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The Boston Bruins are being mentioned in the mix for Vladimir Tarasenko as the St. Louis Blues continue to explore moving their Russian sniper this offseason.

It’s no surprise that this report from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jeremy Rutherford has St. Louis native Trent Frederic in the mix if Tarasenko did indeed come to Boston. It also goes without saying that the B’s would probably have to give up their first round pick if they wanted the Blues to retain some of his salary for the next few years. But according to Rutherford, the Blues “would make this deal yesterday” if it was Tarasenko for a 2021 first round pick and Frederic.

It very much remains to be seen if the B’s would want to roll the dice on a player in Tarasenko that’s approaching 30 years old with a handful of shoulder surgeries in his recent past. Clearly there’s a fit there if the Bruins slide Craig Smith back down to the third line right wing, and if they renounce their rights to RFA right wing Ondrej Kase after a couple of lost seasons due to concussion issues.

Still, you could take it to the bank that Tarasenko would be good for 30 goals and 70 points when he was healthy with St. Louis, and that’s exactly the kind of goal-scoring depth the Boston Bruins are still missing in the postseason.

Would you give up Frederic and a first round pick for Tarasenko, or try to get St. Louis to take DeBrusk and a first round pick instead while essentially killing two birds (acquiring Tarasenko and moving DeBrusk) with one stone in a blockbuster deal? It’s certainly worth thinking about, though I feel like the Boston Bruins are going to regret it if they end up waving goodbye to a player in Frederic that absolutely fits the Boston Bruins style like a glove.

Now on to the BHN Puck Links:

*Interesting to see some of the players that the Seattle Kraken are expected to snag in the NHL expansion draft when it goes down. (Detroit Hockey Now)

*Could Jake Voracek make the jump from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Pittsburgh Penguins just like Ron Hextall? Crazier things have happened. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)



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*An interview “from the vault” with Lars Eller as NHL teams like the Washington Capitals stretch their muscles out for some offseason activity. (Washington Hockey Now)

*It looks like Kevin Labanc is on the trade block for the San Jose Sharks as they look to make tangible changes to an NHL roster that’s been riding the struggle bus for a while. (San Jose Hockey Now)

*What a timeline of Jaromir Jagr’s very forgettable time with the Washington Capitals that includes a cameo appearance from Bruce Cassidy. (The Athletic)

*Congrats to FOH Pierre McGuire on his new gig with the Ottawa Senators as he finally gets back into NHL management as he’s wanted to do for years. (Ottawa Sun)

*The Tampa Bay Lightning are having a parade today in Florida and it looks pretty darn fun.

*For something completely different: Saw Black Widow over the weekend and it was solid MCU fare. Florence Pugh is going to make a very good successor as a Black Widow-esque hero. (MCU Direct)

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston,, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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I would still value DeBrusk higher than I would value Frederic. I like Frederic, but I don’t think him anywhere nearly as likely to put up a 25 goal season as DeBrusk.

Rick W Murray

Trent Frederick will score 25 goal the day I invent a machine that controls the weather, however I would not throw in a first rounder for Tarasenko Frederick yes and a 2nd rounder..Frederick won’t amount to much.


Frederic and DeBrusk… picks. Welcome aboard, Vlad!


You can keep Tarasenko…I’ll keep Frederic and the pick.

Jorge Gomes

I wouldn’t agree with either scenario. We have already enough players with issues and adding another player that has barely played the last to seasons due to his injury no thanks. It’s another player that could get hurt before or early in the playoffs like what happened this year.

Michael Parahus

We’ve been so short first round picks for so long now. Based on where we are picking, I’d just as soon hang onto that pick. If that deal could be made with other pieces….say Ritchie, DeBrusk or anyone on the Providence roster I’d be for taking a chance. But I say hang onto that pick.

These trade suggestions are out of control

Public service announcement for those that need to hear it but outside of southie, Trent Frederic is a C tier prospect. Not sure what’s in the water over here. If you can trade a fourth line scrub for half a Tarasenko you would do it. This makes no sense at all unless the Blues just want to get rid of his contract THAT bad. This certainly exposes the Bruins severe lack of legitimate trade chips. I must have missed the Frederic koolaid? He’s BAD….seriously guys. You are out of your mind if you would rather keep Frederic than Debrusk for… Read more »

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