You heard my partner-in-crime Murph argue interestingly in favor of the Boston Bruins taking a run at Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine last week.
If the goal-scoring winger is indeed going to be dealt away from Winnipeg at some point regardless, why not at least see what it’s going to take to make it happen?
It’s trade chatter that’s clearly more fanciful than based in what’s likely to happen for the Boston Bruins, but now we have the Black and Gold Hockey blog making an impassioned plea for the B’s to steer clear of Laine.
Call it the anti-Murph stance on Laine if you will.
They use some form of the word “lazy” four different times to describe the 22-year-old Laine, so they seem to feel pretty strongly about motivational issues with the big scoring wing. But we’re also talking about a 6-foot-4, 206-pound sniper that’s averaged 34 goals per season since entering the NHL as an 18-year-old and has 247 career points in 305 NHL games in Winnipeg. If that’s “lazy” then Bruins fans would take it seven days a week and twice on Sundays bombing down the right wing for the Boston Bruins.
The price to acquire Laine is obviously where the problems come in and whether it starts with Charlie McAvoy, or some package centered on Brandon Carlo, Jake DeBrusk and more, the Bruins almost certainly wouldn’t be willing to pay the going rate. So it won’t actually happen beyond the rumor mill or trade chatter in this humble hockey writer’s opinion, and that should make everyone at the Black and Gold Hockey blog pretty darn happy.
Now on to the rest of the hockey links:
*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Campbell about the messy situation in Arizona where the Coyotes drafted a player in Mitchell Miller that engaged in some pretty horrific bullying activity in his teenage years. As Campbell said, there are a lot of difficult questions to be answered about how we got to this point in the first place and no easy path forward. (Hockey News)
*Down Goes Brown has the ultimate round draft with 31 teams making 31 picks that were all actually taken at the place of their pick. Or something like that. (The Athletic)
*Where will Ilya Kovalchuk wind up when the NHL starts up again? It sounds like it might be for the veteran minimum after his playoff performance. (Pro Hockey Talk)
*With the Red Wings coming out on the winning side of the Tyler Bertuzzi arbitration case, the Red Wings have a good amount of cap space remaining to sign an impact free or two. Steve Yzerman is biding his time right now. (MLive)
*Christian Arnold asks what Mat Barzal’s next contract is going to look like for the Islanders. It should be a doozy. (NYI Hockey Now)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Kingerski has the lowdown on some interesting front office changes for the Penguins that went down on Monday. It ends with Trevor Daley getting a plum role in the Penguins front office after his 16-year NHL playing career. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*For something completely different: It stinks that Apple+ TV is trying to keep Snoopy off network television, but the good news is there are plenty of people like me that have “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on DVR already. So it will be playing proudly in the Haggerty living room this Halloween regardless.