Morning Free Associations: Tradebait, Clickbait

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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.

  • Torey Krug (won’t get a sizable left D in return)
  • David Backes (full NMC next season)
  • David Krejci (full NMC next season)
  • Tuukka Rask (modified NTC- must provide an 8 team list to be traded to, all of which will likely have a good goalie)
  • Brandon Carlo (he’s young and cheap until 2019 when he’ll likely still be cheap compared to McAvoy)
  • 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.

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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    We GH’s headline suggests, there will be lots of clickbait. That’,s the world we live in.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Morning, pals!

  • In the midst of a conference call that I need to be over already.
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  • Going to try to put together some kind of draft preview. I’ll try. I swear.
  • Very excited about Albie coaching BU.
  • I got eaten alive at Bronwyn the other night. Jeez.
  • Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Glad they decided to like you and not me at Browyn!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Morning all. I love the fake Bergevin account:

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    Do it, Marc
    Do it.
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    He’s already got the trade worked out!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Good morning Pals!
    The hockey void does have it’s upside….. we get to be GMs for the summer!
    I wouldn’t mind if Krug left in a deal for Hanifin, but I like Krug. Please, let’s not fall into the “trade Tuukka” talk. I feel Tuukka is capable, he just needs the.team in front of him. Medici isn’t going anywhere this year, ditto Backes. The questions are – Nash brothers? Postma, Gionta, Wingels?
    I feel like a healthy Carlo solves a lot of problems on the D side, who knows what the farm will spit up.
    All right, long winded enough for first post
    MOAR COFFEE!!!!!!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Postma and Gionta have been let go. Nashes and Wingels They’re having a think about.

    I’d like to see the Nashes stay but you’ve got to think Riley at least will be asking too much money. A year or two of Rick would be good, I liked what he was doing with Krejci and Debrusk.

    I don’t get the Tuukka trade-ers. Who do they want instead? Dobby? Get real.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Morning.

    I enjoy the free agency/team build period. You just have to ignore the Tweeters who criticise every move or think you can trade McQuaid for McDavid.

    Sweenius has proved he’s pretty sharp at this sort of thing, I trust him to do the right thing.

    Wouldn’t be too upset if Krug was traded tbh. There are probably teams out there with a greater need for his type of player than the Bs. If the right offer comes along, take it!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    McQuaid for McDavid! I’m on board…. as long as they retain some salary!!!