In case you missed the reports of a potential Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers mega-deal earlier this week, let us catch you up.
Bruins insider Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic proposed a swap of defensemen in his column this week, suggesting that the Bruins trade blue liner Torey Krug to the Oilers for Oscar Klefbom. Despite having a nearly 40 point gap in their production levels, Krug had 14 goals and 59 points to Klefbom’s five goals and 21 points, Shinzawa doesn’t see a straight one for one trade being enough for Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli. Given Klefbom’s age, three years younger than Krug, and his potential, Shinzawa believes that the Bruins will need to offer up a package deal with Krug to land Klefbom.
An interesting proposition for both sides, but how likely is it to happen? At this point there’s no real way to know, but at least one other Bruins insider believes that there’s some truth to the discussions. What’s more is he believes the Oilers could be targeting Bruins prospect Peter Cehlarik as part of a potential package deal.
Check out this report from Providence Bruins reporter Mark Divver of The Providence Journal:
Any hint of a Don Sweeney and Chiarelli deal sure to get people talking. Oilers' Scott Harlow was a regular at P-Bruins games. Wouldn't be surprised if Edm has eyes for Peter Cehlarik, so maybe he'd be in the mix?
Interesting… so now this potential package deal with Krug and Cehlarik is taking form. The real question now is… should the Oilers bite? There’s no denying Krug’s ability to put up points, especially on the power play which is where the Oilers struggled this most. In fact, the Oilers set an NHL record for futility with their power play this past season. The addition of Krug will ensure that they’re no longer a non-threat with the man advantage. As for Cehlarik, the former 3rd round pick (90th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft played just six games for the Bruins last season, scoring a goal and an assist. In 35 games with Providence however he managed 11 goals and 23 points in just 35 games. While he may not be a surefire, blue chip prospect, the kid does have talent and real NHL potential.
In Klefbom, the Bruins would be acquiring a 24 year old, potential top pairing defenseman with a BOMB of a point shot. The big Swedish blue liner was hampered by a nasty shoulder injury this past season, but once he’s rested up there’s no reason to think that he can’t improve upon his 12 goal, 38 point career season from 2016-17.
Whether or not a Bruins/Oilers Dman swap goes down this offseason or not, these two teams are definitely worth keeping an eye on. Given Chiarelli’s history with the Bruins front office and the fact that the two teams’ needs line up perfectly, there could be some action between these two historic teams this summer.