With the Bruins struggling to find consistency, as well as a relatively slow start for the youngsters, it’s no surprise that both General Manager Don Sweeney and Head Coach Bruce Cassidy are considering opportunities to make this squad more competitive.
Players like Jake DeBrusk, Anders Bjork, Ryan Donato, and Danton Heinen have failed to catch steam, and with the Bruins being a competitive team that can compete with your “wagons” such as the Tampa Bay Lighting, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Nashville Predators, the slow start for the rookies could influence Sweeney into making a deal.
That is, after all, how TSN and top insider Darren Dreger sees the situation.
On TSN 1150 radio in Hamilton, Ontario, Dreger commented that the Bruins could be a team looking to make a significant trade this season.
“I look at the Boston Bruins as a team that might try to shake things up a bit.” – Dreger on TSN 1150
Although not directly linked, Dreger also mentioned the Los Angeles Kings as a potential trading partner for the Bruins given the Kings slow start to the season, and their interest in bringing in a cheaper, younger forward. Dreger mentions that the Bruins feel as if they have a lot of young players in the same position, and unloading said players for a proven veteran player is the most likely move.
More often than not, veteran and depth acquisitions typically happen closer to the trade deadline – but all signs point towards the Bruins kicking the tires on adding a veteran forward long before that. The biggest question is, what kind of veteran forward is being considered? Is it a Mike Hoffman – a 28-year-old forward in the prime of his career? Or is the interest similar to that of Rick Nash – an older player past his prime who may have a little juice left in the tank?
Whether the Bruins decide to make a trade now, or wait closer to the season, it’s clear a little more depth could be helpful to ensure that all four lines are competitive.