Good morning, everyone! Despite having the night off, the Bruins’ odds of making the playoffs improved last night with losses to New Jersey and Carolina. The Flyers are still in the playoff bubble mix after a possibly season-saving save of the season by Michael Neuvirth.
Carolina’s loss sets up a great opportunity for the Bruins tonight when they visit the Canes. A win tonight would further the playoff push, hurt the Canes’ playoff chances, and make it more likely that the Bruins leave Carolina with John-Michael Liles on the team plane.
The biggest buzz in the news last night, of course, was the trade of Andrew Ladd to Chicago. For all the talk of 1st-round picks not likely being in play at the trade deadline this year, and talk of trade returns being lower than expected, Chicago blew that out of the water by sending a 2016 1st-round pick and a top prospect, Marko Dano, to the Jets. There’s a conditional 3rd-round pick in 2018 involved as well, going to the Jets if Chicago wins the Cup. The Jets also sent Froyo Fraser and Jay Harrison to the Hawks, but I’m not sure why.
Our attentions obviously turn to Loui Eriksson. The Bruins offered him a contract extension, but have not heard back from his camp. The price the Blackhawks paid for Ladd gets one speculating about what other teams would offer for Loui. A similar deal from Anaheim would be a 1st-round pick, a prospect like Jacob Larsson or Brandon Montour, and possibly a low conditional pick. The Kings are rumored to be interested, and a similar deal would be a 1st-round pick in 2017 (their 2016 1st-rounder went to Carolina in the Andrej Sekera trade) and left wing prospect Adrian Kempe. If the Bruins can’t pry Jonas Brodin or Matt Dumba out of Minnesota, perhaps they could get a 1st-round pick and a prospect like right winger Alex Tuch or defenseman Gustav Olofsson. Or perhaps the Bruins treat Loui as an “own rental” and hold onto him for the playoff run.
Interesting days ahead, starting tonight! What’s on tap?