It’s almost February which means one thing and that is the Trade Deadline is right around the corner. The deadline this year falls on February 24th. The season so far has been very good to the Bruins as they sit first in the Atlantic Division, but they do have a few areas of their game in which they can easily clean up if given the right pieces.
A name that has been swirling around the Bruins for two years now, Toffoli is a solid second line pickup for them and can give Krejci some stability on that right winger spot with Debrusk occupying the left. Toffoli this year has 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in 50 games played. That isn’t all that great considering his 4.2 million salary and the fact his numbers have dwindled down in the past couple years. However, could be in part to the Kings lack of talent around him. Could a fresh start get that jump back in his step?
A big time talent here has been connected to Boston with the need of the second line talent needing to be bolstered. In 48 games played, Kreider has 17 goals and 15 assists which is good for 32 points. That’s extremely solid and the price the Rangers are willing to let him go for will probably be a first rounder and a prospect; just like the Rick Nash rental. Like Toffoli, Kreider would be a rental as his 4.625 million contract is up at the end of this year. The Rangers are looking to go young and rebuild around Panarin and not Kreider so you could see him moved.
Since November, I’ve heard Palmieri’s name thrown into the mix of Bruin potential targets and I never thought in my right mind this would be true. Yet somehow it is. Last year Palmieri put up only 50 points but 27 of them were goals, so he could really add some secondary scoring to a team that clearly relies on its perfection line to get most of the work done. That would take most of the load off of the first line and it could be the push that the Bruins need for a cup since the Blues last year took away the first line and the Bruins had trouble solving Binnington.
Yes, this is the biggest shock here as I saw this one today and was absolutely thrilled. The Bruins have needed a solid big body defender who can push people away from Rask and Halak. Let’s face it, Chara isn’t going to be here forever and Carlo is just not ready. Outside of them the Bruins have not had that presence since Boychuk called this city home.
There are not many Bruins that I can see getting traded here except for one and that is Danton Heinen. Heinen has been underproducing big time and has committed turnover after turnover. Yes, he has his moments but this experiment was not worth trying out. He is similar to when they had to dump Spooner in that Rick Nash deal.