Is 26-year-old Ottawa Senators Ryan Dzingel now a prime target for the Boston Bruins before the NHL Trade Deadline next Monday? Reports on Monday, including on the most recent Bruins Beat, seemed to indicate just that.
The Bruins have been scouting the Ottawa Senators heavily over the last week, with Assistant GM John Ferguson in attendance at a recent game as well. It’s no secret, that like many Stanley Cup contenders – and yes, many around the NHL consider the B’s a contender – Boston General Manager Don Sweeney would love to land Senators power forward Mark Stone to fill that top 6 winger void he’s been trying to fill since the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and into free agency. However, as of Monday, the likelihood of that happening seemed to be dwindling thanks to an exorbitant asking price for the Sens 26-year-old winger who as of Monday had lit the lamp 27 times this season and at least 20 times in each of the last four seasons prior.
“He wants a top 6 winger, somebody that they can bring into the fold,” David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period said of Sweeney to me during Monday’s recording of the latest Bruins Beat. “I think the price tag for Mark Stone is going to be a little bit high for the Boston Bruins.
I think a guy, and I know they’ve had some pretty significant discussions on with Ottawa, with respect to Ryan Dzingel. So I that’s one of the guys that if I’m going to guess, if the Boston Bruins are going to acquire one of these guys (Stone, Dzingel or Senators center Matt Duchene), and I had to guess which one it might end up being, I would wager that Ryan Dzingel is probably the guy.”
Pagnotta cited the asking price for Stone, widely believed to be a 1st round pick, a top prospect already on close to being on the NHL roster, and another top-level prospect, as the reason Sweeney may lean towards Dzingel, who he thinks could be had for a second round pick, but said a 1st round pick minus the rest of the Stone price, would seal the deal for another potential rental like Dzingel.
Earlier in the day, TSN Insider Darren Dreger also told TSN 1050 in Toronto that he too could see the Bruins being very much in on Dzingel.
“They’re watching the Ottawa Senators,” Dreger told the morning show there. “And if someone like Ryan Dzingel popped into the market, I think Boston would be all over that.”
Dreger however, seemed to be more confident that Stone or some of the other more expensive rentals were still being considered by Sweeney and his staff.
“They’ve got two or three very similar young forwards, like [Danton] Heinen, [Anders] Bjork; there’s three or four of them that they could part with,” he said. “These are good players, I mean, players that you’d want to hold on to in a perfect world, but the Bruins are in it to win it. They feel like they’re designed to contend for the Stanley Cup with right now.”
As mentioned above, Dzingel is also a 26-year-old unrestricted free agent to be like Stone, and is in the midst of his second 20-goal season with 22 lamplighters in 56 games after scoring 23 in 79 games last season. Unlike Stone -who carried a $7.3 million cap hit this season on a one-year deal -though, Dzingel won’t be commanding a mega-deal on the open market come July and the feel is he could be more affordable and easier to go from a rental to a signing, should he become a fit with an acquiring team. However, because of that, as Pagnotta pointed out, there will be no shortage of dance partners for any potential trade involving the rising star winger who was drafted by the Sens, out of Ohio State, in the 7th rd (204th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
“Obviously there are other teams who would love to pick this guy up,” Pagnotta said. “The Washington Capitals have had talks; there’s others that are interested in Dzingel as well, but I think that with everything that’s out there, with the talks that are ongoing with other teams, I could certainly see Ryan Dzingel as a guy that would fit nicely for the Bruins and somebody that I think Boston might have a pretty solid shot at acquiring if everything kind of rolls out in their favor.”
Sources told CLNSMedia.com Sunday, the Bruins did poke around on Duchene as well, but the asking price for a guy that would be their third line center, is, like Stone, just too high.