The Boston Bruins are kind of quiet right now so let’s turn our attention to other things going on around the NHL. There are front office moves to talk about, personnel switching places, and one notable player wanting a change.
First, Pierre McGuire is on the move. Fear not, he’s not going to TBS/TNT or ESPN. Instead, he’s going to the Ottawa Senators front office as Vice President of Player Personnel.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) July 12, 2021
This move not only ensures that we don’t have to listen to him babble inanely about midget teams but that the Senators will probably continue to suck into the future.
Let’s turn our attention to the Chicago Blackhawks. I’m sure that there are reasons they don’t want us to focus upon them so they conveniently have a trade to
cover that up announce. Last week, reports out of Chicago were that Duncan Keith wanted to be traded to a team closer to home; he hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Yesterday, his dream came true (?) when he was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers for Caleb Jones (brother of Seth) and a draft pick.
🔁 TRADE 🔁
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) July 12, 2021
On the one hand, the Oilers blueline could use someone who can move the puck from the backend, with some leadership ability, someone who has won the Stanley Cup multiple times, someone who can kind of coach their young defensemen on the ice. But Keith’s glory days are well behind him: at nearly 38 years old, he’s on the final 2 years of his 13 year deal. Yeah, they used to be able to sign those. Most of these contracts are so front loaded that the player, if he’s able to make the team, is playing for peanuts. In this case, his cap hit is an affordable $5,538,462 but his actual salary is $2.1 million and $1.5 million for the last 2 years.
A look at his stats over the past two years show the decline in his game.
And the we return to the trade saga developing in St Louis with a left shot right wing who wants out citing a lack of trust in the medical team. Vladimir Tarasenko is going to leave the Blues whether it’s by trade or by expansion draft, the latter of which is not a given. Seattle GM Ron Francis has promised that he’ll spend to the cap but Tarasenko’s $7.5 million cap hit might be a bit much. Still, Tarasenko’s situation has inspired two journalists from The Athletic to figure out who could be in the mix for the 30 year-old RW. Believe it or not, the Bruins are considered to be in the mix.
From their article:
Overview: Boston has $30 million in projected salary-cap space in 2021-22, but the Bruins have some high-end unrestricted free agents they’re trying to bring back. For starters, there’s Taylor Hall and David Krejci, and then there’s goalie Tuukka Rask, and also don’t forget they’ve been linked to the Eichel rumors in Buffalo. Boston appears set at right wing with David Pastrnak and Craig Smith, and the Bruins have a more pressing need on left defense. But if they can’t get the top-six talent they’re after, perhaps Tarasenko becomes an option.
Potential trade package: 2021 first-round pick, center Trent Frederic
Rutherford’s thoughts: The Blues would make this deal yesterday. The Bruins’ first-round pick is No. 20, and with the Blues already possessing the No. 16 pick, Armstrong would have two of the top 20 selections in the draft. I’m assuming the Blues would be retaining salary in this proposal, but even if they’re off the hook for some of the $7.5 million, it would allow them to spend that money on another position. Meanwhile, they’d be adding some sandpaper in the St. Louisan, Frederic, and it worked out pretty well the last time a player put on the hometown uniform (Pat Maroon).
Pronman’s thoughts: Boston doesn’t have a lot of premium futures unless they part with Jack Studnicka, which seems unlikely, so using its first-round pick this summer seems the most logical trade asset. Frederic is a competitive, smart forward with size who lacks standout speed or skill for the NHL level.
It’s stunning to think that a first, home town boy Trent Frederic and the Blues retaining salary could get this done. As Pronman said, Freddy doesn’t have exceptional skills or speed. He does have grit, the ability to fight and be a general pest, along with the same hometown hero vibe that Pat Maroon has but is that enough?