Linus Ullmark wearing a Boston Bruins jersey and making a save.
Linus Ullmark blocks a trade, complicating the Bruins' goalie situation. Stay updated on the latest rumors and implications.

News broke recently that Boston Bruins star goalie Linus Ullmark rejected a trade to an unknown team. ESPN’s Kevin Weekes reported that Ullmark’s decision was “based on geography”, leading to strong speculation that the intended destination was the Los Angeles Kings, or another Western Conference contender.

This bombshell throws a wrench into the Bruins’ carefully laid plans. Ullmark has been a revelation, forming a dominant tandem with Jeremy Swayman. However, his current contract carries a hefty $5 million cap hit, a number the Bruins may struggle to accommodate amidst other pressing needs.

Word on the street is that Ullmark’s 16-team no-trade list is heavily populated with Western Conference squads. This severely limits the Bruins’ options if they wish to move him and free up salary cap space.

The Bruins will likely re-engage trade talks in the offseason. But, with Ullmark’s trade protection, those talks could be complex especially with the 2024 NHL Entry Draft looming. Teams interested in acquiring the Swedish netminder might be wary of giving up significant assets for a potentially short-term rental.

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