If the Bruins are looking to make a run in the playoffs this season, then they might have to make a move before the trade deadline on Wednesday, March 1 at 3 p.m. est.
One team that the Bruins could trade with is the Colorado Avalanche. They have four players that take to Boston’s liking, which include Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Jarome Iginla, and Tyson Barrie. The name for the Bruins that comes to mind when dealing for either Landeskog or Duchene is David Krejci. He hasn’t been performing to the standard he has expected to in the regular season, as it seems to most Bruins fans that he only turns up his game in the playoffs. With him getting $5.25 million a year, the Bruins feel that is too expensive for him, and would rather deal for a player like Landeskog or Duchene, as either would seem to be productive on a Bruins second line that doesn’t see much scoring from the presumably overpaid Krejci.
Trading for Iginla would be a huge positive in the eyes of Boston fans as he played exceptionally well for the Bruins during the 2013-14 season, where he had 30 goals and 31 assists for 61 points in 78 games. He has had a down year with Colorado, as he has just 8 goals and 10 assists in 60 games, which hasn’t been up to par. In return, the Bruins could trade one or two of their younger forwards that have potential, such as Tim Schaller or Frank Vatrano, and Iginla would immediately give the Bruins a spark to make a playoff run.
The other player that the Bruins have their eye on is Tyson Barrie, who is a solid right-handed defenseman that Boston could use. In return, the Bruins could dish one of their own like Brandon Carlo, Colin Miller, or Charlie McAvoy, but it might only be likely if another player from Colorado is involved in the deal.
A second team that Bruins could talk with is the Detroit Red Wings. A player they could use is Thomas Vanek, a player they know well from playing for the Buffalo Sabres for 9 seasons. He is having a decent year with 38 points in 47 games, and in return the Bruins could send a young prospect such as Austin Czarnik or Noel Acciari, and even sending a draft pick their way would be reasonable. Vanek could make for a good winger on one of the middle lines who can produce some goals, and that’s something the Bruins want and need.
The Bruins could also try negotiating with the Minnesota Wild in an effort to get one of their defensemen, including Matt Dumba, Jonas Brodin, or Marco Scandella. The one that would best fit the Bruins is Dumba, who would immediately strengthen the Bruins defensive core and provide points from a position that the Bruins don’t see much from. With 24 points so far this season, Boston could use a guy like Dumba, and they could send a young player like Danton Heinen, Ryan Fitzgerald, or Cameron Hughes to get a defenseman they would put in the starting lineup right away.
A trade that seems unlikely, but would be the biggest bargain comes with the Anaheim Ducks, where the Bruins could potentially trade for Cam Fowler. He is arguably having the best season of his career with 11 goal and 20 assists for 31 points, and the Bruins would definitely be happy to get him. This move would come at a price though, where Boston might have to send away one of their prized forwards, and that would potentially be Ryan Spooner. This would help Boston's defensive unit tremendously unlike other guys who don't produce as much, and Fowler is only getting $4 million a year for the player he is, the Bruins would see this as a pleasant addition in hopes of making a run in the playoffs.
The Bruins aren’t expected to stay quiet through the trade deadline, and any of these moves would be acceptable. It just comes down to whether the Boston management, most notably Dan Sweeney, wants to make a decision to get a good player and send one Boston’s as well. The Bruins have until mid-afternoon on Thursday, and we’ll see if they happen to make a move that we agree with, disagree with, or are surprised to hear about.