After a surprise 112-point season, the Boston Bruins enter 2018-2019 as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. But after being bounced in the second round of the playoffs this season the Bruins may need to make a move to take the next step.
NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty is one of many who believe the B’s will make a move either at the NHL Draft this week or when NHL free agency begins on July 1.
“I do think they’re going to do something,” Haggerty told Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins Beat Podcast on CLNS Media. “They’re close and they’re going to feel they’re a legit Stanley Cup contender next season but they did recognize that there are some areas they need to improve. In some areas, they can’t replace with younger players.”
The biggest name that the Bruins have been linked to this offseason is Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin who the Canes have made available. But Haggerty says Hanifin won’t come cheap.
“If they want a guy like Hanifin in Carolina, they’re certainly going to have to give up some blue-chip assets to make that happen,” said Haggerty. “The good thing with them is they have a lot of good, young wingers and maybe not every single one of them will be able to play somewhere next season.”
The Bruins are loaded with young NHL Caliber forwards and some believe that one or a combination of Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Anders Bjork, or Ryan Donato would have to be traded for the Bruins to acquire an elite player this offseason.
“Part of having all these great assets for the Bruins is that not every single one will be on your team,” Haggerty said. “I wouldn’t give up Jake DeBrusk. I think given what he’s shown this past year, I don’t think you give up that guy even though he might not have the most high-end ceiling talent of those four wingers. I wouldn’t trade DeBrusk and Donato.”