The Boston Bruins currently sit in the first wild card spot. Considering the amount of injuries, the Bruins will take this as a win. The stockpile of injuries includes key guys like Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, and Kevan Miller who will be out until around the new year. With the injury bug hitting all parts of the roster and the physical play starting to pick up it might be time for Boston to go get an enforcer.
In recent divisional games the physical style of play has picked up tremendously starting with the Montreal Canadiens and then carrying on to the Detroit Red Wings. The problem is not matching that physical style of play, it’s the guys that have had to step up and fight due to the injuries and lack of toughness on the current roster. If Don Sweeney and Cam Neely don’t want to quickly drop out of the playoff picture in the Atlantic Division, it’s time to go get help. The last thing the Bruins need is for Brad Marchand to get injured sticking up for his teammates, or Torey Krug who has already missed time this year with his own injuries. The Boston Bruins have already been rumored to be in trade talks with the Minnesota Wild for center Charlie Coyle. Someone else who I believe could be a good fit for the Bruins is Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, who has been in trade rumors for the past year.
Wayne Simmonds has played in 25 games this year for Philadelphia, scoring 9 goals and assisting on 4, but Simmonds is a big physical right-winger who could play along side Jake Debrusk and David Krecji . Simmonds could be the physical presence that Boston is missing and is also someone who could stick up for his teammates when it comes to it. The Bruins would have to give up something along the lines of Danton Heinen and probably draft picks to land the big right winger but it is something to definitely consider for Boston. On a more positive note for Boston, young defenseman Charlie McAvoy has begun skating with the team in a contact jersey after missing over a month with a concussion. McAvoy will be a huge boost in skating the puck out of the zone for Boston, something they have missed in his absence.
The Bruins next take on the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night, and then the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. Two more divisional battles that will be important points in the standings.
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