Those two sides of the same Boston media coin, Jimmy Murphy and Joe Haggerty, have some really dumb, farfetched ideas. I try my best to ignore these two, usually because they think they’re tuned in more than they are. This was the article du jour on Twitter on Sunday, exposing me to these twin towers of stupid ideas:
#Habs need to trade Max Pacioretty and Carey Price! Do it now before what promises to be a miserable season and their value goes down! If I'm Bergevin, Pacioretty to Panthers for Bjugstad and Price, Alzner to Oilers for Draisaitl, Lucic, Talbot. Make it happen MB!
— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) July 6, 2018
Plenty of trade targets out there for a Bruins team looking for some second line scoring punch. Some have a much better chance of actually happening than others https://t.co/4jx2ZtxGLP
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) July 6, 2018
To save you the trouble of scrolling through the Haggs slideshow, this is what he said about Looch:
Can you go home again to Boston if you’re Milan Lucic? Clearly Boston was the best NHL spot for Lucic; it’s where he was drafted and developed into one of the hardest-hitting, most intimidating players in the NHL, and it’s where he won a Stanley Cup while turning into an offensive threat. But things are slowing down for Lucic as he’s now turned 30 years old, and carries a massive $6 million cap hit for the foreseeable future. He’s coming off his worst season in the NHL with just 10 goals and 34 points, even if he did once again finish in the top-five in registered hits this season. They wouldn’t be giving up as much for Lucic in a trade as his value has dropped a bit, and they also wouldn’t be taking him on unless Edmonton was willing to eat at least a couple million dollars per season on a bad, bad contract. But if the Bruins could get him at a reduced rate without giving up too much in assets, would it be worth reuniting Lucic and Krejci on the second line to see if that could spark the power forward back up to 20 plus goals? Certainly the Bruins wouldn’t get pushed around in the playoffs like they did against the Lightning last season, and that’s worth something in and of itself. Besides, if the Bruins were only paying $3-4 million per season for Lucic, a third line role would be something they could swallow cap-wise as well if that’s what he turned out to be in a second B’s go-round. It remains to be seen if Edmonton is even going to move Lucic, but it’s something worth thinking about for the Bruins.
Looch has been on the decline for about 3-4 seasons now and he just turned 30. He’s signed through 2022-23 at $6 million per. I do not think bringing him back will give Krejci the spark he needs. Krejci played well with Rick Nash for the short time they were both healthy. Krejci has been playing well with a kid on his wing, that you Jake DeBrusk seems destined to do great things if he’s given the chance to continue to grow. Bringing Lucic back in 2018 will not be like 2011 because that time is gone.
As for Jimmy Murphy – even though that tweet had nothing to do with the Bruins, it assumes a stupidity on the part of both GMs, not just Marc Bergevin, and while Peter Chiarelli does make some awful moves, trading Leon Draisaitl will not be one of them. He may have bungled the negotiations with the young German forward but trading him would be the worse deal for the Oilers.
Yes, Edmonton journalists may think that Murphy and Haggs were having a silly fun time but these two bozos really believe the crap they spout, until they’re proven wrong at which point they deny they said it. Remember, friends don’t let friends listen to Haggs and Jimmy Murphy.