Earlier in the season, several National Hockey League teams were taking a close look on the market at any available defenseman to bolster their back end.
And then, one of the biggest move of the season took place when the Anaheim Ducks moved blue liner Sami Vatanen. But NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reveals in his notebook on The Athletic, that the Boston Bruins were also try to land the top defender.
"Interesting to hear that the Boston Bruins looked into Sami Vatanen before the Finnish defenseman ultimately ended up being traded to New Jersey on Nov. 30."
The Devils ended up sending Adam Henrique in the package for Vatanen, a deal that made sense for both teams involved, but some Bruins fans may wonder why the major trade did not come to completion in Boston.
LeBrun explained why the Bruins were interested in the first place to make such a significant trade:
"I wonder if part of that was the concern that right-handed defenseman Charlie McAvoy (so much fun to watch) leads all rookies in the NHL in ice time per game at more than 23 minutes a night. Getting a veteran, right-handed, top-four guy like Vatanen might have helped take pressure off and alleviate the concern that he's playing too much."
No one has revealed what the Bruins would have had to give up in return for Vatanen.
Would you have prefer to see him land in Boston?