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By: Erin Walsh | Twitter: @ewalsh90
It was announced Tuesday that David Pastrnak will be out of the lineup for at least two-weeks with a thumb injury. Pastrnak fell at a sponsorship event on Sunday and needed to have surgery on his thumb.
With Pasta unexpectedly out of the lineup, will Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney be more aggressive at the trade deadline?
Sweeney said in a press conference on Tuesday that Pastrnak’s injury will not change how he will approach the trade deadline, but should it change his ways?
With the Bruins leading scorer out of the lineup, the B’s will need to rely on their secondary scoring even more — which they seem to lack as of late.
Secondary scoring has been a real issue in Boston and Sweeney has certainly been working the phones to see what scoring help he can add to his depleted lineup.
Names like Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle, New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello, and Ottawa Senators winger Ryan Dzingel have been linked to the Bruins.
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Bigger names that have been linked to the B’s include Senators’ Matt Duchene, Columbus Blue Jackets’ Artemi Panarin, Rangers’ Chris Kreider, and St. Louis Blues’ Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko.
The Bruins should be going after a bigger and better player now that Pasta is out for a while.
The time is NOW for Boston. Big name players don’t come around often and you need to snatch them up before someone else does. Many of these big name players are rentals that will cost the Bruins a first round pick, a few prospects, and possibly a roster player.
At this point, Boston’s first-round pick will be coming in at around No. 20 and could be as low as 31. Giving up another first round pick won’t hurt them too much as the pick is pretty low.
If the B’s give up Danton Heinen, Ryan Donato, Anders Bjork or even Trent Frederic it may be worth it to take a gamble on a rental.
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If Sweeney does end up making a trade, he will most likely have the intention of re-signing the player to a long-term deal.
To make a long story short, I think it’s worth it for the Bruins to now make a trade for a big name player. Duchene, Tarasenko, and Panarin could make a huge impact on this lineup.
If they don’t make a trade for a big name player, they should at least try to acquire a few players to address the needs they have. Right now, the B’s need a second line winger, third line center, and possibly a defenseman to even out the group.
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Boston’s biggest division rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs, added John Tavares during the offseason while another division rival, the Montreal Canadiens, have added Nate Thompson, Dale Weise, and Christian Folin this past week.
Both the Maple Leafs and Canadiens have addressed needs within their organization while the Bruins have done nothing.
It’s time for Boston to address it’s needs and find some scoring help.
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