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NHL rumors: Lightning outbid Bruins to make Blake Coleman trade with Devils

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NHL rumors: Lightning outbid Bruins to make Blake Coleman trade with Devils

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lighting aren't just battling for the NHL's best record and first place in the Atlantic Division.

The trade deadline is Monday, and the Lightning made a move over the weekend to acquire veteran forward Blake Coleman from the New Jersey Devils. The Lightning gave up forward Nolan Foote and the Vancouver Canucks' 2020 first-round draft pick (previously acquired by Tampa Bay) to pry Coleman out of New Jersey. 

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Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday in his weekly "31 Thoughts" column that the Bruins were among the teams outbid by the Lightning.

2. Tampa outbid Boston for Coleman, but Edmonton made a real push. A couple of teams said they heard he was the guy the Oilers would give up a first-rounder for.

This report might frustrate Bruins fans, especially since it was the Lightning that ultimately got Coleman, but it makes sense for Boston to save its top trade assets for a player better than Coleman. One player who fits that description is New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who is more talented and a better fit for Boston than Coleman.

TSN reported Tuesday the Bruins and Colorado Avalanche have emerged as the frontrunners for a Kreider trade, although other teams are interested in him.

The Lightning aren't the only Eastern Conference contender that's made a trade before the Bruins. The Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. The Pittsburgh Penguins traded for veteran forward Jason Zucker in a deal with the Minnesota Wild earlier this month.

The Bruins enter Tuesday with a slim one-point lead over the Lightning for the top seed in the East. Both teams have played 60 games, and they will meet twice more before the end of the regular season.

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Lightning trade for potential Bruins trade target, Devils forward Blake Coleman

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Lightning trade for potential Bruins trade target, Devils forward Blake Coleman

The Boston Bruins appear to be looking to make a big splash before the NHL trade deadline.

TSN's Darren Dreger reported Sunday the B's are among the many teams showing interest in New Jersey Devils winger Blake Coleman.


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Coleman would be a tremendous addition to a Bruins team that currently leads the NHL in points with 84. The 28-year-old has 21 goals and 10 assists through 57 games.

NBC Sports Boston's own Joe Haggerty noted Coleman as a potential fit for Boston along with fellow Devils forwards Kyle Palmieri and Miles Wood:

A deal for Palmieri is probably a bit lower in terms of probability than others like Kreider or Toffoli, and there are other players of interest on the New Jersey roster as well like Blake Coleman and Miles Wood who could be decent fits for the Bruins. The 24-year-old Wood is having a down year with just 10 goals and 19 points in 54 games with a minus-14 rating, but he’s a big, physical player with speed whom the Bruins have been intrigued by over the years.

The 28-year-old Coleman is another forward who plays with bite and is in the midst of a career year while leading the Devils with 21 goals this season, and is on pace for 32 goals and 50 points while seeming to always play well against the Bruins. Wood is signed for two more years at $2.75 million while still an RFA at the end of his current contract, and Coleman is signed for one more year at $1.8 million before he hits unrestricted free agency.

Though the Bruins could've benefitted from Coleman joining the team, he is reportedly being shipped to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Nolan Foote and a first-round pick, according to the Devils.

The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 24.

David Backes receives three-game suspension for hit on Blake Coleman

David Backes receives three-game suspension for hit on Blake Coleman

We thought it might happened, and now it has. 

The NHL has announced that Bruins center David Backes has been suspended three games for a high hit on Devils forward Blake Coleman on Thursday night. 

Backes will consequentially miss the Winter Classic, where the Bruins will face off against the Blackhawks at Notre Dame in the NHL's yearly outdoors game. 

Backes has racked up 10 points this season, and while those aren't astounding numbers, his absence will leave the Bruins light on wings, again. 

If Brad Marchand is out for an extended period of time with the injury he sustained on Thursday night, then the Bruins may have to dip into their AHL talent pool to keep the ship afloat. 

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