So far this offseason, teams in the Atlantic Division has been making all the moves including the big signing of John Tavares and the Maple Leafs, the Lightning being all in on acquiring Erik Karlsson, and the Sabres drafting Rasmus Dahlin with the first pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. And while teams in the Atlantic continue to improve, the Boston Bruins remain quiet and don’t seem imminent to make a move any time soon. However, as a writer, it is fun to think of possible moves that the Bruins could/should make before next season. Let us dig in:
Bruins acquire F Wayne Simmonds, Flyers acquire C David Backes, D Jakub Zboril, and a draft pick.
Why: The Bruins have been missing the Power Forward winger that they have possessed for such a long time on a lot of winning teams. Names like Milan Lucic and Cam Neely come to mind as dominant power forwards who grabbed the hearts of the Bruins faithful. Simmonds has been known for his gritty play and ability to also light the lamp while throwing fists around. Five times Simmonds has scored 25+ goals in a season, making him a possible solid edition and almost too good to be true for the Bruins roster. However, he will be approaching his age 30 season and that may not be something the Bruins can fully accept. But if they were able to send Backes’ contract, sweetening the deal with former first round pick Zboril, and possibly a draft pick, this deal may be the perfect one for the Bruins to make.
Bruins acquire D Oscar Klefbom and F Milan Lucic, Oilers acquire D Torey Krug
Why: It seems more and more obvious that Torey Krug will not be a Bruin come the 2018-19 season. He seems to be the main trade target in almost any deal possibility, and the Oilers have been the team most connected to Krug, offering Klefbom in a lot of prospective deals. Klefbom, 24, still has potential to grow if he was acquired by the Bruins in a deal involving Krug. This would not only free up money, but also bring back an old friend that the Oilers are looking to move on from in Milan Lucic. Of course, the Oilers would have to take most of the money if they want to just move on from Lucic and acquire a puck moving D-Man like Krug. Lucic coming back to Boston could firmly be in the cards, and a welcoming one to prove he still has something left in the tank. This deal may be the most likely to occur.
Bruins acquire F Artemi Panarin, Blue Jackets acquire D Torey Krug, F Danton Heinen, and a draft pick
Why: This deal would bring the Bruins the best offensive player on the market, while moving on from an underperforming, inconsistent player in Heinen and move on from Krug like they have been waiting to do for a while now. The Bruins have seemingly chosen D Matt Grzelcyk as the lefty, shifty defenseman for their future. Simply because he is cheaper and simply may be a better defensive defenseman in the future, while having the offensive prowess as well. Trading for Artemi Panarin brings everything to the team while keeping most of the young talent on your roster. You could slot Panarin in with Krejci and Debrusk to finally make another line that can do some damage this season. In three seasons, Panarin’s scoring totals have been 77, 74, and 82. He proved that he can be a game changer no matter where he plays and has a talent to score in any situation. He would come to Boston on the last year of his contract, making the only problem him resigning or not. He should be in line to sign a big contract as he is just 26 right now, but this is the best counter to Tavares and make the Bruins a serious threat for this season especially.
What do you guys think? Would you be interested in any of these deals? Or do you see another possible target that you can see as a legitimate chance of being in black and gold next season. Hopefully the Bruins are not done this offseason, and as a Bruins fan, these deals would 100% be acceptable to me.
Let me know what you are thinking!!
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