That’s right it’s that time of year again when we hear all these rumors about The Bruins being in on trades for high caliber players. Don’t get your hopes up for a top 6 forward because this rumor is about a left-shot defender from San Jose.
His name is Brenden Dillon and he is a 6-foot-4, 29-year-old defenceman on an expiring contract and could bring some size to the backend. The Sharks haven’t played up to their standard and are not in the playoff picture coming back from the All-Star break. Dillion has averaged 19 minutes on the ice this season and has 13 points through 52 games. He has one goal on the season so this isn’t a defenseman who is going to light the lamp frequently but he has only missed 12 games in his entire career. He is a tough customer to face and isn’t afraid to throw his body around but do the Bruins really need another defenceman in the system?
At a quick glance, one may think they don’t need him but with the injuries, that keep piling up it may not be a bad move. Kevan Miller hasn’t been able to get healthy for 10 months, John Moore hasn’t been playing the way he needs to and with Connor Clifton still out they have some holes to fill back there. Without Kevan Miller, the Bruins have been pushed around and bullied a little bit but Dillon brings a little roughness along in his game. He isn’t afraid to drop the gloves to pick up or defend the team as it’s been shown over his career. He leads the Sharks in hits and is miles above the Bruins in hit totals.
However, the big question remains, how much would he cost? According to Pierre Lebrun, the Sharks are looking for a trade partner and it won’t be too hard to find one. The Bruins and the Hurricanes are the two who have come up as the leaders and it could cost them a second-round pick and a prospect. Sweeney has been active around the trade deadline since he has become the GM and that is noted by adding John-Michael Liles, Nick Holden, Rick Nash, Marcus Johansson, and Charlie Coyle. When trading for Holden and Liles, he was able to keep his second-round picks and wiggle his way around giving up too much.
I expect things to pick up pretty quickly with the trade deadline on February 24th and we could see the B’s make multiple moves again this year.
Other notes: The Bruins and Don Sweeney released a statement about David Backes and it said that he will not play in Providence but he is fit and able to play. They “in order to preserve all potential options for both David and the Bruins moving forward, we have decided this is the best course of action.”
So, it looks like David Backes may be on the move at the deadline.
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