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NHL Trade Talk: Bruins Are Buyers, But For Rentals Too?

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With just over five weeks until the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline, the Boston Bruins remain buyers on the NHL trade market but should they be in on playoff rentals like Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux?

The Bruins seem to be in on almost every NHL trade rumor and it’s well known that general manager Don Sweeney would love to land a top 4 left-shot defenseman to slot in regularly next to the right-shot backbone of his blue line, Charlie McAvoy. Sweeney is also interested in some depth up the middle but numerous sources have told Boston Hockey Now that he isn’t hellbent on that second-line center he’s been coveting due to the emergence of Erik Haula and the chemistry Haula has formed with wingers Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak. That likely is a position that will get more focus in the offseason.

It’s no secret that if Sweeney wants to acquire a white whale like Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun, it’s no secret he’s likely going to have to send a potential package of rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman, Jake DeBrusk, and a first-round pick. That may be a lot to most Bruins fans but the reason Chychrun is worth such a high ransom is he is a 23-year-old, 2016 first-round pick that is under team control for two more years with a $4.6 million cap hit. With a player like Chychrun, Sweeney wouldn’t just be buying to bolster his team for a potential playoff run but also for the future. So that or a similar trade for the Bruins before the NHL trade deadline is still very much on the table.

What about a playoff rental like Giroux or Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg though?

The Bruins (45 GP, 26-16-3, 55 pts), currently lead the Detroit Red Wings (48 GP, 21-21-6, 48 pts) for the final wild card slot by seven points and have three games in hand. If their performance without captain Patrice Bergeron (head) and Brad Marchand (suspension) is any indication, the Bruins could be in the midst of a slump. After blowing a 2-0 lead in a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday – a game in which they lost Bergeron to injury and Marchand to suspension – and then the humiliating 6-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, the Bruins are now 11-12-1 against NHL teams that were in a playoff spot as of Friday.

The B’s will play at least the next game without Bergeron and Marchand, and the next five without Marchand. Two of those five games will be against playoff teams and as head coach Bruce Cassidy pointed out after the loss Thursday, the Bruins just can’t seem to find that next level against playoff contenders.

“You want to advance, you’ve got to beat good teams. You have to learn how to play against good teams. I feel like we’re lacking a little bit, the character and the instinct part, the digging in against good teams,” a bewildered and frustrated Cassidy pointed out. “It’s harder, it hurts to win. It’s harder and we don’t have enough against some of those better teams Sometimes a team is obviously just better than you in certain situations. Carolina clearly is; they’ve beaten us three times.”

So with the very real chance that the Bruins could face the Hurricanes or the Florida Panthers in the first round, should Sweeney and the Bruins really go all-in on the NHL Trade rental market too?

“No, but they probably will,” one NHL executive source told BHN Friday. “He needs to still remain focused on the future and that’s why a deal for a player like Chychrun or [Conor] Garland makes sense. The problem is, [Brad] Marchand and [Patrice] Bergeron seem to be dictating things there a little more than maybe they should be and the team thinks they squeeze out another Cup with those guys there. That’s a long shot at best right now and that reality is here now. It’s time to face it.”

If the Bruins survive this current stretch without Bergeron and Marchand though or even gain ground on the Washington Capitals for the first wild card slot, it doesn’t seem like Sweeney and the Bruins are willing to accept that reality just yet.

 

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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William Mahoney

The Bruins need a player like Jack Eichel! and I would trade any player (Bergeron, Pasta included) currently on the roster except Hall, MacAvoy, or Grizelick , Casidy as Coach but time for the Management to find other positions. Sweeney has not been effective although he is a great judge and leader of players. The fans deserve more than losing 16 games winning 1 to Carolina. What ha happened to drop to such a level?

Michael Parahus

Disappointing to read that the B’s still are thinking of being buyers. The last two games show just how far away this team is from being a legitimate contender. I can see a trade that improves the team for MORE THAN A PLAYOFF RUN. If they can help themselves now AND in the future I’m on board. But please no rentals or short term fixes. Whether his fault or not….Hall is the only Sweeney end of season move that has panned out. Kase and Nash were disaster moves. Heck Kase is a double disaster as not only did we give… Read more »

Joe

The Bruins need to go after either JT Miller or Hertl and sign extend they’re contracts. If the Bruins had any balls they would go after both of them and move Coyle with DeBrusk and Senyshen for Hertl and a 3rd pick. I would then package Grzelyck, Lysell and a

and 3 round pick for Miller. Then go after Jakob Chychrun by packaging Vaakanainen, Froden and Haula.

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Michael Zack

Why do you guys still think the guys you drafted in 2015 have any value. That draft will haunt you forever.

Isaac

You do NOT trade Fabian Lysell under any circumstances. He could end up to be another David Pasternak.

Rick W Murray

The bruins season is over too many ifs and looks who’s steering the ship It’s Ernest P and Admiral Sea Bass.

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Brian

Really sweeny isn’t worried about 2nd line center cuznof hula. I.lovr hula but him as our second line center isn’t winning us a cup. U need to be strong down the middle and coyle hasn’t done shit on the 3rd line which he should be dominating. Hall and pasta with jt Miller would be a first line and could help scoring which hasn’t been around for years. We all knew it would dry up.again when this team got comfortable. Doesn’t matter if we get defense and can defend a 1 goal game. We can barley score on playoff teams. All… Read more »

Joe

The Bruins need to go after either JT Miller or Hertl and sign extend they’re contracts. If the Bruins had any balls they would go after both of them and move Coyle with DeBrusk and Senyshen for Hertl and a 3rd pick. I would then package Grzelyck, Lysell and a round pick for Miller. Then go after Jakob Chychrun by packaging Vaakanainen, Froden and Haula. These trades can be adjusted obviously, I am sick and tired of them saying they want the local kids. I really like Coyle however Miller is a much better than he is offensively and equally… Read more »

Chris Dodds

Bruins need consistent secondary scoring and JT Miller would be a great pick up. When it comes down to defence, it’s their defence play more then the personal. They have far to many give aways, errors and don’t pick up the player behind them. With Rask retiring they need a goalie. Current goaltenders are not good enough for a cup run. Fleury has enough life left in him to pick up and hold for a few years. If the Oilers get Fleury, look out.

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Eric A Parent

Trading prospects like Lysell just to get knocked out in the 1st or 2nd round is completely foolish. We need to rebuild with players like him and Mason Lorei. We vhave no chance at winning a cup this year. People need to stop with the foolish trade talks. This is why we are in this position to begin with.

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