Loui Eriksson

What does Monday's Maple Leafs-Sharks trade mean for Bruins with Loui Eriksson?

DJ Bean
February 22, 2016 - 5:21 am

It'€™s been tough to determine whether the Bruins should trade Loui Eriksson if they can'€™t sign him. While one would naturally think the inclination should be to get something for the asset, concern about potential lowered prices for rental players left some debate as to whether it would be worth it to punt on a playoff run for minimal return. The trade market will take shape leading up to next Monday'€™s trade deadline, which should help to answer those questions. After Sunday'€™s trade of Shawn Matthias to the Avalanche for a fourth-round pick and Colin Smith, a slightly bigger domino fell on Monday, when the Sharks traded two second-round picks and Raffi Torres to the Leafs for defenseman Roman Polak and center Nick Spaling. Now, the second-rounders aren'€™t in this year'€™s draft (they'€™re in 2017 and 2018), but Polak is best-served as a third-pairing defenseman and Spaling is a fourth-liner. Two second-rounders for those two is a pretty good haul, meaning the Bruins should be able to get a lot more than that if they were to move Eriksson. Not that they should ever be compared -- and Polak is the prize of the deal -- but just look at how much worse Spaling is than Eriksson, per OwnThePuck.com.

If Toronto got two seconds for Polak and Spaling, the Bruins should be able to get at least a first and a future second for Eriksson. Of course, the possibility still exists that the Bruins could use their own picks (they have San Jose'€™s first in addition to their own) to move Eriksson for a good NHL player. It all depends on what a trade of Eriksson would fetch, but the best-case scenario with the player might still be to sign him. At the very least, Monday'€™s trade between the Leafs and Sharks -- the latter of whom probably won'€™t see the pick they gave to Boston get too much worse as a result of this trade -- should quell concerns that the B'€™s wouldn'€™t get much if they were to move the versatile wing.