BREAKING - The Bruins could look at this Flames player as a backup option

Published August 3, 2023 at 7:46 PM

Bruins are on the lookout for a center to fill the void left by the retirement of Patrice Bergeron and the potential departure of David Krejci.

While Elias Lindholm remains a prime trade target, Mikael Backlund from the Flames emerges as an appealing backup plan.

Backlund's effectiveness as a two-way center makes him an attractive option for the Bruins.

With impressive numbers of 19 goals, 56 points, and a plus-24 rating in 82 games last season, he could easily slot into Boston's top six and special teams units.

To make moves in the market, the Bruins might consider trading players to improve their center depth.

Defenseman Derek Forbort, with his $3 million cap hit, could be a candidate for a cost-effective deal. Jakub Zboril, the seventh defenseman, also carries a sizable cap hit, making him a potential target for teams seeking defensive help.

If the Bruins aim to acquire a star center like Lindholm or Mark Scheifele, they may have to part ways with effective players like Jake DeBrusk and/or Matt Grzelcyk.

Although challenging decisions for GM Don Sweeney, the pursuit of a top-tier center could drive significant roster changes in the upcoming season.

Source - thehockeywriters
August 3   |   15 answers
BREAKING - The Bruins could look at this Flames player as a backup option

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