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Nine Bruins Players Have Been Listed As Trade Candidates

Published March 4, 2024 at 11:33

The Boston Bruins are facing a challenging stretch post-All-Star break, with only 4 wins in 13 games. General Manager Don Sweeney faces pressure to steer the team towards more victories before the looming deadline. However, the Bruins' asset pool is limited, with idle cap space complicating strategic moves due to Mike Reilly's buyout and bonus overages from Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.

Despite these constraints, the Bruins possess assets that could potentially sway trade talks. Justin Brazeau, with minimal NHL experience, is viewed as more than a fourth-liner, offering promise at 6'5" and 220 pounds. Meanwhile, Jakob Lauko's trade value hinges on his consistency amid deadline stress, while Mark McLaughlin's recent NHL debut and AHL performance make him a versatile asset.

The looming decision regarding Linus Ullmark, last year's Vezina Trophy winner, presents a pivotal trade opportunity. While his departure would impact the Bruins, it could facilitate reinforcements upfront or on defense.

On the flip side, pending UFAs like Derek Forbort and Danton Heinen offer trade potential but at lower likelihoods. Forbort's return from injury and Heinen's adaptability add value, albeit with mid-level trade projections. Jake Debrusk's uncertain status poses a dilemma, requiring a significant return to justify the move. Conversely, Matt Grzelcyk's injury and lack of recent deal discussions cloud his trade prospects.

Lastly, James van Riemsdyk's prowess on the power play contrasts with struggles at 5-on-5, presenting a mixed bag in trade discussions. As the deadline approaches, the Bruins face tough decisions with far-reaching implications for their roster composition and playoff aspirations.

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Nine Bruins Players Have Been Listed As Trade Candidates

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