BRUINS NEED A WINGER, COULD MOVE A DEFENSEMAN
- Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston examined several trade options for the Bruins to address their need for a top-six winger.
- New Jersey’s Taylor Hall would certainly help but he’s a left-winger and a long shot in terms of trade cost and salary cap.
- The Vegas Golden Knights’ limited cap space could make Alex Tuch someone to consider but he could cost someone like Jake DeBrusk in a trade package.
- Minnesota’s Jason Zucker would be an upgrade over what the Bruins currently have but they’d have to give up valuable draft picks and/or prospects plus a young roster player.
- New York Rangers winger (and local boy) Chris Kreider could be a playoff rental near the trade deadline.
- So could Florida’s Mike Hoffman or the LA Kings’ Tyler Toffoli.
- A draft pick and a prospect should get it done for either guy.
- An affordable gamble could be New York Islanders winger Josh Ho-Sang, who recently cleared waivers.
- Another would be Edmonton Oilers right winger Jesse Puljujarvi. who’s in Finland awaiting a trade.
- Jimmy Murphy from Boston Hockey Now believes the Bruins will likely need to move a defenseman when Kevan Miller and John Moore come off injured reserve.
- He cites sources claiming general manager Don Sweeney is working the phones.
- Shopping either blueliner could be difficult.
- Miller has an injury history while Moore is a third-pairing rearguard carrying a $2.7-million annual average value through 2022-23.
- The Bruins could also demote Steven Kampfer or Connor Clifton, though the latter will have to clear waivers if he plays seven more games this season.
- If Sweeney can’t move Miller or Moore, he could be forced to trade a player he doesn’t necessarily want to move.
- Murphy suggests Torey Krug could surface in trade speculation.
- He’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and would fetch that elusive top-six winger.
- Krug would attract plenty of interest in the trade market but I doubt Sweeney will move him. Despite Krug’s pending UFA status, the Bruins regard him as a necessary piece for another run at the Stanley Cup next spring.
- Moving Miller or Moore won’t be easy but Sweeney could find a club with sufficient cap space desperate for blueline help. He could also include a draft pick or prospect to sweeten the deal.
- Sweeney could wait until the trade deadline approaches to bring in a suitable rental winger.
- He’s under no pressure to make a move with the Bruins playing well through the early going.
Sources & Credits: Joe Haggerty, NBC Sports, Boston, Jimmy Murphy, Boston Hockey Now, Spectors Hockey
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