BOSTON — It is nevertheless a few months prior to this year’s Countrywide Hockey League trade deadline and amidst Tremendous Bowl hoopla and Earth-shattering information in the NBA, possible moves for the Boston Bruins have not accurately been on the front burner of the warm stove of local sports activities chatter.
Concerning division rival Toronto selecting up a essential leading flight defenseman (Jake Muzzin from LA) this 7 days and having possible target Wayne Simmonds in town with the Philadelphia Flyers, its tempting to glimpse in advance to what Boston may possibly do to shore up its roster for the postseason.
It is no magic formula that the team’s most pressing need is a leading-6 ahead, if possible a scoring winger to deploy upcoming to next line heart David Krejci.
Krejci’s wing has in essence been the white whale Boston’s been chasing for several several years. In homage to not too long ago-moved New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingas, the Bruins are seeking for a unicorn to revitalize the next device, make scoring depth and consider pressure off the leading trio.
Is chasing down that unicorn at one more deadline a fool’s errand?
A year in the past, Boston designed its biggest splash in the latest memory by leasing Rick Nash for the position and the end result was a meager a few playoff goals. David Backes was a sq. peg in the round gap upcoming to Krejci and with varying degrees of success Boston’s obtained and tried the likes of Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla and Nathan Horton in that position.
It is no magic formula that when Krejci performs effectively, Boston’s a different crew. That he led the playoffs in scoring the two times the existing B’s designed the Stanley Cup Finals is a effectively-recognised simple fact in Boston hockey circles. On the area, shelling out methods to get him again to that level would seem like it’s really worth it.
Is it seriously? Choose Simmonds, on the final year of his deal and most probably a pure rental. He’d value at least 1 1st-round pick that maybe Boston just can’t manage to component with.
In his prime, Simmonds would’ve been a great Bruin. He’s a massive, actual physical skater who performs the match the correct way, isn’t afraid to toss his pounds close to and finishes close to the net. He’s a considerably much more skilled variation of Milan Lucic, or a much more tough and actual physical variation of Horton, the two wingers with whom Krejci has had the most success.
But at age 30, he’s two several years removed from his final 30-intention time and is on pace for his most affordable assist full at any time (awful linemates in Philadelphia not withstanding). If you’re into additionally/minus, Simmonds has not been a additionally-participant considering the fact that 2010. He also has not scored a playoff intention considering the fact that 2014.
With him, it would seem you’re considerably much more probably to get some variation of final year’s Nash than 2011’s Horton. And with the NHL trending toward young, proficient and value-controlled forwards, I’d be inclined to hold on to my 1st-round picks.
Who else may possibly shake unfastened from the trade tree? Boston’s lengthy been linked to Artemi Panarin from Columbus, a good scorer who’s a bit lengthy in the tooth at 27 for a person in his fourth NHL time. He’s thanks megabucks at the close of the time, and if he finishes up with a 6- or seven-year deal, the again close could be a big income cap issue.
Does Boston need to hold up with Toronto in an arms race? Indeed, but losing cash only to get rid of a round later on to a Tampa Bay crew that seems to be unbeatable is sort of like robbing Peter to pay back Paul.
There is an argument to be designed that Boston could target a minimal-value 3rd line heart. It is genuine that missing final year’s Riley Nash has been a massive issue for Boston’s depth, and may possibly be an less difficult repair than landing a massive-time winger who may possibly not generate in any case.
Maybe which is the route for Boston: Establish depth down the middle and allow Jake DeBrusk and Peter Cehlarik proceed to blossom alongside Krejci, who is on pace for his 1st 60-issue campaign in a few several years as it is.
In any circumstance, the substantial-priced rental winger is not the reply. Providing up one more 1st-rounder to get it, and ultimately be bounced from the playoffs, would not be cash effectively put in. Like seeking for a unicorn in the wild relatively than in the internet pages of the library’s fantasy section, it would be insisting on chasing a little something that doesn’t exist.