The Boston Bruins Should Do Nothing
I would like to see the Bruins acquire a guy that will help in the now but also the future.Which means do not go and trade a bunch 2nd round picks for a Rich Peverley or a Zac Rinaldo and say that he is for a Veteran presence. The Bruins have Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara for that. Peverley was actually a good player who was essential in helping the B’s win the cup. That was then the league has changed drastically in these short few years. The NHL has moved to be a league of speed, skill, and offense first. It makes sense when there are guys like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel who are superstars at just 19 20 years old. We have one of our own in David Pastrnak who is 12th in goals.
Here are few reasons for a trade.
The Bruins desperately need a top 4 D-man. The only problem with that is that other teams know that, and they could spike the price and force Sweeney to overpay for a D-man. Boston has been missing a top 4 guy for a long time. Some would say Chara was a top 2 back when they won the Cup, and the couple years before when he won the Norris. One could argue that Johnny Boychuk was turning into that guy but we will never know now. Since then they have not had a big shutdown D-man. If the Bruins make a move I would prioritize defense.
One guy that I keep seeing that the Bruins should go after is Brendan Smith*, brother of former Bruin Riley Smith. NESN put out a list of players they think the Bruins could go and get. Smith is on that list. Smith would help the Bruins on the Back end a bit. I would give up a guy like Adam McQuaid and maybe a late round pick like 3rd or 4th round. The problem there is that Smith and McQuaid are very similar style of players. The only reason for it would be if Smith is cheaper. The list can be found here. I personally am not a fan of the list because it is chock-full of veteran players who can play but will not be big impact players.
Boston should not be too aggressive at the deadline because they have faith in their young guys to develop and become NHL players. The only problem is that one of the best prospects is only 19. He is Charlie McAvoy and is currently playing at Boston University. McAvoy has no NHL experience. We do not know what to expect from him, and he may want to finish school.
Sweeney may also do nothing because he is planning on signing a big UFA in the off-season. Tanner and I were talking last night and he said that could be why he did not try to go after Kevin Shattenkirk because he is A UFA at the end of the season. The Blues traded him so they could at least get something for him instead of him just leaving at the end of the season.
I would not expect too many fireworks tomorrow. But Sweeney could surprise us.
The Bruins play the Arizona Coyotes tonight at home, it is a 7 O’clock start.
*Smith was traded to the New York Rangers Earlier today, so he is off the market, just another reason not to make a move