Boston Bruins 2017 Trade Deadline Possible Targets
The NHL trade deadline is quickly approaching. With less than a week remaining before the deadline hits, All 30 NHL teams – and even the Vegas Golden Knights, will have to make some decisions. The first thing that every team will have to decide is whether they’re in the buyers market, the seller market or if they want to simply stand pat. For some teams, the decision is easy. For others like the Boston Bruins, fighting for a playoff spot or looking for a piece to potentially put them over the top has to be weighed versus competing in the future.
The Boston Bruin fall in the middle of the buyers’ and sellers’ market. This doesn’t necessarily mean they shouldn’t make any deadline moves – it simply means they aren’t clearly on one end of the spectrum or the other. With 68 points, the Bruins are very much in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Still, the recent surge from Atlantic teams could deter the Bruins from making any moves on the rental market to make a late season push.
2016 Deadline a Learning Point
Many will remember the 2016 trade deadline when the Bruins made moves to acquire Lee Stempniak and John-Michael Liles. Both were good fits for the Bruins, and both gelled immediately in the lineup. The Bruins, of course, failed to make the playoffs regardless of the additional boost they received, much to the chagrin of Bruins fans and media.
While Boston didn’t make the playoffs, the potential to re-sign both Stempniak and Liles showed that there was potentially a saving grace for the assets given up. The team, of course, retained Liles in the offseason but saw Stempniak sign with the Carolina Hurricanes.
This season, the Bruins have been mentioned in many trade rumor. General manager Don Sweeney has already mentioned that he isn’t looking to get involved in the rental market but more looking for long-term options that could fit into the team’s plans. With that in mind, the team is definitely in a different position than they were last season. While the Bruins may or may not be buyers at this trade deadline, here are possible players they could trade for that could help them now, and in the future.
While the Bruins may or may not be buyers at this trade deadline, here are possible players they could trade for that could help them now, and in the future.