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Hearing Boston has had talks with Avs over Landeskog. Sakic wanted Carlo, and B’s said no
— Adrian Dater (@adater) January 5, 2017
CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty believes Landeskog would make an “intriguing power forward winger-type possibility” for the Boston Bruins. He speculates Sakic’s asking price would include rookie defenseman (and Colorado Springs, Col., native) Brandon Carlo, which could be a deal breaker for the Bruins.
Dreger thinks Sakic is more inclined to move Duchene than Landeskog. For the right offer of prospects or draft picks, he doesn’t rule out the possibility of the 25-year-old center being dealt by the March 1 trade deadline.
The Bruins could find themselves in a similar situation with their own dynamic young star, David Pastrnak. At just 20 years old, Pastrnak is enjoying a breakout season as he is tied for second in the league with 19 goals – all while missing seven of the Bruins’ 37 games. Like Panarin, he’s also set to become a restricted free agent after the season.
While losing Pastrnak to restricted free agency is not really a concern, as that is an incredibly rare occurrence, the winger is setting himself up for a serious payday in Boston.
As mentioned before, Gabriel Landeskog would be an intriguing power forward winger-type possibility for the Bruins if he’s dealt away from Colorado, but one would image Joe Sakic and the Avalanche would ask about local Colorado Springs product Brandon Carlo going back to the Avalanche as part of a package for Landeskog. I’d be more tempted to think about this than when Carlo was mentioned in Jacob Trouba trade rumors, but I still wouldn’t trade a 20-year-old D-man that’s already playing top pair minutes in the first year of his entry level deal. You just don’t trade those guys.
The question Bruins fans would want to know then is just how serious that speculation should be taken.
“I wouldn’t take it very serious in the moment,” said TSN NHL Insider Darren Dreger. “This is social media, and when you’re in a slow time coming out of a roster freeze, this is the type of stuff that is almost like sport when you look at certain organizations. And we know historically the volatility of the Boston Bruins, from ownership down, how hands-on they can be with Cam Neely hovering about.
One has to wonder about those possibilities if he continues to be an ill-fitting piece for Claude Julien’s system: would Spooner be one of the main pieces for a top-4 D-man Boston has searched far and wide for over the last couple of seasons, and is it inevitably trending toward an exit with things making the way like perpetual fourth line demotions and an organizational unwillingness to keep him at his preferred center position?
No Chara for third. He left after first shift in the second
— steve conroy (@conroyherald) November 23, 2016
Unless things change drastically over the summer, that scenario does not figure to exist in Boston, where Chara had to be The Guy on a weakened blue line in a lost season for the team. After Don Sweeney traded Dougie Hamilton for futures, the Bruins leaned on a declining Chara for 24:06 of ice time a night, which was up 45 seconds a game from the previous season. Chara tweaked his approach to enjoy a strong offensive campaign, but he couldn’t save the Bruins’ diminished defense by himself.
The Bruins will straighten out their defense. It would be irresponsible to launch a second straight season with a leaky blue line. They are in better, although not ideal, shape to fix it this summer by spending their futures capital.
Their best chips include two 2016 first-round picks and high-level prospects (Jake DeBrusk, Jakub Zboril, Zach Senyshyn, Brandon Carlo, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Jeremy Lauzon, and Danton Heinen). They could have cached more futures for flipping purposes by trading Loui Eriksson, but they opted to retain the unrestricted free-agent-to-be.
— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) February 29, 2016
What to do, what to do, if you’re the Boston Bruins and pending unrestricted free-agent winger Loui Eriksson remains unsigned into Monday, as the clock ticks down to the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline?
When it comes to reinforcing this team for the stretch run and for the next few seasons, the Bruins are best served with hockey trades, such as the one that brought Brett Connolly last year for a pair of picks. Connolly is young, under control, and has room to improve. At the moment, he is not a go-to No. 1 right wing. But he is playing a good grind game next to Marchand and Bergeron, even if he doesn’t develop into the sharpshooting snapper that Lightning scouts once projected him to be.
The Bruins should do everything to keep building for the future while still attempting to remain competitive for a playoff spot. If Loui Eriksson isn’t going to sign a team-friendly extension, then move him for whatever the highest bidder wants to spend for him at the Feb. 29 trade deadline.