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Bruins Deadline Thoughts

We're in the final week leading up to the 2018 NHL trade deadline, which falls on February 26 at 3 pm.

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The Bruins currently sit within striking distance of the Lightning for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, with a few games in hand. Naturally, the Bruins are connected to some of the bigger names on the trade market. Here are my thoughts and predictions on some of the different players the Bruins have been linked to before the Monday deadline, along with my attempt to predict who the Bruins actually acquire.

Evander Kane
LW-Buffalo Sabres

Kane has to be one of the most polarizing players in the league. Some fans have been clamoring to see him in black and gold for years now, others wouldn't touch him with a 10 foot pole. He's had his share of trouble off the ice, but is also a proven goal scorer. Kane and Kevan Miller have a pretty well documented hatred of each other going back a few years. Prediction: with what it will cost to land him and the fact that the Bruins success up to this point has been pretty heavily based on chemistry, I don't see any chance Kane ends up in black and gold.

Patrick Maroon
LW-Edmonton Oilers

Maroon had a good year and playoff run last year along side Connor McDavid. This season he's on pace for a similar point total, but Edmonton isn't having anywhere near the success they had last year. He's a big, heavy winger that gets to the front of the net and does most of his damage from around the blue paint. Old friend Peter Chiarelli is still calling the shots in Edmonton, so you have to wonder how willing he would be to deal with his old team. But, on the bright side, that might mean you can get Maroon for a couple rolls of stick tape and one of those Tuukka Tutors they always advertise for on NESN. Prediction: while I don't necessarily hate the idea of Maroon, I question how well he would fit the quick system the Bruins play and I'm also not sure how well he'd be able to adjust to playing RW in Boston. In the end, there is a chance but I think Maroon will get shipped elsewhere come deadline day.

Mike Hoffman
LW-Ottawa Senators

Hoffman is one of the more intriguing of the forward names. He's a legit goal scoring wing with speed and a good shot. The difficulties in swinging a trade for him are that teams tend to shy away from trading talented players within the division, and his cap hit is relatively high at $5.1M for two more years after this season. On the other hand, that could keep the asking price down if Ottawa is looking for more of a salary dump. It feels like Hoffman to Boston had a little more traction a few weeks ago than it does today, but things could always be revisited. Prediction: although I like the idea of adding a 28 year old goal scorer in his prime, I just don't get the feeling Hoffman to Boston will happen.

Rick Nash
RW-New York Rangers

Nash is an interesting case. Not many years ago he was considered one of the best in the game. At 33, he's still got some tread left on the tires. He can play on both the penalty kill and the power play, which makes him more interesting to teams. He gets a lot of flack for not performing in the playoffs, but I think that's more based on earlier in his career when he was considered the number one option on teams. Since he's been moved into more of a supporting role with the Rangers in recent years his production in the playoffs has been better. Prediction: A lot of people are saying the Rangers and Bruins would never make a trade, but there is a lot of players that fill needs for the Bruins like Nash, Michael Grabner, and Ryan McDonagh. Maybe this is the year NYR and the B's kiss and make up...

Ryan McDonagh
D-New York Rangers

McDonagh is the captain of the Rangers. He's in the prime of his career, and he is essentially exactly what the Bruins want and need on their back end. A left shot minute eater that can kill penalties and chip in offensively as well. He's also far and away the best name out there in terms of defenseman. Recent reports have said that the Rangers will command Jake Debrusk as a starting point in any trade with the Bruins for McDonagh, and I just do not see the B's moving Debrusk. Sweeney and Cassidy clearly love Debrusk and see him as a big piece for the future of the team. Prediction: Kevin Shattenkirk was traded at last years deadline for a decent prospect, a nobody minor leaguer, a first round pick, and a conditional second round pick that had so many stipulations and conditions attached to it that there was basically no chance St Louis would get the pick. If Sweeney can convince the Rangers to be realistic with their demands, closer to what the Capitals gave up for Shattenkirk, then I think McDonagh would be the most likely of all the big names to end up in black and gold. Sadly, I have my doubts that he'll be able to do that.

Some of the most impactful trade deadline moves aren't the big names. Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley, Mark Recchi were all moves that didn't make fans jump out of their seats, and those moves brought the cup back to Boston. While I do think Sweeney will try for players like Hoffman, Nash, and McDonagh, ultimately I think they'll end up trading for lesser names that can step in and help without taking any big pieces off the current roster. My prediction is the Bruins target older short term players like wingers Radim Vrbata from Florida or Thomas Vanek from Vancouver, and defensemen Paul Martin from San Jose, Johnny Oduya from Ottawa, or Josh Gorges from Buffalo.

My dream wish list of players would include wingers like Nash, Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings, and defensemen like McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto or Alex Edler from Vancouver, and Niklas Hjalmarsson from Arizona. But there's a reason it's a dream list...

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