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Bruins NHL Trade & UFA Rumors: Krejci, Kuraly, Boyle, Kiersted

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NHL Trade Rumors

With the injuries piling up for the Boston Bruins and now potentially more COVID absences for key players like David Pastrnak and David Krejci, Bruins General manager Don Sweeney has been even busier on the NHL trade market. An NHL source told Boston Hockey Now that Sweeney would like to strike much sooner than later and not wait until the April 12 NHL Trade Deadline but the main question right now is can he or any of the other NHL GM’s of contending teams?

“It’s no secret Donny’s been on the hunt for a top 4 LD and/or top 6 wingers and I think he’s let it be known that’s maybe roster players from the Bruins in play than one may expect because lots of contenders right now are looking at UFA’s,” the source told Boston Hockey Now. “Hardly anyone has wiggle room but the Bruins do. They’ve played their cards right with the cap and could take on term and salary and also have UFA’s to offer. With more and more injuries on the back end, he’s been more active in seeking a d-man lately and wants to get it done ASAP!”

As for the Bruins set to become UFA’s and who would be available on the NHL trade market? As Bob McKenzie reported two weeks ago, the Bruins have let it be known they’re ready and willing to sign Tuukka Rask and Jaro Halak, and while this source hasn’t heard if that goes for Krejci as well, there’s been no indication they will be trading one of their best playoff players in team history and a player that just surpassed the 700-point mark with three assists in the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday.

“Krejci isn’t going anywhere; they want a Cup and that just doesn’t make sense right now if they’re in the hunt,” the source said. “Everyone knows John Moore’s in play but look at Columbus for example. They want depth at center. I think they’d like more offensive skill there but you can bet they’re interested in a solid two-way guy and a local kid like Sean Kuraly. I can tell you I’ve heard his name more often lately than ever before. Word is the Bruins would also like to shake up that bottom six and more specifically the bottom 3 because they think the Kuraly’s and [Chris] Wagner’s have gotten too comfortable. They’ve got kids ready to take those jobs.”

It should be noted that another top NHL source put the odds of David Krejci being traded at ‘100,000 to 1′. The Bruins clearly want to win one more Cup with him, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Rask.

Speaking of the Columbus Blue Jackets and an unrestricted free agent on the NHL Trade market that Sweeney and plenty of other contenders, including the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Montreal Canadiens are interested in, is Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard. Multiple sources confirmed to BHN that the Bruins have been scouting him lately.

As for players with the term, more sources confirmed that Sweeney continues to monitor the situation with Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm and St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn on the NHL Trade market. Both teams have been scouting the Bruins recently, including Blues Special Advisor to the GM and former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli who was at the Bruins’ two-game set in Pittsburgh last week.

Word around the amateur scouting circuit is that the Bruins are one of a multitude of teams very interested in NCAA free agent defenseman Matthew Kiersted out of North Dakota. It’s a thin NCAA free agent market this season and Kiersted is the big fish on the market!

Finally, for his most recent 31 Thoughts column, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman spoke to Hingham, MA native, and current UFA Brian Boyle about his desire to still play. Boyle made it clear the desire is still there and he’d love to hook on with a team for the rest of the season still. The Bruins expressed interest this past offseason in the 6-foot-6, 245-pound, 36-year-old center who has 805 regular season NHL games and 118 Stanley Cup Playoffs games under his belt. If the Bruins were to move Kuraly or someone in the bottom six, Boyle could be a solid depth move on the ice and add more leadership and accountability to an already strong leadership core.

 

 

 

 

 

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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Rick W Murray

Sweeney has been even busier on the trade?!?! He never does anything and when and IF he does you usually end up with someone like Backes or Jimmy Hayes no to Boyle he’d be lucky to actually make it to the end of his shift without passing out? Sweeney has to finally get off his duff and make the Big deal nothing else will do I think the d is just fine Need a top scoring forward NOW! Sweeney never does anything I ‘d like to see him gone next year.

Harris David Foster

He sucks and is clueless..Neely is just an ex Bruins…clueless..What a mess

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Mike S

Whos the “NHL source” this time???
Don’t be afraid to use names

[…] for struggling players like DeBrusk and Smith to clear their heads and get back on the right track (assuming they won’t be traded). Rask, Tinordi, and others can deal with their injuries without worrying about missing more games. […]

Harris David Foster

DOnt trade DeBrusk…NO..Yes trade Tukka and use the kids as goalies

[…] for struggling players like DeBrusk and Smith to clear their heads and get back on the right track (assuming they won’t be traded). Rask, Tinordi, and others can deal with their injuries without worrying about missing more games. […]

[…] for struggling players like DeBrusk and Smith to clear their heads and get back on the right track (assuming they won’t be traded). Rask, Tinordi, and others can deal with their injuries without worrying about missing more games. […]

[…] for struggling players like DeBrusk and Smith to clear their heads and get back on the right track (assuming they won’t be traded). Rask, Tinordi, and others can deal with their injuries without worrying about missing more games. […]

[…] for struggling players like DeBrusk and Smith to clear their heads and get back on the right track (assuming they won’t be traded). Rask, Tinordi, and others can deal with their injuries without worrying about missing more games. […]

[…] months. Circle Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell as the type of secondary scoring they want. And Boston is monitoring Mattias Ekholm in Nashville and Vince Dunn in St. Louis on the NHL trade […]

OMG the same old PR crap from the Bruins, players dont wanna come here, because the ownership doesnt really want to win..They always say they are INTERESTED, and the fan base falls for crap every year….Maybe Hall, he needs a fresh start and I think Orr represents him

[…] Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy writes that sources suggest that the Boston Bruins are willing to move fourth-line forward Sean Kuraly in any package and the team could find a taker in the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus might be interested in Kuraly, who is a local kid, and could provide the team with solid two-way play. The scribe writes that the team feels they have younger players who look ready to step in as fourth-line options. […]

Harris David Foster

NO ONE WATS Kuraly…HE SUCKS

[…] Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy writes that sources suggest that the Boston Bruins are willing to move fourth-line forward Sean Kuraly in any package and the team could find a taker in the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus might be interested in Kuraly, who is a local kid, and could provide the team with solid two-way play. The scribe writes that the team feels they have younger players who look ready to step in as fourth-line options. […]

[…] for struggling players like DeBrusk and Smith to clear their heads and get back on the right track (assuming they won’t be traded). Rask, Tinordi, and others can deal with their injuries without worrying about missing more games. […]

[…] Jimmy Murphy (Boston Hockey Now) recently reported multiple sources claiming the Bruins are scouting Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard. GM Don Sweeney is also continuing to monitor the situation with Ekholm and St. Louis Blues rearguard Vince Dunn. The Predators and Blues recently scouted the Bruins. […]

These reports are like gossip columnists, this one reports, it mean NOTHIN..you can scou ta zambonii, who cares

Dean Noonan

I think its time for actual hockey trade,, last minute trade deadline deals don’t work long term. Especially for don sweeney and especially if his homework on previous injuries,, concussions,, eg. kase, nash,,etc. hasn’t taken place and maybe include ricard rackell on that list according to rumours. so lets review: Krejic looks like he’s slowing, down,hip issues again??,,,not a good choice to re sign,,so trade him or let him walk after this year after playoffs. studnickta is on his way to take over. John Beecher is going to be a goer… deBrusk needs a change of scenery,,,trade him for a… Read more »

Harris David Foster

The scouts rate the Bruins PROPESCTS at 31 first..the worst front office and Sweeney still has job..NUTS..Neeley does nothing but grow beard…I wish we had Joe Sakic or Stevie Y.

Harris David Foster

Prospects keaning NOTHIN..everyone has them like teeth…LOL
I have follwoing this team for over 50 years same old BS…they kept HArry Sinden for 40 years..HE NEVER one a Cup as GM…..He made two great trades in all those years TWO..Rick Middleton and Cam Neely, thats it…Camile Francis was a shitty GM

Harris David Foster

Are u kidding, win another CUp, David K is always soft and over paid. The Boston press gives Sweeney and Neeley a pass…THE ARE AWFUL….Signs Backes, rotten contract then has to give up a first round pick to dump the contract…. NUTS…Milt Schmidt wouldnt do it, Sammy Pollack wouldn, Ken Holland wouldnt…Nor would would Lu L. 2015 you had THREE first round picks THREE..what happened to them…The JAcobs Family doesnt want to win the CUP the team is a cash cow…WAKE UP

Harris David Foster

Cant whine about injuries, every team has them,,these two kids look great in goal..use them..get rid of Rask NOW…

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