With a series of major trades happening throughout the NHL, the Boston Bruins are staying above the fray. Frankly, it’s probably the best thing for them right now.
The trade deadline has sparked a frenzy among the NHL teams. Former marquis players are finding themselves packed up and shipped off to other teams in the league. So far, the Boston Bruins have decided to stay out of the frenzy, and it looks like the smartest move for them right now.
The Bruins weren’t exactly quiet during the frenzy. They were still looking around to see if they could find the right person. There were still ‘talks’ from ‘sources’ that had Kevin Shattenkirk looking for a house in the Boston area, and that the B’s might find a way to make that deal work. That turned out to be bunk. The Blues defenceman found himself moved to the Washington Capitals Monday afternoon.
There is at least one move that will certainly pique the interest of the Black and Gold. Alexandre ‘Bite Me’ Burrows was traded to the Ottawa Senators by the Vancouver Canucks.
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The Bruins have no love for Burrows. His biting Patrice Bergeron cemented his enmity with the team and the fan base. With his move to Ottawa, the Bruins will have three games against him to show how little that anger has faded.
Ottawa is just two points ahead of Boston, and they’ve only got one game in hand. The Bruins could find themselves in second place in the Atlantic the first time the Senators slip up. (This time, they won’t have the ‘Hamburglar’ to give them another miracle finish to the season.)
The Bruins weren’t going to find the right player at a reasonable price. Don Sweeney has been adamant about not repeating the past mistakes of his predecessor Peter Chiarelli. He didn’t want to go overboard grabbing a rental, and a lot of the fans agree with him.
Many of the fans were not pleased with how Don Sweeney conducted his affairs early in the season. Some of the fans didn’t believe the Bruins could make the playoffs. That thought that Sweeney was taking the team down the road to mediocrity, and the Bruins would slink back to how they were in the 90s.
Sweeney did start out a little rough this season. But he persevered. He made one of the more difficult choices of his career by firing Claude Julien, and that turned out to be the head turner for the B’s this season.
I know a lot of fans were hoping for a big move by the Black and Gold. But right now, Sweeney is doing a better job than expected.