Welcome to the second installment of my and CarvinBass18’s three part series A Bruins Defense: A Three Part Series on How to Improve Next Season. This is Volume 2: Buying the Present to Save the Future, in which I play my best Jonathan Swift and make my modest proposal to make 2016-2017 less of a terrifying gong show than 2016-2017.
The Boston Bruins have exceeded the expectations of many prognisticators and have put themselves into a strong position to make the playoffs heading into the February 29 trade deadline. However, despite the strides made this season, they have significant deficiencies on defense that must be addressed if they want more than a one-round playoff run.
It’s clear what the Bruins’ need is: defensive help, particularly at the #3-#4 defenseman spots. The Bruins have the 3rd-best offense in the league, so acquiring an offensive defenseman doesn’t help much. They’re looking for stability in their own end. What are the defensive options available? What can the Bruins offer? What might be their game plan? Who might be willing trade partners?