So it seems that a couple of things are out there regarding what the Bruins are looking to do at the trade deadline, which is coming up on Monday at 3pm.
According to Elliotte Friedman in his 31 Thoughts column, the Bruins are at least considering trading for Artemi Panarin as a rental option.
8. I think the teams with the best chances at signing Panarin long-term are Florida, Los Angeles, the Islanders and the Rangers. The only one that makes sense to take a shot at him for rental purposes is the Islanders. Boston hovers as a rental option, too. If the Islanders don’t get their top choices, GM Lou Lamoriello could consider old acquaintance Ilya Kovalchuk. Remember, the winger has control over his destination.
This seems to go against what Don Sweeney said last week, about wanting to get a player that will play for the Bruins beyond this season. It all depends upon whether or not Don Sweeney has decided to go all in to win a cup before the window closes on his aging core: Zdeno Chara (41), Patrice Bergeron (33), David Krejci (32), Tuukka Rask (31), Brad Marchand (30). If they can significantly improve at 3C and 2RW, they may make it through the projected first-round matchup against the Maple Leafs without being ground to dust.
Yesterday afternoon, this tweet elicited a lot of attention from Bruins fans:
Told that Bruins will be all in on Stone if Senators are unable to sign winger to extension…
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) February 19, 2019
It would be great if they could pull it off. But, again, Friedman had some thoughts on Mark Stone in his column, at what it would take to sign him.
4. My guess on Mark Stone is the Senators came at him with bigger money at less than max term. There were rumblings of five years at $10.5 million, but it was denied. That number would put him with Patrick Kane as the highest-paid winger in the NHL, but leaves money on the table Stone would try to recoup at age 32. His decision comes in the next few days. Chris Johnston reported on Headlines he thinks Vegas won’t do it as a rental. Winnipeg is definitely there. So is Calgary. Undoubtedly, there are others.
So, Stone is looking for money and term so he’s not leaving it on the table when he is on the wrong side of 30. The Bruins would have to move some significant pieces to make that happen in a year in which they have to re-sign significant RFAs like Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and others I can’t access because Cap friendly is down for maintenance!
I guess we’ll have too see what happens.