On Wednesday, the Boston Bruins officially put a bow on the 2017-18 season when owner and chairman Jeremy Jacobs, CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely addressed the media at TD Garden in their annual end-of-season press conference. The Bruins management group was overall satisfied with the club's performance, despite the fact that their run ended in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, where the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Bruins in five games, but did mention there was much room for improvement.
While the Bruins did not reveal the exact plan, it is believed that they could present the Edmonton Oilers with a monster trade ahead of the National Hockey League Entry draft. Joe McDonald of The Athletic has reported that Bruins GM Don Sweeney isn’t ruling out making a deal to get back into the first round of this year’s draft, which will take place in Dallas on June 22nd. Sweeney dealt away his first-round selection to the New York Rangers as part of the return for winger Rick Nash a few days before the trade deadline.
McDonald explained that the Oilers could be willing to part with their first-round pick, the 10th overall, for the right offer. The Bruins could offer defenseman Torey Krug to Edmonton, who is in dire need of an upgrade on the blue line.
“We’ll have some discussion about it. Certainly, we’re preparing like we would have a first-round pick and having the (hockey ops) guys making sure we’re in tune. We’ll go to Buffalo and interview the guys we felt we would be drafting if we were in those slots and prepare accordingly,” Sweeney said.
"Former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, who is the current president and GM of the Edmonton Oilers, has said he’s willing to part ways with the organization’s No. 10 overall pick this June. The Bruins have plenty of pieces to make such a deal, so it’ll be interesting to see how far Sweeney would go to reinvest in a first-round pick," added McDonald in his piece.
However, let's not forget that the Bruins are also looking for a boost on the back end, and parting with Krug could be a tough blow moving forward. Captain Zdeno Chara will be back for another season, but parting with Krug means making the left side of the blue line quite thin for the next seasons. Fortunately for Boston, Sweeney has plenty of depth in the prospect pool to present an offer to land the needed pieces for the blue line.
Oilers insider and Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson recently pointed out that "a lot of people tossing out Torey Krug for Oscar Klefbom trade idea."
We will need to stay tuned to see what monster trade could take place between Boston and Edmonton.