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Bruins looking to make a trade?

Oct 28, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

Peter Chiarelli

The Boston Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup champions. However, they’re also 3-6-0 and tied for 29th in the NHL standings.

And while you’d think B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli would show some patience with a team that’s coming off a short summer and likely struggling to get motivated for the relative banality of the regular season, you’d be wrong. Chiarelli has been “making his calls to other GMs,” according to Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe.

We’ll assume those calls aren’t being made to say hi.

Clearly the Bruins’ most pressing need is goal-scoring. Their power play is still abysmal, and since they’re not outscoring their opponents five-on-five at the ridiculous rate they did last year, their per-game goal production has dropped from 2.98 in 2010-11 to 2.11.

The Bruins have the cap space to make a sizeable deal. The question for Chiarelli is, who’s available? Thus, the phone calls to other GMs. You never know – maybe there’s another David Booth out there.

One name that Dupont mentions is Kyle Turris, who’s currently engaged in a nasty contract dispute with the Phoenix Coyotes. But if you believe Phoenix GM Dan Maloney, Turris won’t be playing for anyone this season except the Coyotes.

Calgary’s Rene Bourque is another player that’s rumored to be available, as is Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu.

Buffalo’s Brad Boyes has been playing a bit better in Buffalo and the Sabres might not mind getting his contract off the books, though I’m not sure the two Northeast rivals would do a deal. Ditto for getting Andrei Kostitsyn out of Montreal.

Any other ideas? Let’s do some baseless rumor-mongering.

  1. danphipps01 - Oct 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Man, Rene Bourque would be a good way to replace Lucic. Costs less, actually DOES SOMETHING, et cetera. He’s a productive power forward who comes close to thirty goals a season on a fairly bad team – I can only assume he’d rival Lucic’s one-hit wonder season with Krejci centering.

  2. spizzjr - Oct 28, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    I’m sure the isles would welcome zdeno chara back say in exchange for … a conditional first round pick Rolston jay pandolfo and maybe mottau to sweeten the pot a bit if necessary throw in some cash considerations as well

    • bcisleman - Oct 28, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      Apart from the fact that the Bs will never trade Chara and he likely has a NTC or MNC & wouldn’t approve such a trade anyway, the NYI are unlikely to move anybody other than Nabby or Montoya right now.

      • danphipps01 - Oct 29, 2011 at 5:29 PM

        That, and it’s a fucking awful trade. The top shutdown man in hockey and the capain that led them to the Cup for anything on the entire Islanders roster would be bloody stupid.

  3. nhlbruins90 - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Another Bourque in Boston? Boyes was already a Bruin, don’t think he’ll be coming back. Don’t know who, but someone’s life is gonna be turned upside down with a phone call real soon. It’s gotta happen.

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