Ask any Boston Bruins fan what they think general manager Don Sweeney should be doing to improve his team this offseason and you’ll likely hear pitches for depth on the third and fourth line, another solid blue liner and some insurance in goal. It’s expected that pending unrestricted free agent Rick Nash will not be retained, so Sweeney will be tasked with replacing him on the team’s second line, as well. Ditto for versatile center Riley Nash.
Still, there are rumblings out there that Sweeney is shopping veterans David Backes and David Krejci for a trade. Krejci, in particular, could prove to be a valuable trade chip especially for teams willing to take on his $7.25 million cap hit. Krejci put up a respectable 17 goals and 44 points in 64 games last for the Bruins and added three goals and 10 points in 12 Stanley Cup Playoffs games.
St. Louis Blues insider Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reported earlier this week that both Backes and Krejci are generating interest on the trade market, perhaps forecasting a trade between the Bruins and Blues?
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Backes generating more interest than some might think. As is David Krejci who many still consider a 1A option up the middle
Bruins rumor monger Jimmy Murphy then chimed in to say that indeed Krejci is in play and that the Blues, Arizona Coyotes, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes have all expressed interest.
I can confirm that STLBlues, Coyotes, FLAPanthers and NHLCanes have had serious interest in Krejci in past
Interesting. The problem, of course, is that the Bruins have no realistic replacement for Krejci in their lineup currently. While it’s no doubt that the Bruins would love to rid themselves of the $7.25 million annual commitment they have to Krejci, he’s still a valuable member of their team. He may not be worth what he’s getting paid, but he’s still a bonafide #2 center and those aren’t exactly easy to come by in the NHL these days. As for Backes, his onerous contract and his injury history may make him a more difficult sell on the trade market.