Bruins Looking To Add Forward & Defenseman Before Trade Deadline
The Boston Bruins have been hit HARD by injuries this year and despite that fact they sit fourth in the tough MassMututal East division with an impressive 17-9-5 record.
Despite their injuries Bruins GM Don Sweeney still believes this group can get it done and isn’t planning on sitting on his hands ahead of the NHL trade deadline on April 12th.
It’s reported that Sweeney is looking to upgrade his top six forward group as well as add a left shot defenseman for their first or second pairing.
Here is what the fourth period’s David Pagnotta had to say:
The Boston Bruins want to make an addition or two over these next two weeks – one up front and one on the blueline. With John Moore done for the next five-to-six months, his $2.75 million salary cap hit can go on LTIR and help free up some extra space for Bruins GM Don Sweeney.
In a perfect world, the Bruins would like to add a top-six scoring winger and a left-shot defenceman for their first or second pair. We’ll see what Sweeney has up his sleeve but adding someone up front might be at the top of his list.
He also goes on to mention that the Bruins are willing to package in forward Jake Debrusk if it means an upgrade to their top six. The Bruins were reportedly going hard for Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell who would have been joining his former ducks teammate Nick Ritchie with the bruins. Unfortutantely, Rakell was injured during a game Monday against the St Louis Blues and it looks like he will be out for a bit forcing the Bruins to look elsewhere.
There has been talks of the Arizona Coyotes being willing to move forward Connor Garland if the price is right, he would be an amazing addition and bring new life to the Bruins top six forward group, while the Bruins are there they could double dip with left shot defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson who was close to becoming a bruin in the off-season.
Lots to ponder for Bruins fans but one thing is for sure, expect big changes to come before the NHL trade deadline.
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