Boston Bruins in the News
Kirk Luedeke of the Hockey Journal talks about how the NHL Draft pool isn’t being perceived as “strong” or “deep” this season, and the Bruins aren’t positioned very well, generally holding bottom-round picks. May we see Peter Chiarelli move up? The idea of testing talent over in Europe surfaces as well, and it’s simple to like that thought based on the performance of the B’s best third-liner, Carl Soderberg.
Reporting from the Draft in Philadelphia, Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald details Peter Chiarelli’s thinking in regards to bringing youngsters to Boston. Supposedly, Chiarelli is very particular with who’s on his draft board, and he would trade up or down to snag one of his targets, even though he admits the B’s probably won’t make a real noteworthy move. Roland McKeown, quick winger Joshua Ho-Sang, WHL defenseman Julius Honka, Swedish center Jakub Vrana, center Conner Bleackley exist as conceivable points of interest for the Bruins.
Over at ESPN Boston, Joe McDonald responds to a pre-free agency question: “Will the Boston Bruins be active in free agency and the trade market or will they be content to rely almost solely on players already under their control?” The Bruins beat writer puts a lot of stock in the re-signing of Jarome Iginla, basically saying that the veteran forward is the No.1 priority this offseason, next to getting a veteran blue-liner and believing in young skaters’ progress (Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton, Justin Florek, Ryan Spooner among others).
CSNNE sources revealed that Shawn Thornton had ‘several teams’ interested in signing him, and although the NHL is diverting itself from enforcers, someone with the Thornton’s playoff experience and grit could serve a purpose on a squad that needs more bite and leadership.