Bruins Should Trade for Chris Kreider

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General Manager Don Sweeney has a few decisions to make as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches. The Bruins will be buyers at the deadline as they try and add another forward to the roster. 

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The Bruins, who currently own the most points in the National Hockey League, haven’t been as sharp and have seen their lead in the Atlantic slowly slip away.  The Lightning are bolting up in the standings and will be putting pressure on the Bruins. 

With the deadline approaching on February 24th the question remains, in what direction will Sweeney go as he looks to add another impact player to the roster?

The Bruins have roughly $3.12 million in cap space according to The Athletic.  The Bruins could gain more cap space if they are able to swing a trade and move forward David Backes, who has a $4.925 million cap hit.  The Bruins could look to acquire a late round draft pick and gain some additional space for another move. 

Shop for Boston Bruins hats at NHLShop.caThe Bruins have been linked to Rangers winger Chris Kreider for a while now.  Kreider, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, would be a perfect fit to the Bruins lineup. 

The Bruins need a power forward and Kreider fits that description.  The Massachusetts native could see coming to the Bruins in a trade as a homecoming.  In the short term, he’ll provide a boost to a Bruins lineup as someone who can put the puck in the back of the net and generate scoring opportunities not only for himself and others. 

Kreider would likely cost the Bruins a first round pick.  It wouldn’t be the first time Sweeney gave up a first rounder to the Rangers to acquire a goal scorer.  Back in 2018 the Bruins traded for forward Rick Nash.  Unfortunately injuries hampered Nash’s stint with the Bruins, but acquiring Nash was the right move by Sweeney. 

Kreider would purely be a rental in Boston.  He’ll likely command upwards of $7 million per season in free agency.  Rangers GM Jeff Gorton has decisions to make, but it’s clear he can’t let Kreider walk for nothing. 

If acquiring Kreider means parting with a first round pick and the likes of Jake DeBrusk, I’m out.  While the Rangers have long coveted DeBrusk, I am not ready to see the Bruins move on from the forward.  Mainly because of the three first round picks in a row from a couple of years back, he’s the only one to pan out.  On the flip side, Sweeney could sell high on DeBrusk and get Kreider, who could be the piece to put the Bruins over the top in the Eastern Conference.  A conference they hold a slim lead over. 

It’s highly unlikely Sweeney would give up DeBrusk, who’ll be a restricted free agent after the season for a few months of Kreider. 

Another option for the Rangers would be to trade Kreider to Boston for a first round pick and forward Anders Bjork.  The Bruins forward is 23, and like DeBrusk he’s also a restricted free agent but could be a reasonable trade piece if the Bruins added another draft pick along side the first round pick. 

The fact of the matter is this, Sweeney needs a top six forward to play alongside Krejci and give the Bruins three very formidable lines. 

For now, Kreider is a Ranger and Sweeney will surely be keeping close tabs on the Boxford, Mass native.  As Kreider was asked about playing for Boston, “until I’m not a Ranger, I’m a Ranger.”  Bruins fans would love to see a B on your sweater in the very near future, but at what cost?

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