Will the Boston Bruins make a trade for a forward?
NBC Sports: Joe Haggery reports the Boston Bruins are looking at a trade for a center given how in flux their third-line situation is with 34-year-old David Backes centering Anders Bjork and Ryan Donato.
The biggest name out there continues to be Columbus Blue Jackets sniper Artemi Panarin, who is off to a solid start with three goals and seven points in five games. Still, the biggest name also comes with the biggest price, which would undoubtedly include a top defenseman and a young forward in any package for a contending team such as Columbus.
Perhaps the Bruins could sell them on a trade offer built around Torey Krug and Danton Heinen, but more likely the Blue Jackets are going to ask for Jake DeBrusk as other teams around the NHL have since last season.
Chris Kreider is another possible target for the Bruins. That shouldn’t be a surprise given Sweeney’s penchant for trading with Ranger GM Jeff Gorton and Kreider’s status as a local guy that also played at Boston College. He fits the profile given his size (6-3, 216), speed and offensive game, though injuries and inconsistency have kept him from consistently living up to his potential.
Will the Pittsburgh Penguins trade for a defenceman?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has stated he will look for a defenceman within the organization after losing Justin Schultz.
Of course, Rutherford isn’t ruling out a trade — he’ll never do that — but it would be related to the Penguins’ overall team game, which has some warts at the moment.
“If our team doesn’t play as well as we’d like, then we have to consider other options,” Rutherford said. “At this point in time, we have guys who certainly deserve that opportunity