NHL Rumors: Boston Bruins Trade Deadline Strategy
Don’t expect the Boston Bruins to make headlines at the trade deadline
** Transcript from NHLrumors.com
Host: We’ve talked about the Maple Leafs and what they’re going to do at the deadline, but what about the Boston Bruins? Do they hunt big game? You think they’re looking for a real impact piece because this team has been flawless all year. So what do you think they are trying to do?
Chris Johnston on TSN 1050 Radio: “Here’s what we know about Don Sweeney, he was pretty aggressive. He got Taylor Hall a few years ago at the deadline and Hampus Lindholm last year before the deadline. Extended Both.
Here’s the thing and stop me if you’ve heard this before, they have virtually no ceiling space. So any money Boston brings in, they’re going to have to ship money right now.
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Now they could have a serious injury by the deadline, so maybe someone is on LTIR and it’s a different cap picture. As they line up, the Bruins are a team that doesn’t have much flexibility to take the kind of swing they have in the past.
They don’t have a lot of crying needs. They will turn to another attacker. I think they are quite comfortable with their defense. But unless something drastically changes injury-wise by the deadline, I think they’ll add some depth bits that won’t make the headlines because they probably don’t need them and that the ceiling won’t allow them to do it.”
The Bruins will instead look to add depth at the deadline
ESPN’s Emily Kaplan: Kaplan was on ESPN’s The Point with John Buccigross and said the Bruins wouldn’t give up major assets to pick up a deadline date rental. They’ve been burned by it over the years.
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They are looking for players who can play in the middle, maybe a bit of versatility in the middle and on the wing, but who don’t have to give up a ton of assets for or ideally are locked in the past this season for the cost certainty.
I heard another area they were watching was defender from depth.