The March 3 NHL trade deadline is two weeks away, and the Boston Bruins, judging by the latest rumors, seem to be in the mix for several of the best players to likely be made available.
That makes sense when you consider the Bruins are leading the league standings with a 40-8-5 record -- seven points above the Carolina Hurricanes.
Boston's championship window might not be open for much longer given the age of some of the team's players and the uncertain contractual futures of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and David Pastrnak, so you could make a case that the franchise should have an all-in mentality at this year's trade deadline.
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Here's an update on the latest Bruins rumors and which players they should target on the trade market.
- The Bruins are among several teams to speak to the Blue Jackets about defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov (Dave Pagnotta, The Fourth Period)
- The asking price for Gavrikov is a first-, third- and fourth-round pick (Chris Johnston, TSN)
- The Bruins are "very interested" in Blues forward Ivan Barbashev (Andy Strickland, Bally Sports Midwest)
- The asking price for Barbashev "seems to be a second-round draft pick and a prospect" (Dave Pagnotta, The Fourth Period)
- The Bruins "recently inquired" about Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (Pierre LeBrun, The Athletic)
- The Bruins, Leafs and Hurricanes are among the teams monitoring the Timo Meier situation in San Jose (Emily Kaplan, ESPN)
- Boston is among the teams interested in Canucks defenseman Luke Schenn (Pierre LeBrun, The Athletic)
Updated trade targets
The Bruins could use another goal-scoring winger (preferably a right wing) and/or a bottom-six center who can take faceoffs, kill penalties and add some size/toughness to the lineup. Bottom-six depth is important, and one more veteran for that group would be a nice upgrade for the B's roster.
Here are some forwards the Bruins should pursue before the trade deadline.
- Nick Bjugstad, C, Coyotes
- Jonathan Toews, C, Blackhawks
- Ivan Barbashev, C, Blues
- Noel Acciari, C, Blues
- Max Domi, C/LW/RW, Blackhawks
- Nick Bonino, C/LW, Sharks
- Kevin LeBlanc, RW, Sharks
A top-four defenseman like Chychrun would be a blockbuster move, but even a third-pairing defenseman who can play in tough, defensive situations, block shots and kill penalties would be a strong addition.
Depth on the blue line is critical to playoff success, and the Bruins have been deficient in this area during some of their recent playoff runs, including the 2019 and 2021 postseasons. You can never have enough quality NHL-caliber defensemen, especially in the playoffs when injuries are inevitably a factor.
Here are some defensemen the B's should target prior to March 3.
- Jakob Chychrun, Coyotes
- Vladislav Gavrikov, Blue Jackets
- Shayne Gostisbehere, Coyotes
- Luke Schenn, Canucks
- Jake McCabe, Blackhawks
- Nick Seeler, Flyers
- Joel Edmundson, Canadiens
- Dmitry Kulikov, Ducks