With the trade deadline approaching it is that time of year that we hear the big name trade targets and all the rumors along with them.
This year the big names are Kyle Palmieri, Tyler Toffoli and Chris Kreider all who could be a decent fit within the Bruins system but what’s the cost?
To start, Chris Kreider is probably the most consistent talent here but with the Rangers trying to still be competitive and still questioning if Kreider is in their future, one would think the price tag would be pretty hefty. The Bruins do have some connection with the Rangers from getting Rick Nash two years ago but are the Bruins prepared to give up the picks and prospects needed to make the deal happen? Kreider is a talented scoring RW but is he really worth the cost to possibly make a run at a cup?
The second is Kyle Palmieri and he is having a good season on a struggling New Jersey team. In 44 games Palmieri had 16 goals and 15 assists, totaling 31 points all season but he did just pick up an injury in his last game. It has been pinned as a lower body injury that he picked up in the game against the Capitals and was serious enough for him to miss Sunday’s game against the Lightning. This would be something to look for and steer the Bruins away as they don’t need another Rick Nash situation.
Palmieri would be a solid option for the Bruins as he would still be signed through the 2021 season but with a 4.65 million dollar salary the Bruins would have to see some salary out the door as well. The Bruins would have to see talent like Anders Bjork and another prospect out the door, along with some picks.
Lastly but certainly not least is Tyler Toffoli of the Los Angles Kings. Toffoli’s name has been one to be named for a couple years now around the trade deadline. The Kings are in rebuild mode after a failed attempt to bring life to the organization through the signing of Kovalchuk and is probably looking to unload Toffoli for some picks or a prospect. Toffoli is in his last year of his contract worth 4.6 million dollar cap hit so the Bruins would have to maneuver a little money around to fit but Elliotte Friedman said “I do think Boston could do a deal for Toffoli at anytime, they know they’ve got that in their hip pocket.”
So, what would Toffoli bring to the table for the Bruins? He has 12 goals and 15 assists on a terrible Kings team and is one of their best players. His production would hopefully increase a little bit being on a good team like the Bruins but since 2015 his production has steadily decreased. The warning signs are there for the Bruins on Toffoli but if the asking price is right, why not take a chance like they did on Marcus Johansson last season. If he didn’t fit in on the second line maybe his big body could be used with Coyle and Heinen on the third line instead of having Ritchie or Backes in the lineup.
The question for the Bruins moving forward is with Anders Bjork and other young wingers. The Bruins have clearly liked what they’ve gotten out of Bjork on the second line and it has seemed to help Debrusk find his scoring touch too. The Bruins have also been intrigued of the idea of bring Kuhlman or Studnicka up for some time to see if either of them can find their game on the second line wing.
The Bruins have options to try out on their wings and it’s within the next 4-6 weeks when they’ll decide if they need to make a move to try and hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup.
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