BOSTON – Those expecting fireworks from the Boston Bruins at Wednesday afternoon’s NHL trade deadline sound like they may be setting themselves up for a healthy dose of disappointment.
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney met with reporters at TD Garden on Tuesday night ahead of their game against the Arizona Coyotes, and the GM said there is “nothing imminent” for the Bruins on the trade market.
Part of the problem is a distinct lack of real sellers at the deadline, and part of the issue troubling the Black and Gold is a “renter’s market” where there aren’t any players with term being dealt ahead of Wednesday’s deadline. These are problematic developments for a Bruins management group intent on improving their hockey club with a long term view in mind, and they seem to be playing out for a Bruins team still finding out how good then can be.
“Nothing imminent. [We’ve been] in a lot of talks and exploring some different situations that would possibly help our team,” said Sweeney. “I’m really not that anxious to complete something [in trade] just for the sake of finishing it.
“It’s always been about what could help us now with an eye toward the future. There is always a balance. You recognize what the team needs and how well they’re playing. Do you have enough depth? It’s always been with an eye toward the commitment we’ve put in place and moving forward.”
The Bruins did have some pretty healthy discussions with the Colorado Avalanche about 24-year-old Gabriel Landeskog, but the B’s weren’t willing to include young D-men Charlie McAvoy or Brandon Carlo for the Colorado captain. That kind of a move could compromise the bright future for the Bruins, and put them on a dangerous path where they embrace short term trades at the expense of doing the right things over the organization’s long haul.
Sweeney did admit the Bruins have kicked the tires on some backup goalie options, and several sources around the league have linked Sweeney, the Bruins and Jaroslav Halak together if the B’s decide they need more goalie help.
Beyond that, however, it doesn’t seem there are many trade options out there that could potentially benefit the Bruins with a player that would be in the long term picture for the Black and Gold. Those players with term aren’t moving in the trade market ahead of this summer’s expansion draft, and instead it’s a straight rental market with players like Brian Boyle, Kevin Shattenkirk and Martin Hanzal already on the move.
“It might just be the timing to tell you the truth,” said Sweeney. “You’ve got an expansion draft coming up and teams may just want to figure that out later on.”
This might all be good news for a Bruins team that’s caught fire while winning seven of eight games under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy, who would do well to not mess with the team’s newfound mojo unless it’s a majorly one-sided deal, deeply in favor of the B’s.