goal scoring ability would look great next to Patrice Bergeron. Having a fellow countryman in captain Zdeno Chara gives the Bruins an inside source close to Gaborik to convince him to come aboard.
The natural pivot would have to switch over to the wing, but his two-way play, grit and 40 goal past make him a desirable trade target. While he’d cost the Bruins assets and has a negative history in Boston, the Bruins will surely be one of the teams inquiring about the Michigan native. New Canucks’ GM Jim Benning was an assistant GM in Boston, which could give the Bruins an inside track.
The Phoenix Coyote has long been undervalued and the Bruins could very well take advantage of that. The former 30-goal scorer would fit in anywhere in Boston’s lineup, giving the offense a shot in the arm without marginalizing the team’s defense-first mentality.
The Bruins have coveted the Winnipeg Jets winger for a long time now, and this may be the summer they finally get a deal done. While Evander Kane has been immature in the past, the amount of leadership in Boston’s locker room would make this a non-issue. His power forward type game would make him a perfect fit with the Bruins style, and given the team’s organizational depth, there is plenty of equity for the Jets to choose from.
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