The Bruins have reportedly considered trading for Chris Stewart. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Chris Stewart thinks he could be a 'good fit' with Bruins

DJ Bean
December 21, 2014 - 6:06 pm
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Chris Stewart is a big, strong right wing on a bad team and he will probably get traded. The Bruins have reportedly discussed him with the Sabres. In fact, it'€™s been reported so many times (first by ESPN'€™s Pierre LeBrun), that Stewart is well aware of his link to the Bruins. "I'€™d be lying if I [said I] haven'€™t heard it. You see it on Twitter every day," Stewart told WEEI.com after Sunday'€™s game. "People [message] you and stuff like that, but that'€™s stuff that'€™s out of my control. I'€™m just going to take it game-by-game here and worry about playing well for the Sabres." Playing well for the Sabres until he gets traded. The Sabres are in all likelihood more interested in having Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel on their roster next year than having Stewart, who is in the last year of his contract. Selling off parts helps to achieve that, and, with Stewart not possessing any no-trade rights, it'€™s a safe bet that Stewart, part of last year'€™s Ryan Miller trade with the Blues, will be moved again. There are two issues preventing him from becoming a Bruin, however. For one, he has a $4.15 million cap hit that would require the cap-space-strapped B'€™s to move salary in order to fit him on the roster. The other issue might be the biggest one: Stewart might not be worth it. Now 27, the former first-round pick has struggled for most of the season and was even made a healthy scratch earlier in the month. He played well against the Bruins Sunday in assisting an Andrej Meszaros goal, but that helper made for just his seventh point of the season (three goals, four assists). So, is Stewart an unmotivated player in a bad situation or is he no longer the guy who scored 28 goals back in the 2009-10 season with the Avalanche? LeBrun wrote back on Dec. 10 that the Bruins weren'€™t offering much for Stewart because of those questions. "I think when I am firing on all cylinders, I'€™m definitely a difference-maker on the team," Stewart said. "I think that'€™s what I'€™ve got to bring every night. I hold myself to high expectations and I want to contribute." An acquisition of Stewart might be underwhelming for Bruins fans hoping that if the B'€™s shed cap space from their roster, they do it for more of a sure thing. Boston has prospects on defense, goalie Malcolm Subban and former high picks on forward who are collecting dust in Providence. They also have their first-round pick and two second-rounders in each of the next two seasons, so if they can make room, they have the pieces to get an impact player if one were to become available. Still, Stewart'€™s build and style of play when he'€™s going might be familiar to the Bruins. The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder is pretty much the exact same size as former B'€™s right wing Nathan Horton. He'€™s also a right-shot right wing, which the Bruins don'€™t have outside of Craig Cunningham (up and down between Boston and Providence this season), Seth Griffith (scratched Sunday) and David Pastrnak (currently playing in World Juniors). Given his size and preferred style of play, Stewart said he feels the Bruins would suit his style of play well. "I like to consider myself a hard-nosed player who can stick up for his teammates," Stewart said. "If I do get open, I can put the puck in the net. So yeah, I think that could be a good fit."

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