At his end of the year press conference, Cam Neely was direct about what his front office would do on defense.
“Would it be nice to have a little bigger on the left side other than [Zdeno Chara]?” asked Neely. “Yes. So, that’s something, I think, Don was going to try and work on this offseason.”
Krug and Grzelcyk both played extremely well this season; Grzelcyk was a nice surprise on the back-end and Krug was an offensive machine. It’s alright to have one under-sized defenseman, but two is bordering on a pipe dream for the long term.
Recently, the Carolina Hurricanes came out and stated that everyone on their roster was available except for Sebastion Aho.
Let me put that in simpler terms for the Boston Bruins and their fans: yes, Noah Hanifin is available.
In the latest Bruins Beat, host Jimmy Murphy was joined by Mike Grinnell of Spittin’ Chiclets and Barstool Sports. One of the most interesting topics touched on was whether or not the Bruins should and would go for Hanifin.
“Hanifin’s a great kid,” exclaimed Grinnell. “He’d be a great edition in Boston because he’s exactly what they need right now.”
The topic of the Bruins needing a top, left-shot defenseman comes from many critics saying that Chara is too old and Krug is too small and not good enough in the defensive end.
Grinnell felt much differently about Chara.
“Chara is the least of my worries,” he said. “If he can give us 80% of what he gave us last year, I’m alright with that after last season. In the future, they will have to fill that spot with guys like Urho Vaakanainen (18th overall pick in 2017 NHL Entry Draft), Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Grzelcyk, Jakub Zboril, and even Jeremy Lauzon.
“How Boston has failed in the past looking outside the organization and how much success they’ve had staying within, I wouldn’t be shocked if they rode this wave of kids.”
When Murph brought up the idea of Hanifin coming to Boston, his opinion on the subject was as obvious as you can make it.
“If I’m Don Sweeney, I’m putting a full-court press on him.”
Hanifin would be an immediate upgrade on the defensive end for the B’s. For one, he’s 6’3″ and 206 pounds. To go along with that, he had 10 goals with 22 assists last season. Plus, Hanifin was born and raised in Norwood, Massachusetts.
All of those are ingredients for a great fit in Boston for the young defenseman. But it’s not us making the trade.
Sweeney has to pull the trigger.