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Boston Bruins Still Among ‘Primary Suitors’ For Chychrun



The Boston Bruins remain in the hunt for Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun as one of the “primary suitors”, but they are far from alone in that category. And that represents the rub for a Bruins organization that might not be able to match assets with so many other serious suitors for Chychrun that include Carolina, St. Louis, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Florida when push comes shove at the deadline, per TSN Insider Darren Dreger on the Insider Trading segment.

“At this point eight teams are seriously in the chase for Jakob Chychrun,” said Dreger. “But based on the mount that Bill Armstrong and the Arizona Coyotes need in order to move the 23-year-old defenseman that this could come right down to the deadline of March 21 based on the package required.”

It’s no secret the Boston Bruins have been in the running for Chychrun from the very beginning given their need for a legit top pairing left-shot defenseman that can upgrade a left side of Mike Reilly, Matt Grzelcyk and Derek Forbort that’s adequate at best for most of the season. That’s been underscored recently as Bruins shutdown defenseman Derek Forbort has been on the ice for three late third period goals against the B’s in the last couple of weeks.

The issue is cost for Chychrun as it was assumed that Jeremy Swayman might be asked about in any deal with Arizona, and it would undoubtedly cost an Eichel-like package of at the very least first round pick, top prospect and NHL player like Urho Vaakanainen to replace Chychrun on the Arizona roster. One would expect that both Swayman and 2021 first round pick Fabian Lysell would be off the table, though, as the Boston Bruins attempt at rebuilding their draft-and-development system with an influx of talent and prospects.



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Check out the conversation between yours truly and partner-in-crime James Murphy here where we answered Boston Bruins fans questions about trade scenarios and had plenty of discussion about Chychrun and others as well.


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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Rick W Murray

The bruins are not going to land Chychrun they simply don’t have the assets. They’ll most likely end up with some pug like Chara.

Joey iellz

Gryz had some big blunders in the Islanders series, and tho it was frustrating the Bruins refused to give SwayMAN a chance in net, it was obv the blue line cost the B’s a chance to play for a cup. This yr Gryz has been a major disappointment. If they can get a 2-way left shot like Chychuryn, they have to think bout putting Gryz on the block. Either for assets to include in Chychuryn deal, or maybe Az would want an offensive minded LS back. Debrusk, Zenyshyn, Studnicka & Urho all have to be on the block. Not only… Read more »

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