Looking at the standings table at….7:41 PM on the 13th of February, 2017…the Boston Bruins are in an awkward position. Long time head coach Claude Julien had recently been let go due to the team’s sub par performance. To be fair, New England sports teams have this mantra of expected success and being the city of champions. The Bruins’ 2016-17 campaign has failed to meet said expectations from the fans. It’s weird, because the B’s are currently in a playoff spot. The only catch is that they have 4 games played more than divisional rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are currently only 3 points behind Boston for the 3rd place spot in the Atlantic division. Assuming the Leafs get a point for each game, that would put the Bruins in a wild card spot, barely making the playoffs. Sure some teams would love to make the playoffs, no matter how it is done. But the Bruins have had past success over the years with almost the same core players, like Bergeron, Krejci, Chara, Rask, Marchand, Krug, and McQuaid, and talented additions like Backes and developed youngsters like Vatrano, Spooner, and quickly maturing Brandon Carlo have further deepened the roster. This team hasn’t changed too much over the years, perhaps an aging Chara has been detrimental to the blue line, but other than that, the team should be just as successful as years past.
With the team not being where they want to be, rumours of possible trades to bolster the team, improve their record, and possibly make a better push in the playoffs…assuming they still make it, have risen to social media.
Landeskog to Boston?
The most talked about trade rumor is to acquire Colorado forward Gabriel Landeskog. Personally, I wouldn’t mind making this deal as long as it revolves around a pick and maybe a blue chip prospect. Some reports suggest the Avs want Carlo and picks, which for a older, playoff hopeful team, is not worth the move. The Bruins are dreadful at the defensive position, and Carlo is the only glimmer of hope for the future of the Bruins blue line. Giving him up for another forward would be even worse for the team.
What do the Bruins need?
Honestly what the team needs is a top 4 defenseman, like Jacob Trouba, or Danny DeKeyser. The heart of the problem is that the Bruins cannot seem to keep the puck out of the net, an addition to put in front of Rask would provide a solution, as well as potentially improving the goal scoring.
As long as Boston tends to the defensive needs, they will be in shape for a potential deep playoff run.
God, where’s young, talented, in-his-prime Ray Bourque when you need him?