Both the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers exceed expectations this season, clinching a playoff spot and showing that they can compete for years to come. While they are both expected to make significant changes during the summer, no one was expecting them to make a deal with one another. However, a blockbuster move may be coming soon between Boston and Philly.
"In an ideal world, you find a guy that can skate, retrieve pucks and be a big body on the back end, then that’s what you would love to have," said Bruins president Cam Neely during his press conference on Wednesday.
According to Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston, the Bruins might attempt to acquire top forward Wayne Simmonds of the Flyers as the veteran appears to be the perfect fit for the second line in Boston. Haggerty wonders if the Flyers could "possibly entertain thoughts of trading him as he’s just a year away from free agency and coming off a merely okay 24-goal season where he was held pretty silent during Philly’s playoff appearance?"
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney is likely to give a call to Flyers GM Ron Hextall, who might be tempted to add a younger set of players to his roster filled with next generation of star players Ivan Provorov and Nolan Patrick.
The fan base in Boston has often dreamed of the idea of seeing Simmonds in the black and gold jersey, as he would bring an interesting physical component to the Bruins' game, and an offensive touch on the power play. Simmonds is also always willing to drop the gloves, a trait that is highly appreciated in Bean Town.
There will be a price to pay for acquiring the Flyers veteran forward. Haggerty believes that Hextall would be willing to listen if the offer included a pair of young players.
"With a full season under contract at less than a $4 million cap hit for next season, the Flyers would be looking for a blue-chip winger prospect to replace him, along with a forward willing to step in for him in the NHL next season. Could you sell the Flyers on Backes, 22, at half-price, along with an Anders Bjork-type young player and second-round pick tossed in? It’s doubtful, but as I said before, it’s at least worth a phone call."
What do you think of this deal? Would you pull the trigger on this trade?