By: Dan Anderson | Follow Me On Twitter @DanAnderson5970
One of the noticeable trends in the NHL over the past decade or so is the amount of ex-Boston Bruin players and or management hired into management positions for other teams. The Minnesota Wild are not an exception to this trend, having hired Bill Guerin to be their general manager in August of 2019. Bill was born in Worcester, MA, grew up in Wilbraham, MA, and played at Boston College before turning professional. He spent most of two seasons (2000-2001, 2001-2002) playing right-wing in Boston. Might he be “friendly” to making a trade with Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins?
It’s clear from recent moves, including refusing to sign Mikko Koivu, the franchise leader in games, assists, and points, plus the only full-time captain the Wild have ever had, that the Wild are going full rebuild mode. Minnesota also traded productive 35-year-old center, Eric Staal, to Buffalo for Marcus Johansson, who is six years younger. I would consider a team in rebuild mode a trade target for the Boston Bruins, who are looking to put together a team to win the Stanley Cup now rather than later.
While having Guerin in Minnesota might be helpful down the road, I don’t see a good fit for trades right now. Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, and perhaps Mats Zuccarello or Marcus Johansson might seem attractive. Between salary cap hits, no-movement clauses, and in Johansson’s case, having just arrived and destined to play center; these are not viable trade options for the Bruins. Zach Parise is a 36 year old left-wing with a no-movement clause and contract that pays $7.5M through 2024-2025. Ryan Suter’s deal is the same as Parise’s, except he’s 35-years-old and a left defenseman. Zuccarello would be another small forward who could play either wing but is 33-years-old with four years remaining at $6 million per season with a no-movement clause.
How about other players the Bruins might be interested in acquiring? Kevin Fiala, Jordan Greenway, formerly of Boston University, and perhaps Alex Galchenyuk could be options. Galchenyuk, if the Bruins want to take a chance on him, is a UFA come October 9th. Alex has had two seasons of twenty plus goals, but if he signs with Boston, he would be on his fifth team in nine seasons. He’s also not likely to crack the top two lines, so he would likely be hindering Anders Bjork’s development. Galchenyuk arrived in Minnesota via a trade with Pittsburgh on February 11, 2020, along with defensive prospect Calen Addison and a first-round draft pick for Jason Zucker.
It would appear Guerin is not interested in retaining Galchenyuk. Fiala and Greenway are 24 and 23-years-old, respectively, and the kind of players Guerin is likely to want to build a team around, not try to move. Greenway is a potential power forward type at left-wing. He’s 6’6 and 225-pounds, while Fiala is a former first-round pick who could be a perennial twenty goal scorer. There is no puck-moving left defenseman or clear upgrade upfront that the Bruins could use currently on Minnesota’s roster. I don’t see a trade occurring between these teams this offseason.