The Boston Bruins have been criticized quite a bit for winning the Matt Beleskey sweepstakes when the veteran forward was one of the big names to change addresses in the summer of 2015. Many teams offered him a deal and, at the time, Boston won out, inking Beleskey to a five-year contract with an annual cap hit of $3.8 million. It was a generous amount for a guy with only one 20-goal season under his belt, but Beleskey was wanted and cashed in.
Now, looking back, Boston might be regretting the move... In December, the Bruins placed him on waivers, and while he was not claimed off by another team in the National Hockey League, they expected him to go down to the minors, and gain back his confidence in the American Hockey League...
It is fair to say that in 2016-17, he injured his right knee and spent a bunch of time on sideline. But this season, he was limited to 14 games, no points and less than 11 minutes of ice time per night, before he headed to Providence. There, he has tallied three goals and four points in 19 contests.
So why are we bringing back one of the worst Bruins' trade in history today? According to Jimmy Murphy, there might be a team interested in acquiring Beleskey ahead of the trade deadline.
You've read right. Murphy reports that the San Jose Sharks have interest for the 29-year-old left winger, and there might be a match for a one-for-one trade in the coming days. The Bruins have revealed they are looking for a veteran defenseman who can chew up some minutes to help out 40-year-old captain Zdeno Chara and young rookie Charlie McAvoy, and they have just spotted Paul Martin.
The veteran defender was also placed on waivers earlier this season, by the Sharks. An ankle injury has limited the veteran rearguard to just three games this season, and once he was not claimed on waivers, he was sent to the Barracuda in the AHL, where he has amassed two assists in 17 games.
“I do think San Jose is trying to find him another spot in the NHL, and there are people who believe he can still help someone," mentioned NHL insider Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet back in January.
The 13-season veteran in the big leagues has had a steady presence on the back end, first for the New Jersey Devils and then during a five-year stint for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 36-year-old joined the Sharks as a free agent prior to the 2015-16 campaign, signing a four-year, $19-million contract.
Martin’s deal carries a modified no-trade clause, according to CapFriendly, allowing him to submit a six-team list of clubs to which he will not be traded. Boston would not be expected to be on that list, seeing that they have been a true contender almost all-season long.
Martin has 318 points through 859 career NHL appearances, with 46 of those points coming for San Jose over the past two years. There could be a match for the Bruins, who might find him a much cheaper option that New York Rangers' captain Ryan McDonagh for the upcoming playoff run.