The Boston Bruins currently sit fourth in the Atlantic Division behind the Toronto Maple Leafs with 68 points. They also own the top wild card spot in the East, with the Washington Capitals only three points behind. With the trade deadline only weeks away, here are the four best trade options linked to the Boston Bruins.
1) J.T. Miller from the Vancouver Canucks:
After David Krejci left, Boston was seen with a hole at their second-line center position. Charlie Coyle, Jack Studnicka, and Eric Haula have proven ineffective in handling a second-line center role. My first pick is just the opposite of ineffective: J.T. Miller of the Vancouver Canucks.
Miller, 28, is signed through 2023 with a $5,250,00 cap hit. He would be a perfect fit in Boston due to his speed and natural scoring ability. In 53 games this season, Miller has scored 20 goals and tallied 40 assists. The asking price for Miller is reportedly a first-round pick, plus a highly-touted prospect. While Boston is lacking in the prospect pool, they do have their 2022 and 2023 first-rounders available. If I were Boston, this is my offer: 2023 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick, Jake DeBrusk, and either Jack Studnicka or Oscar Steen.
2) Claude Giroux from the Philadelphia Flyers:
Giroux is in the final year of his deal that carries a $8,275,000 AAV, which includes a no-move clause, so Giroux would be a rental for Boston. The 34-year-old Philadelphia Flyers captain has 39 points this season. He would provide leadership, experience and would fit well into Boston’s physical style of play.
Giroux would anchor a second line of All-Stars Taylor Hall and David Pastrnak. He would also captain the second powerplay unit. Boston would need Philadelphia to retain 50% of Giroux’s contract, the maximum allowed, but like J.T. Miller, Jake DeBrusk would need to be involved due to salary cap constraints. The Flyers front office has made it clear that wherever Giroux will go, is entirely up to him.
3) Tomas Hertl from the San Jose Sharks:
Tomas Hertl, 28, is a player well within his prime. He is 6’3, 215 pounds and a gifted scorer. Hertl has recorded 42 points this season, 20 of them being assists. The physical center would thrive under the grinding style of play that Boston preachers. His 22 goals would bring the Bruins tremendous depth and take loads of pressure off the backs of Bergeron and Marchand.
Any trade to acquire Tomas Hertl would have Boston paying a hefty price. The Bruins only have $3,357,753 in available cap space, which gives them little room to work considering he carries a $5,625,000 cap hit. They have two years left of a prime Patrice Bergeron before the rebuild begins so if I were Boston, I would risk an overpayment. Here is my offer for Tomas Hertl: Jake DeBrusk, Tomas Nosek, Jack Studnicka, and a first-round pick.
4) Jakob Chychrun from the Arizona Coyotes:
My final trade target for the Bruins is a defender they have been linked to for the prior two seasons: Jakob Chychrun. Chychrun is 23-years-old, and carries a cap hit of $4,600,000 for the next four seasons. He is a left-handed shot that would significantly bolster Boston’s lackluster d-corps. But, there are two problems with Chychrun. First, he has not played more than 68 games in a season due to countless injuries, and second, his “Jack Eichel like asking price.”
The Coyotes reportedly want a quality NHL player, a top prospect, a first-round pick, and another quality pick. The Bruins have a first-round pick to spare, but they would undoubtedly have to part ways with Fabian Lysell (their 21st overall pick in 2021), and their future franchise goalie, Jeremy Swayman. I do not see Boston landing Chychrun. No matter how good he may be, that is too much capital for the Bruins to give up, as it is their whole future.
With an aging core roster containing multiple no-move clauses and modified no-movement clauses, I hardly see them being able to come away with much, if anything at all.