Bruins Acquire Coyle, Who’s Next?


The NHL Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching and the Bruins have a glaring need for offense.  The Bruins struck with a trade acquiring center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild for Ryan Donato and a 5th round pick.  Coyle comes to Boston with 29 points.  He can play anywhere from the top line to 3rd line center, which on this roster is the ideal spot.  His versatility allows coach Bruce Cassidy to utilize Coyle at right winger based off match ups or injuries.  The biggest key to this trade for the Bruins (besides the player) - Coyle is signed for next year as well.  The Bruins have set the bar trading Donato, now who’s next?

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Will the Bruins mortgage the future at the Trade Deadline?

Despise losing David Pasternak, the Bruins are on a roll winning six straight.  All that being said, and despite the trade for Coyle, the Bruins still need help, and here are some options for Sweeney and the Bruins:

Artemi Panarin

I absolutely love the thought of the Boston Bruins acquiring Artemi Panarin.  Having said that, I am a firm no on winger Artemi Panarin... for now.  The Columbus Blue Jackets star winger is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at seasons end. 

Without a doubt, the left winger is one of the best players available for the February 25th NHL Trade Deadline.  Through 56 games this season he has 67 points (24 goals and 43 assists). 

The 27 year old Panarin would instantly make the Boston Bruins a Stanley Cup contender in the Eastern Conference.  The Bruins would have to give up legitimate assets to acquire Panarin.  Trading for Panarin is like having a one night stand, and I think Sweeney is willing to take that walk of shame to make that deal happen. 

For me, the risk is far too high that he will walk on July 1st.  The rebuilding Blue Jackets will require a king's ransom for the star winger.  The Bruins have the pieces to make the move, but Don Sweeney should look to wait this summer to acquire the winger. 

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Wayne Simmonds

Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds is arguably the best fit for the Bruins at the deadline. The physical 30 year old has been linked to the Bruins in the past.  His physical style of hockey would resonate with the fans at the TD Garden.  Like Panarin, Simmonds will become an unrestricted free agent at seasons end. 

Through 59 games, Simmonds has 27 total points, 16 goals and 11 assists.  The cost for Simmonds wouldn’t be high, and the team could justify not bringing him back for next season. 

The Bruins need top six depth right now while David Pasternak is out recovering from thumb surgery.  Someone needs to come in for the B’s and fill the void that Pasternak left.  Pasta has 66 points this season, which is second on the team. 

Simmonds could provide depth on the 2nd line for the B’s.  Once Pasternak is back from his injury, Simmonds would slot in well on the Bruins 3rd line. 

Mark Stone

Mark Stone: Stud.  The Ottawa Senators forward will, like Panarin and Simmonds, be eligible for free agency at the end of the season.  The 26 year old is having a career year for the Sens with 61 total points, (28 goals and 33 assists). 

Stone, 26, would make Boston legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference.  Similar to Panarin, he will get a huge payday once he hits the open market.  Unless the B’s could lock him up quick, he would be an expensive rental. 

The Bruins are hot in their last ten games.  But the fact of the matter is simple, the Tampa Lightning are a wagon.  Tampa Bay has the Eastern Conference on lockdown.  The Bruins would be foolish to trade prime pieces for a rental. 

Last year at the deadline, the Bruins and Rangers completed a blockbuster deal that sent Rick Nash to the Bruins.  Will Sweeney strike with a fury two straight years?  That remains to be seen. 

The Bruins need to trade for a player.  If they are going to trade an asset, I would rather they acquire a player that would fit for the future.  They already have done this with Charlie Coyle.  The risk is too extreme to roll the dice and gamble Panarin and Stone to think they would want to stay beyond this season.  But if Sweeney is to make a move, Wayne Simmonds is my choice.  Your move again Sweeney. 

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Bruins Acquire Coyle, Who’s Next?
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