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Sources: Bruins very much interested in Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson

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Sources: Bruins very much interested in Blue Jackets' Josh Anderson

The Bruins are going to make an aggressive best pitch for the services of productive Rangers winger Chris Kreider if, or when, he becomes available ahead of next Monday’s NHL trade deadline.

They will not be alone as a highly interested suitor for Kreider, however, and need to be prepared with contingency plans in case the Rangers winger goes elsewhere over the next week. It’s a good thing for the Bruins that there will be other options out there for them.

There isn’t a player exactly like Kreider right now out on the trade market, but Columbus Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson might just be the next player on the priority list for the Black and Gold. The Bruins are very much interested in the 25-year-old right winger at the deadline, per sources, even if he has just one goal and four points while being sidelined since December with a shoulder injury suffered during a fight with Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki.

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The injury has taken longer than expected to heal for Anderson after he also suffered a shoulder injury in last spring’s playoff series against the Bruins, so there are red flags there to be sure.  

He’s resumed practicing with the Blue Jackets over the last few weeks and he’ll need to return to the lineup before a team like the Bruins would move on him. But there’s little doubt Anderson checks so many of the boxes if he is indeed healthy.

He’s a natural right wing, he’s 6-foot-3, 220-pounds and scored 27 goals last season while registering over 200 hits and 60 penalty minutes. And that was all before he played like a hard-hitting, physical beast against the Bruins in the second round postseason series a year ago, and left everybody impressed with his playing level and toughness at the most important time of year.

It all comes down to Anderson’s health and whether the Bruins can rely on him to be a top-six power forward-type for the rest of the season after missing time since December. There’s always the chance a lingering shoulder issue could negatively impact Anderson’s tenacity level when he does return, and that would take quite a bit away from his overall effectiveness for a team like the Bruins.

Even though it’s a buy-low proposition with a player in Anderson -- essentially damaged goods for the moment -- one would also expect he isn’t going to come cheap given his size/strength/production combination and his status as a restricted free agent following this season. Anderson could become part of the long term big picture for the Bruins and that kind of value will be baked into the cake for trade offers to Columbus.

The 27 goals and 47 points last season underscore the potential in Anderson’s game, so it wouldn’t be any less than the first-round pick and top prospect package that the Lightning just surrendered for a similar grit forward-type in Blake Coleman. The equivalent package from the Bruins would be a first-round pick and defenseman prospect Urho Vaakanainen, and that’s a pretty hefty price tag indeed.

There will be other forwards like Tyler Toffoli, Ilya Kovalchuk and Sam Bennett who the Bruins may be able to pursue ahead of the deadline, but there isn’t anybody else quite like Anderson available on the trade market. Anderson is a Bruins-type player with the ferocious way he plays and he’d fill multiple needs for the based on both his power game and his potential as a top-6 pick-up for the B’s.

Now it’s about the waiting game for the Bruins to see if Anderson returns to the Columbus lineup this week and shows the Bruins and everybody else around the NHL that he can help them for the rest of this season.

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Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins' fans will love his first post

Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins' fans will love his first post

Former Bruins forward Milan Lucic officially joined Instagram on Thursday, and Boston fans will absolutely love his first post. 

Although Lucic now plays for the Calgary Flames, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to reminisce on the B's 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

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Lucic posing with the Stanley Cup is a huge flex, but the big guy definitely did his part during the 2011 playoff run. The Vancouver native tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 25 playoff games playing alongside David Krejci and Nathan Horton, including two goals and an assist in the series against the Canucks.

During his day with the Stanley Cup, Lucic returned to Vancouver for a celebration with family and friends, so we can imagine his first Instagram post is from that day. 

Hopefully he plans on sharing some more photos from 2011 because that championship run was electric. 

 

 

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

It appears the Boston Bruins could've received a lot more for Joe Thornton when they dealt him to the San Jose Sharks in 2005, at least according to Brian Burke. 

During a Twitter Q&A session on Thursday Burke, general manager of the Anaheim Ducks at the time Thornton was traded, revealed he was rather frustrated he couldn't pry the future Hall of Famer from Mike O'Connell's clutches. 

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As for what he would've given up for Thornton -- this one may frustrate B's fans. 

O'Connell ended up dealing Thornton to the Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart. The move cleared cap space for the Bruins to later sign Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, among others, but could what they have received from Anaheim been better?

If the Bruins ended up receiving Anaheim's 2006 first-round draft pick (19th overall), they could've drafted anyone from Claude Giroux who went 22nd overall to the Philadelphia Flyers to Nick Foligno who was drafted 28th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Now, if the first-round pick Burke was willing to give up was indeed a 2006 pick, then the Bruins who drafted Phil Kessel fifth overall that year could've potentially added two stars for the price of one. 

Thinking about that situation alone should make Bruins' fans cringe, but there's more.

Burke noted he would've given up the player who O'Connell ranked as sixth-best on the Ducks roster as well as a prospect. Looking back at that now, the sixth player could've been anyone from Francois Beauchemin to Joffrey Lupul and a prospect could've been the likes of Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry, according to WEEI's Matt Kalman. 

The sixth-best player makes you shake your head because Beauchemin and/or Lupul weren't the greatest, but the first-round pick and possibility of adding Getzlaf or Perry would've been huge for the Bruins. 

If this deal was done in 2020, you'd have to wonder if Don Sweeney would've accepted Burke's offer.