Last Friday, CLNS Bruins insider Jimmy Murphy broke the news that the Boston Bruins have been in trade talks with the St. Louis Blues surrounding center Brayden Schenn.
In the latest Bruins Beat, Murphy brought in a Blues perspective to give their take and insight on the news. Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest joined the show to give his thoughts on the state of the Blues and the chances a trade gets done.
“I don’t get that Doug Armstrong or the owner are looking to rebuild,” said Strickland. “They had a lot of expectations coming into this season so if they’re going to make moves, they’ll want players back in return who can help this team right now. If you look at the Bruins, they have a lot of players both on the roster and prospects within the organization that they’d probably be willing to part with and move.
“They’ve got a wide cast of prospects that will allow them to be active if they choose to be.”
Murphy has previously opined that it would take two younger Bruins with upside and a second rounder to get Schenn. Strickland didn’t give a proposal, but he did predict the difficulty of prying Schenn away from St. Louis.
“If Doug Armstrong is going to move a veteran guy who’s had success in this league, he’s not just talking to one team,” said Strickland. “There’s a number of teams calling him on a daily basis right now because of where they’re at in the standings.”
Despite sitting in the basement of the Central division with 38 points, the Blues locker room is still optimistic towards the future of the team.
“There’s a number of other teams who sit well out of the playoff picture and, I say outside of the playoff picture but inside the Blues dressing room, I don’t think they believe they’re fully out of it and that may sound crazy to some but they’re seven points out,” said Strickland.
Strickland pointed to the Blues of the future as to why Schenn could see himself on the trading block.
“I look at the Blues roster moving forward,” said Strickland. “They’ve got Robert Thomas here who’s going to be a potential number one center. You have Ryan O’Reilly as well and so what the future hold for Brayden Schenn remains to be seen. He’s making north of $5 million right now. What will that next contract look like when you’ve got players already in place here and Tyler Bozak is here for two more years at $5 million per.
“Could Brayden Schenn be moved? I guess it’s possible.”
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