The Boston Bruins continue to push toward some interesting trade scenarios.
One that we’ve been on from the very beginning is Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun, who the Boston Bruins very clearly have been interested in as we wrote about last month. Well, now Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek is confirming that the B’s interest still exists and, interestingly enough, it sounds like the Coyotes are looking for a young possible franchise goaltender prospect as part of the package.
As I just reported on the 32 Thoughts segment on Hockey Night in Canada….
The Arizona Coyotes have at least one offer that meets their criteria in a Jakob Chychrun deal – two former first round picks and a 1st round selection in an upcoming draft.
— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) January 23, 2022
Spencer Knight was rumored to be part of a Florida Panthers package for Chychrun along with a first round pick and former first rounder Anton Lundell, though as Marek describes it as the criteria being “two former first round picks and a [future] first round selection.”
But if the Coyotes are looking for a young future No. 1 goalie then Jeremy Swayman essentially plays the role of a former first round pick in the B’s organization based on his cachet, and is a comparable to Knight, while Urho Vaakanainen actually is a former first round pick along with a future first rounder most certainly required in exchange for the top-pair, left shot defenseman. The question is whether Arizona is literally looking for first round picks as a requirement, or merely looking for an organizations top prospects that play like first rounders regardless of where they were actually selected in the draft.
Regardless, a foundational defenseman like Chychrun is in his mid-20’s with three affordable years still left on his contract is going to cost any hockey team a boatload of assets. The other interested teams in Chychrun, according to Marek: Kings, Rangers, Ducks and Blue Jackets along with the favorite Florida Panthers.
Marek also indicated that the New York Rangers are interested in Jake DeBrusk in a possible second deal that’s bound to go down at some point prior to the March trade deadline.
It should be an active couple of months for the Black and Gold as they continue to search for a legitimate top pairing defenseman for their left side, and for a possible long term option at No. 2 center to eventually replace David Krejci.
Chychrun is the top target, but it remains to be seen if the Boston Bruins will have the assets to actually get it done.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*The Boston Bruins had a miraculous recovery from Brad Marchand, who played after what look to be a serious injury a couple of days ago, and gritted their way to a scrappy 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon. Here are the Talking Points. (Boston Hockey Now)
*The entire New York Islanders family is morning the loss of the larger-than-life Isles legend and Cup winner Clark Gillies. (NYI Hockey Now)
*Have you wondered about the former Pittsburgh Penguins players going to the Winter Olympics in Beijing? Well, wonder no more. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*It’s not just the usual suspects slumping for the San Jose Sharks right now as “bad offense” is the big-time culprit. (San Jose Hockey Now)
*Who doesn’t love Ralph Macchio as the Karate Kid and as a New York Islanders super fan during this hit on Jimmy Fallon?
What a legend.
Awesome seeing @ralphmacchio on @FallonTonight last night talking about his #Isles fandom, bringing the energy to a playoff game last season with @JimmyFallon and his legendary Islanders trading card. pic.twitter.com/nb26dExNdS
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 20, 2022
*There are two Massachusetts guys now running the Montreal Canadiens? What in the name of Knuckles Nilan is going on around here? (Pucks With Haggs)
*This Teddy Bear toss is insane.
The teddy bears just kept coming! 😅
— BarDown (@BarDown) January 23, 2022
*Stan Fischler is pumped about the return of Jumpin’ Jack Eichel to the Vegas Golden Knights, an event that appears to be just around the corner. (The Hockey News)
*It’s pretty much Brad Marchand All the Time for the Boston Bruins as this phone he confiscated after pregame warm-ups went viral after he left a funny video for the device’s owner.
“I don’t know whose phone this is.” — Brad Marchand 🤣😂
— Sean T. McGuire (@BySeanMcGuire) January 21, 2022
*The words from Ray Ferraro and Mark Messier about the Leon Draisaitl/Edmonton media situation are wise, measured words that could do the Oilers leadership group a lot of good. (Edmonton Journal)
*For something completely different: I’m sorry, but there’s no defense for leaving David Ortiz off the Hall of Fame ballot. (NBC Sports Boston)