Elliotte Friedman posted the latest version of his always great “31 Thoughts” today, and it featured plenty of info on trade rumors from around the league.
The Bruins were mentioned in one interesting point:
“4. The list is longer, but Boston, Edmonton, Pittsburgh and Vancouver are among those interested in Micheal Ferland.”
Ferland is a wing who will be 27 in April. He’s currently in the middle of a career year with Carolina, 13 goals and 12 assists in 39 games.
Ferland had 21 goals last year and 15 before that, so he’s certainly on pace to set a new career mark.
He’s a bit of a gritty player, with some toughness to his game. He comes with a $1.75 million cap hit and will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
Some have suggested his strong season has priced him out of Carolina, meaning the Hurricanes may look to move him before losing him for nothing.
Does he make sense for the Bruins?
Not really, no. It’s easy to see Don Sweeney wanting to add a wing; however, it’s pretty clear that the wing needs to be a top-six guy who can finish, not a guy who has scored 20+ once.
Sweeney may be interested in Ferland for some sandpaper, but is that really what this team needs? They already have a glut of third- and fourth-line forwards. Adding Ferland wouldn’t really tip the scales.
He’s not a bad player, but this would seem to be the epitome of “buying high.”
The Bruins would be better off letting someone else overpay Carolina for Ferland’s services.
What do you think about the Bruins adding him? Good? No good?