The Trade Deadline. A time for teams to make small or blockbuster trades to either try to make a push for the postseason or make a trade that would classify them as a “rebuilder”.
As many already know, the Boston Bruins are on the fence when it comes to the postseason topic. As of February 15th, at 11:06 am CST, the black and gold have the third place seed in the tight Atlantic division. They sit a mere one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs and is tied, (but four games behind), the Ottawa Senators for second in the division. With a record of 29-23-6 and 64 points so far, it will probably remain close until the final few games. Seems like deja vu from the previous two seasons.
In the player’s mindset, this week break is needed. A busy schedule thus far has really taken the toll on some of the players, especially goaltender Tuukka Rask. The problem is, is that the break is coming at a time where points are so, so valuable and a time where the Bruins are really finding their groove with Interim Head Coach, Bruce Cassidy.
When does Boston hit the ice for a game next? Sunday the 19th is when. Against the San Jose Sharks for the second time for Cassidy as the bench boss. In that time span, Toronto has two games and one on Sunday as well. Their first game takes place tonight as they battle the Blue Jackets in Game Two of back-to-back games. However, the Leafs are rolling after a 7-1 victory over the New York Islanders. The Leafs then play the Senators in an oh-so-important game for the Atlantic division this Saturday.
Speaking of Ottawa, they also have two contest in Boston’s break. Against the Devils on Thursday and the Leafs on Saturday. Like Toronto, they also join Boston and play on Sunday. The B’s need to hope that both Ontario squads lose all their games and need to probably hope for an Ottawa win on Saturday.
Now that you have an idea on Boston’s current situation, what should the B’s do when the phones start ringing on March 1st?
My answer to that is absolutely nothing. The Boston Bruins are this close to the playoffs because they have a good enough team to contend for the postseason, not the Stanley Cup, but the playoffs nonetheless. Also, the team has their chemistry in place. A trade would most likely take a place of a rookie and mess up some line combinations that were succeeding.
Another very important reason is that the trade would most likely be for a veteran, a veteran who is at the last few ends of his career. Along with that, we would probably trade away a prospect and/or some picks in the future years. I don’t know if you have noticed yet, but the National Hockey League is being ruled by the young players. Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid, Mitch Marner, Patrik Laine, and the list goes on and on. Speed and finesse are too dominant in today’s game, while fighting and toughness are slowing being eradicated.
If the trade isn’t for a veteran, it would be a blockbuster. One that would involve too many valuable assets leaving the Bruins, for a possible failure. Discussions about trading Brandon Carlo don’t make too much sense considering the fall of legend Zdeno Chara. Why would we trade away a promising, young defender that could very well become the next main top-2 d-man? But, that is still a little while into the future, so we shouldn’t get too ahead with that.
In the comments section, please let me know what we should do at the Trade Deadline. Should we try to snag up a rental player for some picks in hopes to make the playoffs? Or should we just roll with what we have right now and maybe make the postseason that way? Let me know!