With the season wrapped up and the deepest playoff run in four seasons, the Boston Bruins have roster decisions to make to improve on this year and make a deeper run next. There is little doubt that this team is rebuilding on the fly, choosing to keep this window open for their remaining veteran cup winners while developing talent and getting the young guns acquainted with a full-season plus of NHL action, and that moving into fall of 2018 this team will look different after a combination of prospect maturity, free agent signings, and possibly trades.
After trading for Rick Nash at the deadline, the Bruins are without a first-round draft pick next weekend. Unless Don Sweeney can make a deal to get back into the first round, it’s likely that he’ll just build up prospect depth with the remaining picks.
This weekend, Ty Anderson suggested that the Bruins could capitalize on some team upheaval down in Carolina to get either or both defenseman Noah Hanifin and Forward Jeff Skinner.
Noah Hanifin, the Massachusetts native the Bruins were so enamored with that they tried a complicated and massive trade-up at the 2015 NHL Draft to nab, checks off several boxes for the Bruins as a left-shot defenseman with size, a smooth skating game, and offensive pop. And continuing their attempt to revamp their roster under a new owner and general manager, the Hurricanes have also let teams know that they want a prospect and a first-round pick for Jeff Skinner. The 26-year-old Skinner, who plays both left and right wing, is entering the final year of a contract that comes with a $5.75 million cap hit, and has scored the 13th-most goals in the National Hockey League since the start of the 2015 season.
While it’s great to stockpile picks and prospects, sometimes you have to give up some of those things to be able to win now.
Now, I hate to do this to you, but I think it’s best to understand the opposing point of view and learn where HOT TAEKS come from, so I bring you Joe Haggerty’s E-Z BAKE HOT TAEK OVEN™ for how to build the team by trading any your best and most unavailable assets.
Let me save you the click; it’s not so much about ideas for building through trades of roster players so much as a list of “Five Players I Don’t Really Like That I Would Like To Be Traded”. The fact that he buried Tuukka Rask so low is more about making sure people click through the lazy-in-thought yet wordy slideshow than it is about how he feels about him. To save you time, Haggs thinks the following players could be traded but likely won’t. Beside their names, I’ll let you know why they won’t be traded for real because I know these things and can look up contract details on Cap Friendly.
Seriously, it took no effort to write that article/ slideshow/ drivel. Haggs suggests that these guys can be traded but doesn’t even bother to suggest what they should net in return. At least Ty has ideas.
Seriously, this Bruins team made a serious step this season and it will still need shaping. If the right piece is available, Sweeney will have to make a move. Just don’t expect him to dump a contract and leave dead cap space.