The Bruins started the trade deadline early with the addition of Charlie Coyle last week. This trade helps with their third line and if they don’t add anybody they could move Coyle up to the second line if need be.
The Bruins have been active according to sources but they have struck out on a couple deals.
This hurts to see if you’re a Bruins fan. Especially seeing they were in on Dzingel. The market is low this year because so many players are available. Unlike last year where you saw the Bruins trade a first round pick for Rick Nash who did nothing to help.
Dzingel went for Duclair and two-second rounders. I would have loved to see Dzingel on that second line next to Krejci. Dzingel has 22 tucks on the year and Krejci is playing spectacular this year, give him Dzingel and the Bruins arguably have two of the best lines in hockey. But we can only dream at this point.
Nyquist went for a second and third and would have been a nice fit for the Bruins. He has 16 tucks on the year and has great offensive skill. He is not really a true top six forward but defiantly a strong top nine forward for sure. If the Bruins landed him it also would have been a nice addition.
Where do the Bruins go from here? I believe Sweeney will make a deal to help improve the top six especially at winger. Mark Stone is the big target everybody wants but Ottawa is asking for the farm. He would be a perfect fit for the Bruins plays wing and currently has 28 tucks. Is he worth the asking price though, considering he is a UFA at the end of the year I would say no. Unless you are confident a contract could be reached.
So who else could the Bruins be looking at?
- Wayne Simmonds – Simmonds looks to be on his way on of Philly. The Bruins should check in on him but he should not be their number one option. Simmonds had a lot of miles on him and his style of play has caused him to slow down a bit. He would be a great locker guy and leader but most of his production comes on the PP this is not what the Bruins need. Now if the price is right I don’t know maybe a fourth-round pick and the deadline is nearing I’d pull the trigger. Other than that no.
- Kevin Hayes – The Rangers are obvious sellers and Hayes is the next guy to go. They sat Hayes the other night which means he is going to be traded. He can play either center or wing, currently has 14 tucks on the year with 28 assist Hayes should be a guy to look at if you’re the Bruins. Could see a similar deal get done here like the Zuccarello trade, between New York and Dallas, involving a second and a third as a starting point.
- Mike Hoffman – Reports are saying the Panthers are shopping around Hoffman. If this is true this should be the Bruins number one target. He plays right wing and he can put the puck in the net. He also has one more year after this season which should attract the Bruins. Might be a bit of steep price to get him but if its right Sweeney should get this deal done. It will help the team not only this year but next year as well.
I think the Bruins will be one of the most active teams on Monday. Sweeney does not have the best trade history so let’s hope that is behind him. A top six winger is needed for this team. They already added depth to their third line now go out and get a winger Sweeney. I don’t want a deep playoff run I need a deep playoff run.