The Tampa Bay Lightning have won 23 of their last 25 games and are nipping at the heels of the Bruins for top seed in the Atlantic, trailing by only 3 points. They also just got a lot better today, adding Blake Coleman from New Jersey. Coleman has 21-10-31 in 57 games this season for the last place Devils.
As we are 8 days out from the trade deadline, it’s put up or shut up time for Don Sweeney. While his team is currently on pace to win the President’s Trophy, secondary scoring is a glaring issue for the Bruins.
Trade targets for the Bruins have been highlighted as New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider, LA Kings center Tyler Toffoli, and even San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton.
In my opinion, Jumbo coming back is not only a stretch, but it doesn’t make sense. He has a full NTC and I don’t see him keeping up with the young guys.
Personally, I’ve been on the Tyler Toffoli train since his name was brought up. Speed, a nose for the net, an awesome name, and great hair. What’s not to like? With 15-16-31 this season, he’d be nice to see on the right of David Krejci.
Kreider is the big one. The Rangers are shopping him as they look to accelerate their already accelerated rebuild. He’d be a rental, as he is set to be a free agent this summer, but he’d provide a huge bump for the Bruins on their 2nd line.
So it’s time Don. Go get Toffoli. Or Kreider. Or…
Ya, I know what you’re thinking “hey Tim this isn’t NHL20 you can’t just go get everyone at the deadline” and to that I say fuck off. The Bruins are in a prime position to get back to the Cup Final. The core of Bergeron, Chara, Krejci, and Rask are getting older. Even Marchand is 31. This is the time to win. Go get the guys that are going to put you over the top. It’s time to be that team. It’s time to give up some picks and prospects for top tier talent at the deadline instead of an old Rick Nash, an older Jaromir Jagr, Tommy Wingels, Drew Stafford, Lee “Suitcase” Stempniak for fucks sake. Go get THE GUY and win a god damn championship.
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