If we go back to the start of the 2017-18 season, it wasn't all that great for the Boston Bruins, who seemed hammered down by injuries on every level of their roster. With Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, David Backes and Adam McQuaid all missing important game-time action, things seemed gloomy.
No good memories here...
Then, they came back, but a lot of catching up was needed to get in competition with top teams and make their way to a contending position to prove that they could, once again, be an active member of the postseason. A true contender.
And they did it. Now, the Bruins sit fairly comfortably in a playoff position, ranked second in the Atlantic Division with a few games in hand and a total of 50 points. And while they can also count of one of the top lines in the League with Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak, it seems that Boston is now planning a trade deadline move that will surprise everyone.
According to The Boston Globe‘s Fluto Shinzawa, general manager Don Sweeney is seeking another reliable scorer for his top six so that the top line can keep scoring and depth is available to create more chances.
“It’s possible Anders Bjork will gain some traction. But until the rookie develops consistency, the Bruins will hunt for a first- or second-line right wing,” president Cam Neely told Shinzawa. “It would give them the option of rolling a power line with Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak. Or they could drop Pastrnak to the No. 2 line with David Krejci to spread out their offensive firepower. They would prefer to keep David Backes on the third line.”
And the Bruins will not be done with that major move. The team is also looking to acquire a quality defenseman, who can take on heavy minutes and help out 40-year-old captain Zdeno Chara and young phenom rookie Charlie McAvoy in the long run.
“We’ve talked about if we could ever find a guy that could eat up some minutes, move the puck well, skate well, but not necessarily have to be that offensive defenseman.”
If the Bruins can load up on the back end and offensively, they could become a very dangerous contender in the postseason. They are already strong on the penalty kill, they are loading up on goals, and both netminders are doing their job well and growing in confidence.
Just look at their last victory agains the New York Islanders:
Scary good stuff here - and imagine if they land help on both sides on the ice!