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Will Bruins Listen To Their Fans And Snag Dvorak Off NHL Trade Market?

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What keeps linking Arizona Coyotes center Christian Dvorak to the Boston Bruins on the NHL trade rumor circuit? Is it an actual fire still or simply the fumes left behind from what was a swirling NHL trade market just two weeks ago?

Remember, sources confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that in the midst of that chaotic NHL trade market heading into the NHL Entry Draft (June 23-24) and through the opening bell of NHL Free Agency, the Bruins and Coyotes did discuss Dvorak in trade talks. NHL sources confirmed to BHN Friday night and again on Saturday morning that Sweeney has indeed kept in touch with Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong to see where he’s at with the 25-year-old Dvorak. Dvorak is in the third season of a six-year contract that carries a $4.4 million cap hit

Bruins fans let it be known in a recent three-choice tweet poll that Dvorak, who had 17 goals and 14 assists in 56 games last season, is the man they want to fill the 2C void Krejci left behind. Dvorak (42.1%), edged out Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel (39.3%), who has also been constantly linked to the Bruins but more so because he’s a North Chelmsford, MA native, which makes for a great narrative. The other choice was Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen, who is still currently available on the NHL trade market. Johansen mustered up just 18.6 percent of the vote. 

In a media Zoom call with Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney on Friday, the topic du jour was the team’s present and future at the center position. On more than one occasion during the call, Sweeney let it be known he’s open for business when it comes to finding a center on the NHL trade market. 

“Well fortunately we still have a No.1 center in Patrice and the level that he upholds,” Sweeney replied when asked about his team’s depth at center. “Then it’s gotta be by committee and growth. Obviously, we got Jack [Studnicka] there and if we can’t do it internally then obviously we’re gonna have to look externally. It’s an important position and we even identified through the draft with [Brett] Harrison and you have to have strength up the middle of the ice. A lot of professional sports teams will identify that and we’re no different in that regard. You’re never comfortable unless you just have a wealth of talent and drafted extremely well.”

A week after watching longtime Bruins center David Krejci leave the NHL to return home to the Czech Republic, Sweeney hinted at Krejci potentially returning to the Bruins later in the upcoming 2021-22 regular season.

“I think we addressed some areas that we wanted to,” Sweeney said. “Ultimately, with David making the decision. …We’re wondering whether or not he may return at some point in time, but that’s open-ended.”

In order to avoid Krejci, 35, having to pass through waivers, the Bruins would have to sign the UFA center by December 15. Sweeney also confirmed that discussions on a contract extension for 36-year-old captain Patrice Bergeron have begun and are ongoing. 

Now the question is: will the Bruins do what they did with their blueline last season when they tried to solve the voids left behind from Zdeno Chara’s and Torey Krug’s departures from within? Or will they reward their fans and acquire Dvorak before the season begins on October 16?

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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Orrfan

“You’re never comfortable unless you just have a wealth of talent and drafted extremely well.”

Well, especially at center, the Bruins have an extreme lack of talent and have drafted extremely BADLY.
By rights, Sweeney should be feeling EXTREMELY uncomfortable.

Orrfan

And of course, to save his job, Sweeney is dangling the possibility of a Krejci return. How is that a way to run a hockey team? Krejci is probably NOT coming back to the Bruins. A GM has to assume that. Trying to fool the fanbase into backing off with that unlikely possibility is cynical, cowardly and wrong. Do your job Sweeney. Or step aside for someone who can.

Wendy

He’s being honest. Krejci NEVER said he was retiring.

Rick W Murray

Would rather have Eichel but would accept Dvorak. Right now the b’s have no one to fill the second line centre slot.

Wendy

No thanks!

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