If it wasn’t clear enough that the Boston Bruins need to focus on defense on the NHL trade market, it should be now.
With the New Jersey Devils letting it be known that they will not be bringing veteran defenseman P.K. Subban back after this season, should the Bruins pick up the veteran defenseman in a depth move? Would his former team, the Montreal Canadiens be interested?
Speaking of the Canadiens, new general manager Kent Hughes is off to a solid start as GM of the Habs; can he actually unload Shea Weber’s contract?
That and more in the BHN Bruins Wrap:
After allowing their opponent to either tie or score the go-ahead goal in the last minute of three of their last four games, it’s become painfully clear that defense needs to be the focus for Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline.
Want proof of that? Read the BHN Talking Points from my partner-in-scribe, Joe Haggerty, after the Boston Bruins blew another late lead and lost 3-2 in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings.
Speaking of adding a defenseman or two before the NHL Trade Deadline, would longtime Bruins nemesis P.K. Subban make sense as a depth addition on the blue line for the Bruins?
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NYI: There’s been some NHL trade chatter that New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov is one of a plethora of goalies available ahead of the deadline. Did his performance in a 5-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche increase the chances he gets traded or that the Isles keep him?
Pittsburgh: Despite numerous reports and NHL trade rumors, it appears the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks never seriously got to the point that the Penguins trading for Brock Boeser was or is imminent.
Philly: Could Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux and Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette be reunited by the NHL Trade Deadline?
Washington: Despite basically being run by the greatest Russian NHLer ever in Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals finally did the right thing and condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Oh, and by the way, if I read one more sob story about Ovechkin’s precarious situation when it comes to this, I’ll puke! He made his bed here and I’m so tired of the fanboy media who won’t tell it like it is!
Detroit: Are the Detroit Red Wings shopping defenseman Filip Hronek ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline?
Vegas: Will the Vegas Golden Knights trade forward Evgenii Dadonov?
San Jose: Should the San Jose Sharks SEAL the deal and pay homage to the California Seals with their new retro jerseys for next season?
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Montreal: Does it make sense for the Montreal Canadiens to trade Jonathan Drouin before he has a legit chance to play under new interim head coach Martin St. Louis?
Vancouver: How should other Russian NHLers, who unlike Ovechkin, didn’t repeatedly align themselves with a murdering oppressor, handle the increasing dangerous and precarious position they find themselves in thanks to Vladimir Putin?
So much for the Jared McCann back to the Penguins NHL trade rumors. The Seattle Kraken signed the forward to a five-year, $25 million extension on Tuesday.
Could the Canadiens actually unload the Shea Weber contract before the deadline or this coming offseason?
Sadly on Tuesday, I found out that the brother of my good friend Stuart Ashton, Carey, passed away from a long and fierce battle with muscular dystrophy. Stu owns McLean’s Pub in Montreal, who sponsors Montreal Hockey Now, and was a rock to lean on for me when my Dad passed away in 2014 while I was working and living in the 514. Stu, to you and your family, here’s our Irish Track of the day. Love you mate!