Four More Boston Bruins Trade Targets
The NHL Trade Deadline is fast approaching. At 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the league will close the book on all trades for the remainder of the season and turn its focus to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Our last edition featured targets such as Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, who may or may not be on his way to Boston this weekend, and Anaheim’s Corey Perry. Perry recently agreed to a mega contract with the Ducks, so he is off the table.
The Bruins have been in heavy negotiations with Calgary’s General Manager Jay Feaster regarding the prized veteran winger, but the asking price is believed to be coveted goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban, offensive prospect Alexander Khokhlachev, and a 1st round pick. This price may prove too costly for the Bruins’ General Manager Peter Chiarelli who is typically a “bang for your buck” kind of guy.
There is also a sense of urgency in the NHL following two excellent trades by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens added veteran forward Brendan Morrow from the stars, and paid a hefty price to do so. They also added shutdown defenseman Douglas Murray from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for two picks. The Stars had an offer on the table from the Bruins for Morrow, but the Stars took the Penguins’ offer, it is unclear if the B’s had a shared interest in Murray as well.
Here are four more players I believe the B’s are targeting as backup plans, should they not be able to acquire Iginla.
Jaromir Jagr, RW, Dallas Stars: Jagr is one of the best players in the history of the NHL. After a few years of NHL hiatus following the 2007/08 season, Jagr returned to the league with the Philadelphia Flyers last season. He exceeded everyone’s expectations by playing top line minutes with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, and scoring 19 goals, 35 assists, and a +5 in 73 games. Following a disappointing playoff exit for the Flyers, Jagr was not welcomed back to the organization for cap reasons and went on to sign with the Dallas Stars.
Jagr has continued to impress with his new team, he leads them in both goals with 14, and points with 25. Jagr is obviously past his Hall of Fame level prime, but he is still someone who can contribute in a big way to the Bruins sometimes inconsistent attack. It is unclear as to what he would cost the Bruins, but his history on the powerplay would surely provide the B’s with some wisdom and confidence they haven’t had in years. It might also help David Krejci, who grew up idolizing Jagr, to have him in the lineup. The two were teammates for the Czech Republic in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic games.
Ryan Whitney, D, Edmonton Oilers: Whitney is a Boston native and would undoubtedly love to play for the hometown Bruins. He is a former Boston University Terrier with experience playing in Beantown. Whitney has been bounced around the league following his impressive play with the Pittsburgh Penguins early in his career. The Penguins traded him to Anaheim in exchange for Chris Kunitz, and he would later be moved again to the Edmonton Oilers where he currently still plays. Whitney is a big bodied puck mover with a solid defensive game when motivated.
Injuries have limited his excellent offensive potential, and he is still a pretty good skater despite those lingering issues. He has 256 points in 464 career NHL games. This season he has 3 goals, 7 assists, and -9 in 24 games. He has been a healthy scratch at times this season, and it has been rumored the Oilers are trying to move him. I believe he would be an excellent fit on the back end with the Bruins, provided he can add a spark to an otherwise offensively stagnant Bruins’ defensive unit. It would also be wise given the recent losses of both Adam Mcquaid, gone for the season, and Johnny Boychuk for an undisclosed amount of time. Whitney skated with various Bruins players in Boston during the NHL lockout.
Curtis Glencross, LW, Calgary Flames: Jarome Iginla isn’t the only player the Bruins like in Calgary. Curtis Glencross is another player the Bruins have considered as a consolation prize should they not be able to land the Flames captain. He plays a north/south game, uses his body to good effect, and is also an excellent net front presence. Glencross has been excellent this season for the Flames, and has really established himself in the NHL with two 20+ goal seasons in a row. It is his ability to crash the net and clean up rebounds that has endeared him to the Calgary faithful, and the Bruins’ brass.
In 29 games this season with the Flames, Glencross has a team leading 13 goals, with 8 assists, and a -4. Unlike every player mentioned in these our trade targets, Glencross still has 3 years left on his deal at an incredibly affordable $2.25 million per year. It is unclear what the price may be for Glencross or whether or not the Flames are even interested in moving him. He would be a great addition to the Bruins, especially on the third line with Rich Peverley.
Martin St. Louis, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning: This here is a pipe dream if I ever saw one, but still it isn’t out of the realm of possibility. The Lightning know the salary cap will be going down for the start of the 2013/14 season. They would absolutely love to ship Lecavalier out of town, but his ridiculous contract makes him immovable. There is where I believe St. Louis may become a cap casualty. It is tragic to think of “Marty” being moved after all he has done for the Bolts, and to be honest, I am still not quite sold on the notion of him actually being available. If he does become available though, I believe the B’s should turn their attention to him as opposed to Jarome iginla.
St. Louis would turn the Bruins powerplay around in ways we haven’t seen since Marc Savard’s time here. He would also help turn Seguin into an offensive weapon more so than he already is, as he did with superstar Steven Stamkos. Stamkos is a generational talent so all of the praise doesn’t fall solely on St. Louis’ shoulders, but he is certainly responsible for a good 40-50% of the goals Stamkos gets on the powerplay. He is also under contract for the next two seasons which makes an investment in him even more worthwhile. He would likely cost the farm, but would be worth it. Though he is 37 years old, St. Louis has consistently managed to stay among the league’s top scorers for the last 3 seasons. He has 8 goals, 34 assists, and a -3 in 33 games this season.
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