The Boston Bruins have made leaps and bounds in the past few weeks, getting healthier and healthier, and winning eight of their last 10 games. Many wonder if the Bruins will disrupt the team's continuity and make major moves as the trade deadline approaches.
For now, it has been reported by Sportsnet’s NHL insider Elliotte Friedman that the Bruins are seeking a top-six winger or a top-four defenseman. However, there will not part with just anybody to land big, as the NHL insider explained on NHL Network.
“I looked into this today and the No. 1 thing I was told is don’t think you’re getting their prospects,” Friedman said. “Last year, Colorado and them were talking Matt Duchene and they asked about Brandon Carlo and Boston said ‘We’re not doing that.’ And they’re not doing that now. Charlie McAvoy is not going anywhere. Brandon Carlo is not going anywhere."
It is not the first time the Bruins reject a trade pitch to be able to keep young prospects and players on board. Friedman revealed that the Bruins rejected a pitch last year by a rival club for prospect Trent Frederic.
Forget the monster trade and add experience instead?
Instead for going for the mega rumor that mentioned that the Bruins might be looking to acquire Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, it is now believed a safer move is in the works for Boston as the deadline nears.
Friedman can see the Bruins attempting to land someone like Vancouver Canucks' Thomas Vanek with a late-round draft pick.
Vanek has been leading the young players in Vancouver and found a resurgence there, recording 12 goals and 29 points in 42 games thus far. He is likely to find himself on the trade block as a rental player, and Bruins general manager Don Sweeney could choose to make a simpler move and avoid sacrificing his futures for a quick fix.
While the Bruins seek a left-shot defenseman, Friedman notes that defender Matt Grzelcyk has been playing well for them lately and could be use to fill in that spot.
One thing is certain, with the the Bruins sitting second in the Atlantic Division and third overall in the Eastern Conference, they can afford to be patient and reject trade pitches, and wait for more affordable options to become available at the trade deadline.