Potential Bruins' trade targets

Tuomo Ruutu – The roughneck forward is exactly the kind of skill/sandpaper player the Bruins love for their third line roles, and he’d fit in perfectly with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. The Bruins are interested in Ruutu and have several former Hurricanes players on the B’s that have given their recommendation on the scrappy Finn. Unfortunately two major stumbling blocks stand in the way: it appears Carolina is going to sign him to an extension just as they’d done with Tim Gleason. The price for Ruutu is a first-round pick plus some kind of prospect.

Ray Whitney – the crafty forward has been in Boston’s sights before at the trade deadline, but he seems to be a veteran intent on carefully picking his landing spot. Who can forget the Los Angeles Kings trade that was blown up because Whitney started demanding a three-year extension before agreeing to go there? Whitney is still a crafty playmaker and a guy that could certainly give the Bruins an offensive shot in the arm, but he’s got some very serious no-trade provisions that would have to be worked through. He’s also proven in the past that he’ll attempt to leverage any potential deadline deals into something financially beneficial for him as well. The Bruins wouldn’t be looking to make any contract guarantees until they see what kind of fit an impending free agent like Whitney would be with their team. Indications are that San Jose and the New York Rangers are also interested, but the Coyotes are also right in the thick of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Whitney won’t move as long as the Desert Dogs have a chance at the postseason. A pick and/or a prospect would be the going rate for Whitney as it was two years ago.

Shane Doan – The Coyotes Captain’s name has been kicked around as available given the possibility that Phoenix could be relocated to Seattle – or some other willing NHL wannabee market next year – but don’t bet on Doan going anywhere. Doan will want to ride off into the sunset with the Coyotes franchise, and once again no move is going to be made as long as Phoenix is perilously close to the playoff bubble.

Jeff Carter/Rick Nash – The Bruins have had scouts at the Blue Jackets home games and presumably it’s because they are one of the few franchises that will undoubtedly be sellers at the trade deadline. The B’s have discussed Jeff Carter in the past dating back to a one-for-one trade possibility for Phil Kessel back when both players were just starting out, and Nash is obviously a special player that would require a high cost in players and picks. Either player would require the Bruins to move an affordable young asset on their team or a prospect/pick package that would hurt (Dougie Hamilton) the long-term health of the franchise.

Ryan Smyth – the blood-and-guts Edmonton Oilers forward is the exact kind of veteran presence that could give the Bruins a facsimile of the skill set and net-front presence that Mark Recchi brought to the table. Smyth is said to be hesitant to waive his no-trade clause this month, but the Bruins are definitely interested in the aging hockey player. It would likely cost the Bruins a high draft pick to bring on Smyth, who also commands a cap hit over $6 million.

Jarome Iginla – the Flames Captain has a no-trade clause and says he’s sticking it out with the Calgary Flames. Iginla would fit in perfectly with the Bruins temperament and style if he did decide to relocate anywhere for a playoff push, and came away impressed with Zdeno Chara’s leadership skills after the defenseman barked at the Flames superstar during the third period the NHL All-Star game. Iginla would cost the Bruins a first-round pick and a talented young player if he were available and it truly appears that he’s staying put in Calgary.

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