To say that the offseason has been quite a failure for the Boston Bruins is an understatement. It first started two weeks ago, during the draft weekend, as the Bruins were without a first round pick since they had sent it to the New York Rangers in return for veteran forward Rick Nash at the February Trade deadline.
In the meantime, GM Don Sweeney was working hard behind the scenes to acquire Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuyk. However, Kovalchuk’s agent, J.P. Barry, used Patrick Marleau’s three-year, $18.75 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs from last summer as a comparable, and the Los Angeles Kings agreed to present him with the same deal on Saturday. The Bruins did not.
Then, the Bruins focused in on John Tavares, hoping to convince the coveted free agent to sign in Boston. Alright, this failed miserably as well; Tavares may a childhood dream come true, signing a massive seven-year deal with the Maple Leafs Leafs. Now, what is left?
According to Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports and Matt Porter of the Boston Globe, Sweeney is getting ready to dangle two shocking trade baits on the market in order to land a scoring forward. As his first two shopping attempts failed in Kovalchyuk and Tavares, it is believed that the Bruins could make a major move for Columbus Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin or Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds.
Sweeney is even willing to place promising winger Jake DeBrusk and puck-moving defenseman Torey Krug on the block.
Haggerty believes that the addition of John Moore gives them a surplus of defenseman heading into 2018-19, and "all signs point toward Krug being the very valuable trade chip for Boston."
However, Krug carries an eight-team “no-trade” list and a $5.25-million annual cap hit, both of which could complicate trade efforts, according to the information provided by Cap Friendly.
Another alternative seems an even scarier one: falling back on Nash, who cost them their first round pick at this year's draft. However, ccording to his agent Joe Resnick who informed TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Nash is undecided on continuing his playing career as he did not take part in the July 1 signing period.
Boston could be interested in bringing back Nash for an additional season, however, the veteran forward will need to make a decision first on whether or not he wants to pursue a professional hockey career.
If not, Krug - or even DeBrusk - could be on their way out!