Who knew all you had to do to blow up the hockey internet was throw it against the wall that Sidney Crosby could be traded to the Boston Bruins?
That’s exactly what Bleacher Report did on Wednesday when they cobbled together a piece listing potential suitors for Sid the Kid if the Pittsburgh Penguins were ever indeed to entertain their cornerstone player.
Bleacher Report included the Bruins in an article about potential fits for a Sidney Crosby trade.
They listed this as the package: pic.twitter.com/shbf2BAyEb
— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) February 17, 2021
Never mind that something like this would never happen during the season and forget that the Bruins have almost never, and I mean ever, pulled off these kinds of big, earth-shattering deals over the last six seasons.
But they theorized that one of Jake DeBrusk/Anders Bjork, one of Urho Vaakanainen/Jack Studnicka, one of Connor Clifton/Jeremy Lauzon and two first round picks would be the Boston Bruins price tag to liberate Crosby out of Pittsburgh. On one level a deal to the Bruins would make sense if Crosby were to force the Penguins to deal him as he’s successfully played with Patrice Bergeron multiple times at the international level, and Crosby and Brad Marchand have been longtime offseason workout partners back in their native Nova Scotia.
Marchand, Crosby and Bergeron actually played together as a line during the World Cup for Team Canada, and the theory is that they may play together again in the 2022 Winter Olympics if NHL players end up going. And the idea of dealing for Crosby makes sense from a Bruins perspective if they wanted to try and squeeze another Stanley Cup out of their current, aging nucleus with Crosby effectively replacing David Krejci when his contract is up at the end of the season.
If the Bruins could get the Penguins to retain $1.5 million of Crosby’s salary in exchange for first round pucks, it would essentially be a salary cap wash with the $7.25 million Krejci cap hit that’s coming off the books after this season.
But this is all dependent on a couple of things happening: A) the Penguins would need to crash and burn this season and not make the playoffs at all. That seems to be the only scenario where Pittsburgh would entertain dealing Crosby at all. B) the Bruins would need to have a competitive trade package, and I’m really not sure that the NHL roster players mentioned, a couple of prospects that haven’t been able to win NHL jobs and first round picks that will surely be at the end of the first round are going to be the best package Pittsburgh would hear for Crosby’s services.
A Boston Bruins fan can dream of, of course, and maybe Mario Lemieux does Crosby a solid and deals him someplace like Boston that would be a preferred destination if indeed Sid the Kid ever was dealt by the Penguins. But it’s much, much more likely that the Penguins would look at dealing Evgeni Malkin and/or Kris Letang if they decided to rebuild the roster and would leave Sid as the veteran piece leading the younger Penguins generation looking to make a name for themselves in Pittsburgh.
So as always, it’s much ado about nothing concerning the Bruins on the internet.
Now on to the puck links:
*My partner-in-crime Jimmy Murphy says that the Bruins should look into Nashville Predators D-man Matthias Ekholm if they do dabble in the trade market. (Boston Hockey Now)
*It sounds like Nate Schmidt was having a bad hair day for the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) February 18, 2021
*We’ve heard this one plenty of times in Boston, but the Toronto media is asking if the Maple Leafs are too much of a one-line team as well. (Toronto Sun)
*Can the Chicago Blackhawks keep up their early success as they continue win games and pile up points during this compacted 56-game season?
The Our Line Starts crew breaks down the #Blackhawks early season success and if they have the firepower to keep it up down the stretch.
— NBC Sports EDGE Betting (@NBCSportsBet) February 18, 2021
*Good for the Pittsburgh Penguins creating the Willie O’Ree Academy for Black Players as a way of honoring the Boston Bruins trailblazer. FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Kingerski has all the details. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*FOH Adrian Dater has a Colorado Avalanche mailbag to answer all the questions about the Avalanche, and whether they actually need an enforcer. (Colorado Hockey Now)
*For something completely different: I cannot believe that this is the Foo Fighters, but it’s definitely pretty cool.
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) February 18, 2021