When Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson revealed on Friday that he has heard the New York Rangers would want young Boston Bruns forward Jake DeBrusk included in any potential deal involving Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, fans went nuts over the report.
Now, NBC Sports reporter and Bruins insider Joe Haggerty has learned that the Blue Shirts would also want defenseman Brandon Carlo and a first-round pick included in the deal.
"The expectation is that the Rangers would be looking for proven, young NHL assets if they were to part ways with a 28-year-old McDonagh, who is signed through next season. It’s certainly within the realm of possibility they’d be looking for DeBrusk, Brandon Carlo and a draft pick for a frontline D-man signed through next season," he writes in his column.
While adding a quality defender like McDonagh, who could eventually take over for 40-year-old captain Zdeno Chara and teach the way to rookie blue liner Charlie McAvoy sounds interesting and like a well-thought move, Haggerty cautions Bruins general manager Don Sweeney to tread carefully in the trade market and not do anything to significantly alter a Bruins’ roster that’s challenging for the Presidents’ Trophy.
"Removing multiple players like DeBrusk or Carlo from their current group could be the kind of alterations that change the Bruins chemistry for the worse, and that would be a shame after what the Bruins have built up over the course of this season.
The bottom line is this: Sweeney and the Bruins are in a great spot right now with a high-performing team and a wealth of good prospects, but this is when the decisions start getting really difficult with the wrong moves coming with significant consequences."
DeBrusk commented on the trade chatter, as the deadline fast approaches.
“I’m not sure if there’s rumors going around, or what,” said DeBrusk, following the afternoon workout Friday. “I do see stuff, but it’s just not right away, usually. We all want to be here. We all want to be on this team and continue to build."
The thing is that the Bruins are also looking for a boost up front, and the Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont pointed out rumors that have also linked the Bruins to Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroon and Vancouver Canucks forward Thomas Vanek.
"“[Vanek] is a scorer, certainly makes plays all over the ice,” said head coach Bruce Cassidy to the Globe. “A proven guy in the league . . . I don’t know his playoff resume very well, but I know he’s helped teams score goals. Good on the power play, great hands around the net — that is something we always talk about on our pre-scout. He is able to get to those soft spots and redirect pucks and get second chances.”
The Bruins would have to move other pieces to land help up front, though prying Vanek out of Vancouver could be less costly than going after Maroon in Edmonton. It would still mean a lot of sacrifices for the Bruins' future as picks and prospects could be on the move, or even bottom players that are currently active on the Bruins' successful roster could be at play.
So, like Haggerty, you may be wondering, what is the right decision here for the Bruins?