Boston Trade Rumor

It has been rumored on Sporting News Radio that the Boston Bruins are continuing their search for a scoring winger to replace recently departed Bill Guerin, who went to the Dallas Stars this summer. Although it is near impossible to replace a guy like Guerin, the Bruins are supposedly talking to the New York Rangers about a possible deal, which would send tough winger Radek Dvorak to Boston.Radek, a native of the Czech Republic, was selected tenth overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. He played that very next season, playing under expectations, but still showing promise. Since then, he has been dealt to the New York Rangers, where he is having contract extension talks, or possibly even trade talks.

With the likes of Bobby Holik, Darius Kasparitus, Mike Richter and Mark Messier having contract discussions, Dvorak has been overshadowed. Reportedly, Dvorak is seeking a contract extension which would make him a Ranger through 2004. But if he cannot get what he wants, he might even demand a trade. He is a rising star in the NHL, and is expected to be at least a thirty-goal scorer.

The Bruins on the other hand, have been taking heat from their fans. The team failed to re-sign scoring threat Bill Guerin, and dumped goaltender Byron Dafoe. They have not made any attempts in the free-agent market, with the exception of Brian Berard, but are expected to make a few deals during the long and grueling NHL season.

The Boston organization would have a tough forward in the 6’2,” 185 lb. winger. He would add a scoring touch to the lineup, as he has in Florida and New York.

The Bruins are supposedly “very optimistic” about Dvorak arriving in Boston, reported by a fan in a call-in show on Sporting News Radio. I caught the tail-end of the conversation, but the guy seemed to know what he was talking about. But, this is just speculation.

Could Dvorak really be the help Boston is looking for? Will they need anyone else? We shall find out soon enough…

~Jeff P.

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