With the trade deadline fast approaching on Monday at 3pm ET, Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney has some decisions to make regarding his team. His team currently is at nearly full-capacity with regards to forwards (excepting Ondrej Kase) who are mostly underperforming. His defense is currently lacking 2 of the top 4 and is dipping into the depth of the taxi squad. As for goalies, at this moment he has 2 well-performing first year NHL players. They currently reside at 4th in the Mass Mutual East with multiple games in hand due to their Covid break and other rescheduled games. Fourth place will get them a playoff spot but not a great one. Something needs to change but will Donny be a buyer or a seller?
Reportedly, Sweeney had been making calls but he isn’t talking about them. The Bruins have been linked to reports tying them to Mattias Ekholm (LD, Nashville) but the price is high with multiple high end prospects and draft picks as compensation. Ekholm wouldn’t be a rental either; he has one more season on his deal at a very affordable $3.7 million. With Nashville back in the playoff picture, chances are that Ekholm will stay put.
Then there’s the perennial Kyle Palmieri talk. He’s been the guy that most savvy Bruins fans have eyed for years now since his deal is not so bad and he has a scoring touch. This season, he’s been a real Bruins killer. With other teams though, he hasn’t been so dangerous.
And of course, there’s Taylor Hall, who is willing to leave the Buffalo Sabres team that he hasn’t made a dent in.
Sportsnet NHL insider Elliotte Friedman had this to say about the Bruins on his 31 Thoughts column:
10. I still don’t know what to make of the Bruins. Tuukka Rask is on their road trip, and they know his health better than anyone else. There’s a loyalty to their veterans, and a realization there aren’t many more years for this core. I hear them linked to Palmieri and Hall, but I’ve also heard they don’t think a rental is a good idea for the cost. Now, if they can extend someone or get someone with term, it makes more sense to me. We’ll see.
After the game on Saturday, Bruce Cassidy stated that Tuukka wasn’t responding to treatment. Whether that means at all or as quickly as they would like, I can’t say. But, I can’t imagine that the B’s would bring in another goalie through trade.
As of last night though, Kyle Palmieri is off the market. He and Travis Zajac were traded to the New York Islanders.
#Isles Transaction: The #Isles have acquired forwards Kyle Palmieri & Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forwards Greer, Jobst, the #Isles 1st round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft & a conditional 4th round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. 1/2 https://t.co/BaV5g2DcNN
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 7, 2021
Better say goodbye to your beard, Kyle.
I have no idea what the B’s should do. I expect that Sweeney will make some sort of low key deal for a player that isn’t on anyone’s radar and that won’t be enough to sustain a playoff run. That seems to be the Sweeney Way.