With the NHL’s 2013 trade deadline only two sleeps away, things are really starting to pick up. New names are finding their way to the market, deals are reportedly happening as you read this and believe it or not we’re still all talking about Roberto Luongo. If you ask me this whole Christmas thing is totally overrated. Just try telling me that if your team is a contender this isn’t the most wonderful time of the year. Yeah, I’m talking to you especially Pittsburgh Penguins fans...
For every new name on the market, there is a new team working it’s way either in or out of the buyer and seller distinction. It’s like the old saying goes “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in...to playoff contention” or something like that. There are so many moving parts at work here, and it becomes all the more difficult to keep track of them in a shortened 48-game season that’s moving a mile a minute. Doesn’t mean I can’t try though - and don’t think I won’t enjoy every minute of it. You can get in on the action too, with my series of deadline previews.
This one will preview the meanest team in the league: the Boston Bruins. Those same beantown bullies should know a thing or two about how effective deadline pickups can be in winning a Stanley Cup. They did bring in Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley and Tomas Kaberle right before their cup run after all. Peverley and Kelly are still on their roster to boot.
Don’t be surprised if the Bruins are just as active this season too. Especially after being left at the altar by Jarome Iginla. If the Bruins are going to have any hopes of keeping pace with the Penguins, they’re going to have to do something. The Bruins are apparently in the market for scoring depth on the wing, and more size. All of which is in high-ish supply on the market. Now that Iginla’s off the board, here’s a look at some potential plan b options.
Eric Fehr: I’m not even jokingly going to call him a poor man’s Iginla. It’s insulting to all parties. That’s not to say he wouldn’t be a good addition with size and just a little bit of scoring punch in the bottom 6.
Ruslan Fedotenko: Speaking of great fits in the Bruins bottom 6, Fedotenko has to fit under that category. He always elevates his game in the postseason, and provides veteran leadership and Stanley Cup winning experience. Also kills penalties very effectively.
Ryane Clowe: Maybe Clowe is worthy of poor man’s Iginla status... So long as you don’t take into account his 0 goals this season. That being said, I think Clowe brings a lot more to the table then goal scoring. Clowe is a physical forward that generally played in a top 6 role with the Sharks, but will slide perfectly into Boston’s top 9. Also has that kind of mean streak that will make him a hit with the fan base, and locker room.
Ryan Whitney: As good as the Bruins are at keeping pucks out of their own net, they could use a little help putting it in their opponents. Especially on the power play. Enter, Ryan Whitney. Whitney’s never fit in under new coach Ralph Krueger’s system, and has been linked to the Bruins for quite some time now. Then again, if they remember how poorly Kaberle worked out they might be hesitant to make this move.
Jerred Smithson: When the Bruins won the cup in the 2011, it was due in large part to the fact that their roster was riddled with centers. 2 of those centers were picked up at the deadline. Maybe they bring in Smithson this time around. Plays well in his own end, and is great in the faceoff circle. Would be best suited on the fourth line.
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