NHL Insider Reveals Why Bruins Couldn't Land Mark Stone.

Published February 26, 2019 at 2:05 PM

The Boston Bruins walked away from the NHL trade deadline with no blockbuster deals which was disappointing for some fans. 

According to multiple reports the team was in on some of the big names including Mark Stone, Ryan Dzingel and Wayne Simmonds but walked away empty handed. 

All three of those players currently play in the Eastern Conference and it sounds like that played a major factor in the Bruins not getting them

According to NHL insider Darren Dreger, the Senators just didn't want to see Stone in a Bruins jersey for the next 8 years. 

"I don't know. I'm not saying that Pierre Dorion wouldn't have traded Mark Stone to either the Boston Bruins or New York Islanders, who were very, very keen, but I think he'd have preferred to not have to look at Mark Stone for the next eight years playing with an Eastern Conference rival. 

"And maybe the New York Rangers feel the same way, although I don't know that Winnipeg is going to have a strong appetite to re-sign Kevin Hayes, because they've got a boatload of contracts to wrestle with. So I wouldn't be surprised if Hayes go back to the New York Rangers as an unrestricted free agent.

"So sometimes it's just that competitive balance, and where the key targets - the players - hail from initially.

Sounds like it definitely would have costed an arm and a leg for the Bruins to even come close to landing stone. 
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