The Boston Bruins have had one of the greatest seasons in franchise history currently on pace for 118 points; most since the 1972 Stanley Cup winning team that recorded 119 points.
Despite having the league’s second best goal differential, least goals against, the best home record in the NHL, and a top three power play, and penalty kill, the Bruins could use some help in a few areas up front to strengthen their chances of not only making it back to the Stanley Cup but also achieving their goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston; size, and secondary scoring.
When looking at Boston’s offense, the Bruins do lack size as Charlie Coyle, and Sean Kuraly are the only ones taller than 6′ 1″, while 12 other rostered Forwards are either 6′ 1″ or shorter with Brad Marchand coming in at just 5′ 9″.
This could certainly pose a problem for the Bruins against larger teams such as Washington, or several Western Conference teams that Boston could face in the Stanley Cup if they do get back.
When it comes to scoring, the Bruins have scored a total of 201 goals (6th most), however the first line of Bergeron, Marchand, and Pastrnak have scored 93 of those goals. That is nearly half the team’s offense, 46.27 percent to be exact.
Last season we witnessed exactly what happens to Boston when that line can not produce when the Blues shut down the first line in the Finals and took the Stanley Cup home to St. Louis.
Here are three Forwards Boston could trade for as the Trade Deadline quickly approaches us just four days away.
Joe Thornton making a return home to Boston to finish his career makes more sense than not.
Playing for over 500 games with the Bruins, Thornton recorded 454 points for the black and gold before being traded in a blockbuster trade to San Jose where he has now been for the past 15 seasons.
Despite spending over two decades in the NHL, Jumbo Joe has yet to win one Stanley Cup. With San Jose having a terrible season, and chances of a Stanley Cup dwindling, Thornton would certainly want to head to a contender such as Boston, or Colorado.
Thornton would serve as a great rental piece following the Trade Deadline, allowing Charlie Coyle to officially be a top six Forward, while at the same time adding some size to Boston’s offense as Thornton stands at 6′ 4″, 220 pounds.
Although this would not help Boston’s lack of size as Palmieri is under six feet tall, acquiring the Devils’ Forward would help out in secondary scoring.
New Jersey is currently one of the worst teams in the league sitting at 28th in the league, yet Kyle Palmieri has still recorded 41 points from his 22 goals, and 19 assists in 55 games played.
Palmieri has one year remaining on his contract before the then 30 year old would become a free agent.
In return Boston would most likely be sending a first round pick, if not even a smaller compensation pick on top of that. Something Boston would be willing to spend in order to bring another 20 goal scorer to the lineup.
Kreider is set to become an unrestricted free agent this off-season, but would definitely be a rental piece if Boston traded for him, a very expensive rental piece.
The New York Rangers’ Forward is aiming for a 7 year, $7-million per year contract which would bring him to age 35; Boston can not fall into yet another David Backes-like contract, however with the Toffoli, and Zucker trades increasing the price tag for Kreider, who knows if the Bruins would even be interested in trading for the former Boston College standout.
Boston is however in a great position moving forward in draft picks as the Bruins still have all of their first, second, and third round picks for the next three years.
Adding Kreider to Boston’s offense would solidify the Bruins as one of the league’s most dangerous offenses, while at the same time adding size as Kreider stands at 6′ 3″ 216 pounds.
Boston has just two games before the Trade Deadline Monday. One tomorrow night in Calgary, one Saturday night in Vancouver, and then will be heading home to host the Calgary Flames Tuesday night following the Trade Deadline.
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