The Boston Bruins have proven they could bounce back from last season, currently sitting in second place in the Atlantic Division en route for the postseason. While their roster looks good and ready to tackle a playoff run, it appears that general manager Don Sweeney is still looking at the market to add some help for the stretch run.
Boston has been rumoured to be looking for scoring depth on the wing, and for a quality defenseman who can take up some minutes from veteran blue liner Zdeno Chara and young rookie Charlie McAvoy. While they will not be the only contenders looking to add a boost on both ends - the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators are also quite active on the market - they already have very specific targets in mind ahead of the trade deadline.
Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston recently revealed the players the Bruins are taking a close look at, days before the Feb. 26 deadline. The players include Edmonton Oilers winger Patrick Maroon, Vancouver Canucks winger Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane, and two wingers from the New York Rangers: Michael Grabner and Rick Nash.
Prices are expected to be quite high for players like Kane and Nash, but Sweeney did mention he was not looking to make a risky move for a short term fix, and might prefer to add depth than a star forward. The Bruins do have plenty of leverage going into a deadline where they can do as much, or as little, as they want given how they’ve played.
The only candidate for a boost at the back end is Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh. While he is apparently on the trade block, the Bruins could have looked elsewhere. Mike Green of the Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers' Oscar Klefbom are said to be available, but Haggerty believes Boston is eyeing McDonagh.
It would be a good fit for both parties: "McDonagh would give the Bruins the future left side partner they’ve been seeking for 20-year-old Charlie McAvoy, and it would also give them their frontline D-man to replace Zdeno Chara when he does finally decide to call it a career," writes Haggerty.
Sounds like a great fit. So, now the targets are revealed - what is your favourite option for the Bruins?