If the Stanley Cup Finals have not been an indication of how the NHL is trending then switch the channel. L.A. and New York have become the model by which teams may want to alter their identity moving forward. Both teams made bold moves at the trade deadline, L.A. acquired Marian Gaborik and NY added Martin St. Louis. What do both have in common? Top end speed and world class skill. Both have been an integral part of their team's success. Ironically, there were rumors swirling that Gaborik was to end up in Boston but the B's brass did not believe his skill set will blend in with the team's current makeup. Not like PC cares too much about being anointed as a trade deadline winner right?
Maybe it was just ignorance on the part of the Bruins as they failed to identify a teams needs and deficiencies. The point? Its time to adapt or sink to the abyss of irrelevancy.
The Bruins have their work cut out for them with just $9mill (projected) cap space and a handful of RFA/UFA to sign. Lets be realistic here, the word "tweak" is not part of the equation and definitely wont be the solution to the identity crisis that's currently hunting the Bruins. Who ever thinks that resigning Jarome Iginla and trading Bartkowski for a third line winger will solve your problems then you are purely naive.
The Bruins must be creative this off-season and it may involve cutting ties with some household names. This team needs to balance its lineup and the only way to accomplish such may be through bold trades. Players like Milan Lucic, David Krejci & Brad Marchand are assets that would fetch a nice return in order to round out your roster.
Some people may look the names mentioned and think there is no way Bruins will be a better team without them. I may be in the minority on this but I beg to differ. Krejci is a tremendous talent, great vision, high hockey IQ and can control the game on his stick. That being said, he is very streaky, 10 points in 5 games, then 3 points over his next 15 games. However, despite his no-show in this years playoffs he is a proven performer and thats something you would sell teams on. He may have the highest value of the group and is entering the last year of his deal. Rumor had it that Krejci may be looking for $6.5-$7mill /yr. The Bruins simply dont have that money.
Trade target regarding David Krejci? Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers. EDM has a great need at center as RNH is still developing. They need a #1 center with experience and Krejci gives them just that.
Eberle is a pure scorer, with high end speed and skill and is still a very young player. He will be a tremendous fit in Boston.
Trading Krejci will obviously leave a hole at center, or would it? Patrice Bergeron is not flashy but boy is he as steady as they come at making players around him better. He has the talent and the will to be a very good #1 on this team. The evolution of Soderberg and infusion of Spooner will make this move plausible.
My intention was not to start a trade-machine type of discussion, rather bring to light the issues that hinder the Bruins from possible success.
Contrary to reports, I feel this is going to be a very busy summer for the Bruins. Expect the unexpected...