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BHN Podcast: Kevin Weekes Thinks Bruins Should Trade For Yandle

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In the latest BHN Podcast, former NHL goalie and current NHL Network Analyst Kevin Weekes had a message to Boston Bruins General manager Don Sweeney when it comes to one of the hottest names on the NHL Trade Market right now:

“Burn up the phone lines to South Florida!” Weekes said bluntly when asked if it’s time for Sweeney to find scoring help on the NHL Trade market after the Bruins failed to score an even-strength goal and just three goals in their first three games?

“That was a mishandle by the Florida Panthers and sometimes one person’s mistake is another person’s beefsteak,” Weekes said of the Keith Yandle situation with the Florida Panthers. 

As he always does, Weekes went on to tell it like it is and call out the Panthers organization for the lack of respect they showed to not only the most well-respected player in the Panthers dressing room but also one of the most respected around the league. Of course, he will get no argument from my partner in crime at BHN Joe Haggerty and me, or NHL GM’s, coaches, players, and agents for that matter, but Weekes believes this is an opportunity for Sweneey and the Bruins to pounce on the NHL trade market and specifically the Panthers to get the offense going. Weekes thinks Sweeney can convince Panthers GM Bill Zito to take on some of Yandle’s $6.3 salary cap hit he carries for this season and the next two.  

“If I’m the B’s ‘Haggs’, I’m not saying they haven’t been burning up the phone lines, but maybe, you accelerate some of those calls and bring ‘Yands’ home and let him run that powerplay,” Weekes said emphatically. “Get some of what you had in Torey Krug and get Florida eating some of that bread!”

‘Weekesie’ also discussed the significance of the Boston Bruins retiring Willie O’Ree’s No. 22, the future of the Bruins’ goaltending situation, and how great it is to be back covering hockey but also amongst the people of the hockey world that makes it the best sport to work in!

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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Mike S

Good thing Weekes isn’t a GM. Grzelcyk hasn’t done anything wrong, and doesn’t have a 6.3 cap hit…

Rick W Murray

Yandle waste of time and space also even if the panthers eat some of the salary his price tag is too high. Their immediate need is a scorer they let Hoffman, pass who was cheaper and a natural sniper. I’m actually hoping they miss the playoffs so Sweeney and Neely can hit the bricks

Hockey B

I agree. And I’ll admit that I am one of these clowns who thought the Bruins defense would be terrible and their offense would be great (near the top). The opposite turned out to be true in the Bruins complete lack of existence in the off-season is hurting them really bad right now. So what they got the Space to make a great trade at the deadline… Who are they going to trade Anders Bjork? Who’s to say it will even matter by that point the Bruins could easily be on the outside looking in. Don Sweeney is the worst… Read more »

Brian D

The only correct thing you said in that entire comment was when you called yourself a clown.

Hockey B

I don’t think he would be a terrible offensive option on the back and if and only if Florida retained a hefty chunk of his salary. Right now it looks like the Bruins absolutely sunk themselves by passing up on every possible goal scorer because their defense is shockingly good. They could’ve easily afforded a Hoffman tape player but decided to sit on their hands as Don Sweeney usually does. Really hurting them right now and it shows with zero even strength goals. The Bruins don’t need Yandle it’s just another player that would be great if he were free.… Read more »

Chester Courtland

And that’s exactly what Jacobs wants in a GM. Someone who gets it done on the cheap. The cheapest guy to ever be the Bruins GM was Harry Sinden. He nickled and dimed every player on the Bruins except for Orr.

Besides, it’s a little early to be panicking. The B’s are only 2 points out of first place.

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