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Report: Bruins’ bid for Brenden Morrow fell short

Mar 24, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

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Multiple sources indicated that the Brenden Morrow sweepstakes boiled down to two Eastern Conference contenders: the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Obviously, Morrow opted for the Penguins, but B’s fans might wonder what GM Peter Chiarelli put on the table for the former Dallas Stars captain. CSNNE.com quotes anonymous sources who indicate that this was the failed bid:

A second-round pick and 19-year-old prospect Alex Khokhlachev.

It’s unclear if the Stars would have needed to package a third-rounder with Morrow to get that Bruins package like they did with the Penguins.

Maybe the preferences of Morrow, 34, factored into the Stars’ choice, but many might look back at the deal and weigh the value of the the prospect in the rejected deal (Khokhlachev, a forward) versus the accepted one (defenseman Joe Morrow).

One might venture a guess that the Bruins are still in the market for an asset. CSNBayArea.com’s Kevin Kurz reports that Ryane Clowe is out of the mix, but there are plenty of other possibilities – Jarome Iginla‘s name comes up a lot – to keep things interesting.

  1. 19to77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Pens being out of the Iginla bid means the Bruins are the best shot for landing him. ‘Hawks don’t need him and the Bruins can outbid the Kings. It was anyone’s game with Shero in the mix, but with him out, this probably won’t be long in coming.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Don’t be so sure that the Pens are completely out on Iginla now – they still have plenty to offer and they may try to bid up the Bruins still.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      It will be interesting, though. Big difference between trading for Morrow, an aging captain who has been struggling and even seeing fourth line minutes, on a team that isn’t rebuilding, and Iginla, who might be traded in order to help the team rebuild. It will cost a decent younger asset and a first, to be sure.

      I’m hoping they keep Bennett where he is and put Morrow on the third line. Yes, a lot to pay for third line, but I would rather see Bennett on the second than Morrow. Maybe. We’ll see.

      • bgrillz - Mar 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

        Bennett will end up on the 3rd line with Sutter and TK. Morrow is there to replace the grit and toughness lost when Kunitz left that line to be on Crosby’s line.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        When was Kunitz on Sutter’s line, again???

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        nevermind – mis-read that.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        nevermind – I mis-read that entirely.

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    We want iggy!! Would put us over the top.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    People here in Boston seem to think we’d be getting 27 year old Iginla. He’s an aging vet at the back end of his career

    • govtminion - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Yeah, I’m not so fired up over the idea of getting him, particularly for what the Flames would want in return. Sometimes it’s better to NOT make a deal.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM

        It seems like a lot of non-hockey people are supportive of the idea. Giving up your top goaltending prospect for a talented veteran who doesn’t appear to be the missing piece is questionable at best.
        It would be nice to see the coaching staff open up and allow Seguin to play a more offensive game.

      • atteckus - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        Building upon what Hockeyflow has said, then there’s the consideration of hockey-people. The fact is, adding Iginla puts many other chess pieces in play. You’ve got to make room for him and move your lines around. You have to consider making amnesty buyouts after the season if you lock Iggy up to a multi-year deal. I’m not a fan of it for those reasons.

        The Ducks just made big salary commitments. I wonder if they would be willing to swap Bobby Ryan for David Krejci and a pick. That would be money neutral, would give the Ducks enhanced play-making and two-way center play, and would get the B’s that net-front scorer presence they lack.

    • rogersjd16 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      You peeps are nuts. HIs goal totals each of the last 5 years would lead Bruins. Right now he’d be 3rd with his 9 and he’s on a terrible team.

      We’re pretty stacked at goalie both in NHL and minors. This is absolutely something that should be considered and hopefully done.

      If you’re talking about winning (or contending) for Cup this year the trigger should be pulled.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        I agree with you – there were a lot of people from Pittsburgh that did NOT want to see any trades, even though we could never possibly bring all of the defensive prospects we had up to the NHL level, and that we had a potential hole at wing. I like the idea of thinking long term, but at some point you have to decide if you have a shot at winning the cup and, if so, go all in.

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