The Boston Bruins had made it clear back in November, and now general manager Don Sweeney is getting more serious about taking the opportunity to improve the team. Specifically on defense.
Now that the trade deadline is fast approaching, the Bruins, who are currently sitting second in the Atlantic division, seem destined to add help for a long playoff run.
The Bruins should consider current Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole. The blue liner's days in Pittsburgh have been numbered since his name was at the centre of trade chatter early on in the season.
For several times in the campaign, Cole has been a healthy scratch and the Bruins could decide to put an end to that.
As TSN notes, the Bruins should make a move to bolster the back end ahead of the postseason, and the solution might be elsewhere than in the minors.
"How big of a splash will he make? As solid as Matt Grzelcyk has been this season, a well-rounded blueliner who can chew up minutes (big or small) in key situations just might do the trick. Paging Ian Cole of the Pittsburgh Penguins."
While trading for Cole will still cost the Boston Bruins some assets, it shouldn’t cost them anything in terms of future real estate like a top prospect or high draft picks. If the Bruins are looking to improve their stability on the blue-line while not looking to break the bank, Cole could be the ideal candidate.
Pens still in the mix?
One factor that the Bruins have no control over is, will the Pens be a contender and will they choose to sell rather than be buyers and go all-in for a third consecutive championship?
To accomplish the feat, the Penguins are still looking to add a third-line centre and Cole is not expected to bring in such a return.
"If the Pens were to find someone who could finally fill Nick Bonino’s role at third-line centre, that would bump Guentzel back up to a familiar (and successful) spot," you can read on TSN.