Are the Bruins shopping restricted free-agent-to-be forward Danton Heinen? According to one well placed NHL source, yes.
“The Bruins are willing to trade Heinen,” the source told BostonHockeyNow.
Heinen is one of three RFA’s on the roster – the others being defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo – this offseason and it’s pretty obvious Carlo and McAvoy aren’t going anywhere. They are looked at as the future foundation of the Boston blue line and while they will surely get hefty pay raises, general manager Don Sweeney will be happy to give them what they deserve. As for Heinen, after two goals and six assists in the playoffs and eleven goals and 23 assists in the regular season, he won’t command nearly as much as Carlo and McAvoy, but after proving to be a reliable and smart defensive forward, teams are interested and Sweeney is listening.
Just prior to the start of the NHL Draft Friday night, NationalHockeyNow colleague and head of ColoradoHockeyNow Adrian Dater tweeted that Sweeney and Avalanche GM Joe Sakic were engaged in conversation on the draft floor. Could Colorado be interested in the former University of Denver star?
Joe Sakic talking with Don Sweeney of Bruins right now @ColHockeyNow
— Adrian Dater (@adater) June 21, 2019
There was no confirmation of that but there was plenty of chatter that the Bruins were looking to get a second round pick since they didn’t have one as the draft began.
Word is #NHLBruins trying to acquire a 2nd round pick. Problem is, the GM of the year has to find someone to buy what he's selling.
— Dominic Tiano (@dominictiano) June 21, 2019
One thing is for certain, the Bruins are active in trade talks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.