Bruins After The Deadline
With a few minor moves and one major move it looks like Sweeney may be done with his moves prior to the Monday trade deadline.
The consensus is that Sweeney got his man in Rick Nash, also we got a depth piece on defence in Nick Holden, we moved Vatrano for a pick, signed Gionta and waived Postma. Well look quickly at the “minor” moves and discern how on the surface it looks like the Bruins gave up a boatload for Nash.
Postma on waivers
As I write this I’m assuming Postma clears waivers and is assigned to Providence. In all likely hood trading him out wouldn’t have worked as he hasn’t played a NHL game in months. Maybe they would have gotten a late round pick but doubtful. This way he stays on the system and if something goes terribly wrong we can always recall him.
Signing Brian Gionta
This is a bit of a head scratcher to me but having a veteran depth center man I guess isn’t a bad thing. We’ll see if he even sees any ice time or is just around to provide depth security. I can’t see him bumping anyone currently lined up down the middle.
Frank Vatrano trade
Trading Vatrano for a 3rd round pick makes a ton of sense. It recoups the pick sent for Holden for a guy who had slid down the depth chart, still has some potential and as a local Boston area boy it was nice to see the team move him and give him a chance to play elsewhere.
Nick Holden trade
To be honest I don’t know a ton about Holden other than on the surface looks like he could be a good middle pairing dman to play with McAvoy or Carlo. They gave up O’Gara and a 3rd for him and that’s really not a bad price to pay for defensive depth leading up to the playoffs. O’Gara was struggling to crack the main roster and would likely have fallen behind the more mobile kids coming up through the system. I wonder if the Bruins look to keep Holden for a season or two on a short term short money deal after this season?
Sweeney gets his man in Rick Nash
Well on the surface it looks like the cost of Spooner, Lindgren, Belesky and a 1st round selection seems like a lot for 20 regular season games plus playoffs for Nash. But I’m not convinced it's an overpayment and here’s why; Belesky was a contract/cap move which is probably why we ended up giving up the first instead of a 2nd. Spooner may have been put into play in lieu of another prospect or damn being asked for by the Rangers. In reality Spooner was not likely going to get resigned in Boston this offseason as he’d be commanding a 3.5-4M dollar contract. While he’s worth the money Boston has some cheaper options and Spooner can’t seem to settle into a line or position. With all the guys in the pipeline at center and wing like JFK, Frederic, Ceharlik, Bjork, Senyshyn and Donato I don’t know that Spooner had a fit long term. The same can be said for Lindgren who did show some potential but I’m not sure he was ever going to pass Lauzon, Zboril, Vaakanainen, Grzelcyk on the depth chart to crack the roster. So really Boston gave up some peripheral pieces and a first to add a 200 ft power forward for what’s looking like could be a good playoff run. Again on the surface still seems like a lot but Sweeney’s always had an eye for the future as well as the present so only time will tell of this was a vast overpayment or something that offers some flexibility for next season.
Tommy Wingels Trade:
After putting up a gritty two point performance it seems as though the 5th round selection will pay dividends for the Bruins. I was unsure how he would fit with the Bruins but his piranha like playing style will fit well on the 4th line and will boost the depth of our team for the playoff run after losing Vatrano.
I'll be the first to admit I wasn't over the moon about the Nash trade, however I am extremely happy that Sweeney did not give up anything from the prospect pool for the likes of Patrick Marron or Evander Kane. Considering we are one game in to the Rick Nash era of the Bruins and he tallied his 800th career goal with his first game in a Boston uniform, I would say Sweeney is loving what he saw and hopes Nash's prowess will be the missing ingredient to a deep playoff run.
Thanks for reading,