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Report: Bruins need to make a trade

Aug 22, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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As it stands today, the Boston Bruins have little room to work with when it comes to cap space heading into the 2014-15 season and that’s a problem considering restricted free agent defensmen Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith are without contracts.

Krug nor Smith had any leverage this summer as they wait for contracts. The pair didn’t have arbitration rights and are not eligible to sign offer sheets from other teams.

The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa points out there will be cap relief when Marc Savard is placed on the long-term injured reserved list, but even without Savard on the books, there’s little room or flexibility for general manager Peter Chiarelli to add two contracts.

The logical spot for Chiarelli to deal from is the back end where the Bruins are deep.

As we pointed out earlier this month, defensemen Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid and Matt Bartkowski are all unrestricted after 2014-15.

Shinzawa suggests Boychuk or Bartkowski would likely bring the biggest return for Chiarelli.

The Bruins do have significant room to play with come 2015-16, but it’s not likely all three aforementioned defensemen re-sign in Boston. Shinzawa points out the Bruins could use an experienced right-shot, right winger in return on a trade.

So Bruins fans, who do you deal if you’re in Chiarelli’s shoes?

Related: Report: Bruins’ Marc Savard to join Ottawa 67’s

  1. bsaures - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    They waited too long this should have been done at the latest during the draft. Teams have all spent what they want to spend.

    • drewsylvania - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Yep. Have the sinking feeling they’re not going to get back enough for whoever has to go.

      • bsaures - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        No team would have given much anyways it was painfully obvious the bruins were in cap trouble since the season ended

      • drewsylvania - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Well, they didn’t have to re-up Caron and probably one or two other RFAs that have less value.

      • gallyhatch - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        I’m with you on this one Drew.

    • nhloon - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Somehow move any of the younger guys, hopefully a pair for one third liner who has played right. If the Bruins had the below lines, I think they would have that even scoring deadliness again.

      Smithers has more upside the Lucic offensively and should be getting time receiving Krejci’s dishes. Erikksson up there is a huge question mark, but I think when healthy could be worth a shot. Maybe not.

      Smith – Krejci – Erikksson

      Lucic – Bergeron – Soderberg – Boss Line.

      Marchand – Kelly – Someone

      Caron – Campbell – Paille Could switch Caron Campbell

      Chara Hamilton
      Seids Boychuck
      Krug McQuaid /Bart / Miller

      • bruins18 - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        None of that would ever happen

      • nhloon - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        Clearly, although, what’s the downside to this ? The status quo ain’t working.

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Are you missing Zdeno Chara somewhere?(No clue if it’s spelled right)

    • thesportsjudge - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Bsaures, why can’t you post like this all the time? Great post with just the facts. Okay, maybe all the time is unreasonable, but if your posts were like this instead of blind hatred and bashing, more people would like and listen to what you have to say.

      • bsaures - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        This is the internet we are allowed to have opinions. Too bad if they dont follow 100 percent your ideals atleast I dont pull a blomfeld on every article and post some moronic video about elvis Presley or a bear

      • thesportsjudge - Aug 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        I understand, yet there you go back to being a douche. How many years since Montreal has won the Cup? Keep counting.

    • blomfeld - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      “Always be kindly to those who are less fortunate” … Psalm 27:4

      As an ardent, sexy and values-driven supporter of planet Earth’s greatest professional ice hockey team (LA Kings), I find myself ‘inclined’ to offer my best wishes to the Boston Bruins and their fans … take care friends and God speed, comrade Blomfeld

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Elvis likely thought he was calling room service for a peanut butter and banana sandwich, plus another TV ser after he shot out the one in his room.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        The best part of it not being hockey season and being on this site slightly less is not seeing blomdouche’s posts

  2. ballistictrajectory - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Darth seems to be slightly brittle, Bartkowski inexperienced. No way Johnny Rocket moves. Between McQuaid and Bartkowski I would send Bart as he could have the most upside to any other team, therefore getting more back in the deal.

    • bsaundaz - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      id trade either of them in a heartbeat to keep johnny boy, krug, or smith

  3. charastein - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Trading Boychuk would be foolish.

    • pepper2011 - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      Normally I would agree with you, but he is gone at the end of the year. Someone will offer 4-5m. The Bruins will not match. Not with their Depth. He is probably their 4th man now, behind Hamilton. Krug is also quickly vaulting up that list. They could get something legit for Boychuk and a prospect.

      I guess what I am saying is the difference between Boychuk and Miller/Bart as your 5th dman is not as great as their gaping whole on wing and a guy who could net 20+ goals.

      Miller, Bart, Mcquaid, Warsofsky – would be fine as your 5,6,7,8 Dmen. They still have Morrow and Arneson and a handful of others that have potential.

  4. upyourstodd - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Boychuk is too valuable to the team this year to move. Keep him through to the end of the season even if you lose him to UFA. Lose his experience and you have Mcquaid, Bartkowski, Krug and Miller as your 3 thru 7 defensemen… they could become a liability when it counts as shown against MTL.

    • hockey412 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Where’s Hamilton?

      • gallyhatch - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Not sure why you’re getting the down thumbs on this one 412, it’s a great question. (maybe more for your reputation than anything else)

        Hamilton’s better than any of the 4 players upyours mentioned and will hopefully be with the Bruins for a long time.

      • upyourstodd - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        My apologies. I meant 4 thru 7. I have Hamilton as a Mainstay.

  5. dboldave - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Move whichever will get you the better right winger.

  6. Moop - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I don’t believe that the Bruins have a Stanley Cup caliber defense if they trade away Boychuk; even if they might lose him to free agency, they have to keep him for this year.

    Bartkowski could get a decent haul back because of his offensive abilities, and we’ll be able to forget about his defensive lapses. One might argue that he can develop into a more well rounded defenseman, but he’s 26. He’s not going to get much better than he already is, and the Bruins already have an offensive specialist in Krug, as well as David Warsofsky, who may push for an NHL spot this season.

    What I don’t get is why nobody is talking about trading Chris Kelly. Sure, he’s a leader, sure, he’s a good defensive player, but the fact is that he has a cap hit of three million and will be playing on the bottom two lines this year. The Bruins have a few young players in the organization that are capable of stepping into that spot. I understand that they have excess defensemen, but if they need to shed cap this badly, Chiarelli should be taking a long look at trading Chris Kelly.

    • topshelf37 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Only part I’d disagree with you here on is Bartkowski not getting better because he’s 26. The perfect example of that is none other than Johnny Boychuk. For an NHL defenseman 26 is still an age of development. Granted it’s more fine-tuning and you pretty much know at that point if someone’s going to pan out, but still, I would expect him to continue to grow as a player.

      • Moop - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        I guess that’s fair, but I just don’t think the Bruins need another offensive inclined defenseman when they have Krug and Hamilton, both of whom are younger and are already proven to be very good at moving the puck. Once again, throw in Warsofsky, and it just seems like Bartkowski doesn’t fit in with the Bruins too well right now. He’d definitely do well on a team starved for offensive defensemen.

      • topshelf37 - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        Agree with you there too Moop. I don’t like seeing him go but he almost has to. I do think he will be worth someone’s time, no question.

    • bsaures - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      What about this thee is a player who would net a return, could probably be replaced internally, and almost garunteed wont be back who by trading would solve all the problems….. krecji

      • Moop - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        If Krejci leaves in free agency then that almost negates the Seguin trade, and I will be very angry. The plan before seemed like trade Krejci and let Seguin take his spot as a first line center, but to trade Seguin, and then watch as Krejci walks away only two years after… will Ryan Spooner develop into the player that Krejci is now? Not only that, but trading Krejci right now would put a huge hole in a team that is supposedly in “win now” mode.

      • bsaures - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Well unfortunately thats the reality. Looking at next years free agaents he is one of the best available he will easily get 6+ which the bruins cant match. You move bergeron up to the top line and let a guy like soderberg play 2nd

      • bcisleman - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Give the possibility of Krejci moving on, wouldn’t dealing Boychuk for Strome make sense? Strome could replace Iggy as RW for this season and become franchise center when he leaves. He’d solve the cap issue and he’d be reunited with his Ice Dogs pal Dougie H.

      • bsaures - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        No offense but you must be high if you think nyi would part with one of their top prospects for boychuk.

      • Moop - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Isn’t it just as likely that Soderberg leaves in the offseason too? He’s currently one of the best bargains in the league at 1 million per season, but his contract expires this year and he’s going to want a hell of a raise. The Bruins will basically be choosing between Krejci and Soderberg next offseason.

      • gallyhatch - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        I think if Soderberg continues to improve, Krejci will be gone by the deadline this year.

        Just my $0.02.

      • bcisleman - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Bs would need to sweeten the deal with a pick or prospect. Thing is with Grabovski centering the 2nd line for four years and Dal Colle, Ho Sang and Collberg in the system, Strome may not be that essential anymore.

      • bsaures - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        Just because grabovski is there doesnt mean they are simply going to hand over a top prospect for a spare part and a average prospect. They can move him to the wing

    • hockey412 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Kelly has a NTC.

    • nhstateline - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      Kelly’s unmovable right now because of his contract and recent injury history. If he comes back and does well that changes.

    • charastein - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Trading Kelly is probably impossible with his injuries and lack of production. Who wants to eat his contract?

  7. i1theinternet - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    the real problem here is that if you’re trading a guy or two to make cap room, all you can take back is super-cheap dudes or draft picks. going to make it extremely difficult for them to get commensurate value for whoever they ship out.

  8. nunan - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Let Bart or McQuaid go. I think much of McQuaid’s skillset is replaced by Miller and at a cheaper price. Bartkowski is good and I think he will be a strong d’man eventually but they have enough mobile d’man already, between Krug, Hamilton, and their prospects. Don’t let Boychuk go, even if he won’t be back after this year. He’s a solid vet, with a hell of a shot, and plays a role on this team. He’s gritty and physical. They need that on the back end. Chara-Seidenberg-Boychuk-Miller-and Krug is not too shabby.

    • mackattack29 - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Totally agree. Miller is a better version imo.

  9. bcisleman - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    It isn’t just about fitting in under the cap. They also need to replace Iggy’s offense. He was tied for first in regular season goals and first by himself in playoff goals. If they are going to get a serious replacement for Iggy, they probably need to move Boychuk.

    • Moop - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      I think between Eriksson getting first line time (expect 25 goals from him this year), added production from Smith (he really dropped off after having one hot streak where he scored most of his 20 goals), hopefully a more consistent season from Marchand, and added production from rookies (Spooner, Fraser, Koko?) the Bruins will be able to replace Iginla’s goal scoring by committee.

      • bcisleman - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        There’s some witty line about chickens and hatching that comes to mind. We’ll see.

  10. sixchr - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Realistic Bruins fans who weren’t preaching about the President’s Trophy have been saying this for months. Someone has to go and Chiarelli refused to trade anyone. I would rather keep Boychuk for the one year because it’s worth it to me if they go on a run in the playoffs but I don’t see how they can make cap room just trading scrubs. Oh wait, that’s right, they’re paying Chris bleepin’ Kelly $3 million.

  11. aflo20 - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Starts will happily give y’all Gonchar for Boychuck. : )

    Lol relax it’s just a joke

  12. bigbadbruins77 - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    This is easy fellas. It’s been talked to death.

    #1. Trade Mcquaid, Bartowski, and Kelly as a deal or in pieces for draft picks or whatever you can get for them, teams know we are tight and won’t give us full value. Or move 2/3 of them.

    #2. Trade Marchand and Boychuk for Evander Kane and a good pick (not ideal, but if nobody else bites

    #3. Move Boychuk and Mquaid or Bart to a team that really needs D. Relieves cap space, can’t afford Johnny Rocket next year 😦, and relieves D room for the 9 NHL ready d men.

    #4. Combo Kelly and Boychuk, any combo of the above names.

  13. njadvocate111 - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    In my opinion, they already missed the boat on a big trade. They needed to move Marchand because as has been said, given their cap they needed to package guys like Bart, Marchand etc in order to get get decent return (make up for 30 goals) and free up money. Marchand is a fan favorite but 20 goal scorers are not THAT hard to come by in the nhl and he certainly should not be making David Backes money. Kelly is too old and has back injuries which makes his return nearly 0. Without moving Marchand, they will likely sign Krug and Smith for min of 1.5 each (Bart got 1.25 in arb) which puts them 4 mill over the cap going into next year. If they get hit with the penalty, as everyone said above, they will probably lose both Boychuk and Krejci to FA. As ppl said above, they are not a cup contender without BOTH and probably aren’t regardless. IMO, should have packaged Marchand, Bart and Subban for Bobby Ryan, but it looks like that ship has sailed.

  14. robwhite2003 - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Move Krug up to winger for a bit, see if he adjusts.

  15. djshnooks - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Boychuk for Strome?!? Lmfao!!!!!!

    That’s hilarious man, good job.

  16. drivemekrejci - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    I think this is easy enough to at least settle things down. Resigning Caron and Bartkowski was pointless, but I’m sure you can get some mid-level picks for them somewhere. That’ll free up 2mil for Smith, then Savvy on LTIR will give money for Krug. That at least gets us into the season. Maybe Gagne tryout gets us a cheap 3rd liner and we can free up from there. Krug and Smith are priorities, though.

  17. pats2001 - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    get bartkowski outta here

  18. obamareallysucks - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    bruins suck

  19. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Calgary has a need for another defenseman, sits 30th in payroll and Johnny Boychuk played his junior hockey here. I hope Treliving is making calls to Boston.

  20. bruinsfan55 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    If I’m Chiarelli I move Bart and Quaider if you can we have Warsofsky coming up to be a 7th D-man and that would take a decent amount of money off our cap

  21. mjw9326mjw9326 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Oh, okay. Buffalo will be real nice and take Chara ff your hands . We will give you Grigorenko and maybe a fourth back. You may even get the pick we got from St. Louis. You AIN’T getting that first round we will have when we suck so bad this year OR the one we got from the Islanders. No way. We want McDavid or at least Jack Eichel. Those guys are our pot of gold at the end of the rainbow next year. If by some miracle we could get both, along with the kids already in the pipeline, the Sabres could look like Pittsburgh during their cup runs with Crosby and Malkin, plus the rest of the supporting cast.(Hey, we can dream can’t we?)

  22. charastein - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I dont know why they dont try giving Chara a shot at wing. When he started playing up on the power play, the PP turned around and started working. He’s the biggest goalie screen ever to play the game plus he is hard to move. Imagine the forecheck?

    It’s “outside the box” kind of thinking but certainly worth trying in pre-season or something.

  23. slawler1323 - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Are you f**king retarded?

  24. charastein - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Nope. Far from it.

    Chara had the most power play points of any Bruin and most of those were collected while he played in front of the net.

    Your comment was offensive.

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