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Are the Boston Bruins the third team in the reported trade that would see the Vegas Golden Knights send defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Florida Panthers and the Panthers ship defenseman MacKenzie Weegar to another team?

Over the past 18 hours, three NHL sources confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that the Boston Bruins have looked into acquiring Weegar given the fact that he went to arbitration and word around the league for the last few weeks has been that the Panthers were shopping the six-foot, 200-pound rugged defenseman that they drafted in the seventh round (206th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The speculation amongst these three sources was that MacKenzie Weegar would end up with Winnipeg Jets but late Sunday evening it appeared that the three-way trade between the Jets, Panthers, and Knights had hit a snag because another team had jumped into the fray. One source claimed that the team was the Bruins.  

On Sunday, friend of BHN, Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reported that the Knights were on the verge of dealing Schmidt to the Panthers in order to clear the necessary salary cap space to sign top unrestricted free agent defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Our friend and colleague George Richards of Florida Hockey Now then speculated that MacKenzie Weegar -a restricted free agent, who recently elected to go to arbitration- would be the odd man out on the Panthers’ blue line.

From Richards:

“If the Panthers were to bring Schmidt, a top-pair defenseman, that would only add more heat to the MacKenzie Weegar trade rumors which have been circulating the past few days.

Weegar, 26, is currently paired up with Aaron Ekblad on Florida’s top defensive pairing but would likely be replaced by Schmidt.

Florida would also have eight NHL defenseman under contract (counting the restricted free agent Weegar) not counting the likes of Brady Keeper and Chase Priskie.”

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MacKenzie Weegar would definitely fit the mold of ‘hard to play against’ which is something both Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney and team President Cam Neely have acknowledged was a goal to become this offseason. He finished last season with seven goals and 11 assists in 45 games and had 76 hits and 71 blocked shots. That’s definitely some ‘Big Bad Bruins’ type stats that Sweeney and Neely both acknowledged the Bruins were once again missing in their second round series loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

There’s one problem though that makes one wonder why the Bruins would be targeting Weegar: 

Weegar is a right-shot defenseman and would give the Bruins a right side of Weegar, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and Connor Clifton. There have been whispers that Clifton was being shopped but head coach Bruce Cassidy loves the former Quinnipiac star so that’s unlikely. Add Sweeney has already acknowledged that they are indeed looking – both externally and internally – to fill the void left by the departure of Torey Krug on the left side and on the powerplay.  

“We’re certainly exploring all the avenues of both free agency and through trade,” Sweeney said Saturday. “I’m not going to tell you that I have something on the burner here. I do believe we addressed an area that we had a need in. We’ve allowed for internal completion to continue to bubble up and we have several young players in that mindset and that’s healthy for our group overall.” 

So while the MacKenzie Weegar interest is real, the bigger questions are, who will be traded away if they acquire Weegar or another right-shot defenseman, and yes, who is coming in to fill Krug’s slot on the left?

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Nz

I’m a Florida fan but Weegar plays on his off-side on our top pairing so don’t think handedness is an issue

Alex Poulopoulos

Chara plays left defense

Jim

Help wanted….NHL Defenseman. Must be willing to work cheap. Call Don Sweeney. No collect calls accepted.

Ken

Jimmy, for someone that has covered the Bruins for 20 years you have to know that Chara is not a right side D he’s a left D so you’re article is not correct as printed now.

Erik

Chara is a left shot and plays on the left side so whether they re-sign him or not that has nothing to do with Weegar.

bruins 1

do to covid and not selling any beer and dogs Mr Jacobbs will not let weeny spend to the cap this year

Rick w murray

No no and no we don’t need another journeyman d aka miller moore

Lawrence Maiolo

The Canadiens just became better than the Bruins today with the signing of Toffoli.

John McMahon

Ha! Need a lot more then Toffoli to better then the Bruins. Nice try tho!

Rick w murray

Please fire Sweeney and needwit! Every year the same crap! Sweeney has to be the worst salesmen in the history of the nhl gms! He never nails the big deal example look at past bl
unders too numerous to mention this year you actually had a star that wanted to come Boston OLE, okay we move on to Alex and Hall no go. Get this pug out of town with what they have thus far they’ll be lucky to even make the playoffs!

JoeyIrish

When you’re off-season plan is to let Krug walk & then low ball Hall with 1yr 6.5mil joke of an offer only to work really hard to take on Eckmar-Larsson whale of a contract & give up the few minimal assets you have to get him. WTF is this guy doing?!!! I love the ability he has to low ball Bergeron linemates & use Bergys relationship to get good deals on own players. But that don’t mean you low ball a UFA like Taylor Hall. The whole point of a 1 yr deal is a player sacrificing security for more… Read more »

John McMahon

Are you done. Such an expert. 🤣

George Kazazian jr

Time to give up on Chara and put some young talent from the beginning of the season. And before the salary cap the Jacob brothers where always business and not worrying about the Stanley cup because off they are always sold out at the TD garden.and now with Tori Crug

[…] Are the Boston Bruins the third team in the reported trade that would see the Vegas Golden Knights send defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Florida Panthers and the Panthers ship defenseman MacKenzie Weegar to another team? Over the past 18 hours, three NHL sources confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that the Boston Bruins have looked into acquiring Weegar given the fact that he went to arbitration and word around the league for the last few weeks has been that the Panthers were… Source: Bruins Interested In Panthers D MacKenzie Weegar […]

[…] Are the Boston Bruins the third team in the reported trade that would see the Vegas Golden Knights send defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Florida Panthers and the Panthers ship defenseman MacKenzie Weegar to another team? Over the past 18 hours, three NHL sources confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that the Boston Bruins have looked into acquiring Weegar given the fact that he went to arbitration and word around the league for the last few weeks has been that the Panthers were… Source: Bruins Interested In Panthers D MacKenzie Weegar […]

[…] Are the Boston Bruins the third team in the reported trade that would see the Vegas Golden Knights send defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Florida Panthers and the Panthers ship defenseman MacKenzie Weegar to another team? Over the past 18 hours, three NHL sources confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that the Boston Bruins have looked into acquiring Weegar given the fact that he went to arbitration and word around the league for the last few weeks has been that the Panthers were… Source: Bruins Interested In Panthers D MacKenzie Weegar […]

[…] Are the Boston Bruins the third team in the reported trade that would see the Vegas Golden Knights send defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Florida Panthers and the Panthers ship defenseman MacKenzie Weegar to another team? Over the past 18 hours, three NHL sources confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that the Boston Bruins have looked into acquiring Weegar given the fact that he went to arbitration and word around the league for the last few weeks has been that the Panthers were… Source: Bruins Interested In Panthers D MacKenzie Weegar […]

[…] Are the Boston Bruins the third team in the reported trade that would see the Vegas Golden Knights send defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Florida Panthers and the Panthers ship defenseman MacKenzie Weegar to another team? Over the past 18 hours, three NHL sources confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that the Boston Bruins have looked into acquiring Weegar given the fact that he went to arbitration and word around the league for the last few weeks has been that the Panthers were… Source: Bruins Interested In Panthers D MacKenzie Weegar […]

Gary S

The Jacobs family are the cheapest
people in NHL. WHY get good players
to win Stanley Cup. Spend less and
less and be bridesmaids. Neeley
and Sweeney can only do what
El Cheapo Jacobs wants. There 2
puppets and liars about not
bring talent to BOSTON. MORE
$$$$ in there pockets

Gary S

Remember when COVID19 started
and NHL shut down. Players were
putting up $$$$ to keep ARENA
workers going. And JACOBS BROS
laid all workers off at T D GARDEN
SO they didnt have to pay EMPLOYEES
CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP JEMERY

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