As the trade deadline approaches, the Boston Bruins are trying to find ways to deal pieces and get a big name to make them a real cup contender.
Just 4 days away from the deadline, the Bruins have now made two trades. The first was to get Nick Holden, who is a left shot defenseman for a third-round pick and Ryan O’Gara. Holden was a top-four defenseman for the Rangers and they got him for a pretty cheap price.
The second trade was made to the Florida Panthers and the Bruins gave up Frank Vatrano. What they got in return was third third round pick. This deal was a steal for Sweeney and the B’s as Vatrano was getting pushed down the forward depth chart as Debrusk and Heinen made a serious impact this year. Vatrano has been shown up on the main roster before. He is a pure sniper and scorer, but he is constantly getting penalized and plays the game sloppy. When he’s been up playing he’s gotten his minuets cut. Everybody has known that he wants out since he got pushed down the lines. He did make some contributions when he was playing his game but it has sort of fallen apart for him the past few years.
So he gets a second shot on a Florida team who needed to get younger and needed some potential players. They gave the B’s a third-round pick, which now goes in place of their missing third rounder from the Holden trade. So essentially, they gave up Vatrano and O’Gara for Holden which is a steal. They keep some good assets, which could be put to use in a veteran winger or another defenseman like McDonagh or Karlson. The pieces are all there, it’s just whether a price can be agreed on for these first pairing defenseman.
Sweeney has made two smaller deals, so now, let’s see if he can pull a big one off, if the price is right. I think he does need to address the need of a winger next to Krejci and Debrusk, because although Spooner has done well I think that line needs a sharpshooter and somebody who isn’t afraid to muck it up in the paint. That Panther pick could come up in a later trade. We just gotta keep our eyes on the B’s as the deadline closes in.