Will Peter Chiarelli Make a Big Trade?

Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins have struggled a bit lately, sparking trade rumors for the defending Stanley Cup champions. (Photo courtesy of Flickr - Credit: Dan 4th)

The Boston Bruins have been struggling since mid-January, going 9-10-1 over that stretch and suffering four shutouts in their last nine games. On top of that, the Bruins are without Nathan Horton indefinitely (concussion) and Rich Peverley (4 to 6 weeks, knee injury) and have seen a sharp drop in production from David Krejci, Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic over the past month or so.

With the trade deadline looming, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli can do one of three things:

  • Make a minor deal or two that brings in a couple pieces (defenseman, top-9 winger)
  • Do nothing and hope everyone gets healthy and this team starts playing to its potential
  • Make a major deal to bring in a top-end player

Let’s look at the possibilities of each, starting with the most probable – making a minor deal or two. Who might be on Chiarelli’s radar?

Michael Ryder, RW, Dallas: The Bruins have struggled offensively, partly because their depth has been challenged with injuries. Ryder is a known quantity who played great in last year’s playoff run and has 22 goals with Dallas this season. He understands the system, Claude Julien trusts him, and he can play any number of roles. The likelihood of this happening is slim, but would be an interesting deal.

Ales Hemsky, RW, Edmonton: He would be a nice replacement for Peverley until he

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Could Ales Hemsky be on Peter Chiarelli's shopping list? (Bridget Samuels/Flickr)

returns, and would likely be an upgrade over Benoit Pouliot once Peverley does get back in March.

Teemu Selanne, Anaheim: He is unlikely to move, but at 41, he can still put the puck in the net and has never won a Stanley Cup, so he might be willing to go. Anaheim would likely want Ryan Spooner and/or Jared Knight in return, though.

Lubomir Visnovsky, D, Anaheim: A solid offensive defenseman (yes he is a “puck-moving defenseman”) who can also play some defense. Had 68 points last year, but has struggled some this year. Maybe Joe Corvo and a prospect gets him.

Marek Zidlicky, D, Minnesota: Solid blueliner who hates playing for Mike Yeo, but his production has slipped and he still has another year at $4 million left.

Johnny Oduya, D, Winnipeg: A solid defenseman who would likely be just a rental as he is an unrestricted free agent at year’s end. Also likely to take the least to get out of this list.

Do nothing and hope everyone gets healthy and this team starts playing to its potential

Nathan Horton's concussion has poked some holes in Boston's season.

Obviously the Bruins have the talent to win the Cup, as most of this year’s roster is back for a second run. A slump in February isn’t a huge deal, but this slump has gone on for about a quarter of the season, and that has to be concerning. Chiarelli loves the make-up of this team, as evidenced by the fact he has resigned a majority of the players and offered deals to several others.

I think this is the most likely scenario, unless it is proven the Horton and/or Peverley will be out longer than thought – or someone else goes down. I think he’d love to find a taker for Corvo, but he’s want someone in return (Visnovsky maybe?).

Make a major deal to bring in a top-end player

This is terribly unlikely, as it would mean two things: one, messing with the chemistry of a team that has proven it can win when it matters, and two, giving up players you do not want to give up (Tuukka Rask, Doug Hamilton, Ryan Spooner, Tyler Seguin, Jared Knight would all be on any trading partner’s list for a big-impact player). David Krejci, who may or may not be someone the Bruins are willing to move, could be a possibility as well.

That being said, maybe this team needs the shake-up a major deal would provide.

Rick Nash, RW, Columbus: A top-flight scorer, he would help the Bruins’ scoring woes and would ease the sting of Horton’s injury, but getting Nash would require giving up Rask

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Could Boston get Patrick Kane in exchange for Tuukka Rask? It's worth exploring. (Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

(even worse, Rask could end up in Philadelphia as part of a three-way deal) as well as the willingness to pay Nash $7.8 million. I doubt Chiarelli is willing to do that.

Patrick Kane, RW/C, Chicago: With Chicago struggling almost exclusively because of poor goaltending, Kane’s name has been thrown out in trade rumors for Buffalo’s Ryan Miller. If Boston was willing to dangle Rask and maybe a prospect, they could probably land the dynamic Kane. I would personally rather have Kane than Nash, even though Nash is a better scorer, because Kane does many things well and would fit in Boston’s system much better.

 

Steve Kendall

Steve Kendall

Steve has been a writer for 20 years, and has covered the NHL, NCAA, and amateur hockey for the likes of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Boston Herald, and New England Hockey Journal. Follow me on twitter @stevekendallthw

9 Comments

  1. Eyeh8timbrlake says:

    I just heard about a Seguin and Marchand for Ovechkin deal in the works Amazing Chiarelli if he puts this in the bag.

  2. Rask and Seguin should both be absolutely untouchable.  With Thomas’s age, you just don’t move Rask (and he honestly has been playing just as well if not better than Thomas anyway)  You just don’t move a young goalie as good as Rask.  Also Seguin is in his second season and is a superb talent… who exactly do you move him for?  I mean unless you are getting  a relatively young marquis player, you just don’t move him.  As far as the other prospects on the list, I really wouldn’t mind seeing them let Dougie Hamilton, Knight, and Spooner go for a top tier offensive player.  With Horton out indefinitely and Peverley out for > a month, and not having  a top flight scorer anyway, I would really love to see  them bring in well… a top flight scorer.

  3. Eyeh8timbrlake says:

    dam trade Tuukka.  Good goalie.  Just good, not gr8.  Def worth getting a former number 1 pick and a dam good american to boot. So much untapped potential with Kane a slick puck mover like Krejci but better although he has to shoot more  like Krejci as well.  Plus we do not need Rask.  He’s never going to be as good as Thomas and yes, is younger,  but Timmy is not slowing down.  How long do you think any goalie in the history has a run like Timmy at his late 30′s or at any age?  My point is his age is not a factor when his performance is plain stellar.  It’s not as if Timmy is going to stop being competitive and turn into Dwayne Roloson overnight.  If you get 3 plus more years of something close to this and your team should be in the Conf finals in 2 out of 3.  What more can you ask?  Even Patrick Roy retired.  I know everyone wanted Ken Dryden to stay 28 forever but there are these things called draft picks that you get every season and maybe just maybe you get another stud but right now you have one so don’t eff it up and trade the wrong guy.

  4. Anyone who says Selanne has never won a cup and when it was this recent since he won is an idiot. 

  5. boston are never big deal teams charelli has a tight ass for big deals so get ready to be disappointed bruins fans and get ready for a sweep in first round to 

  6. Selanne won the Cup with Anaheim in 2007.

  7. kane for rask i would do it in a heartbeat

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