Bruins NHL trade deadline roundup: Josh Anderson enters the rumor mill

Matt Kalman
February 06, 2020 - 12:40 pm

For months the name of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson has popped up on the wish list of Bruins fans on Twitter, but rarely had the 25-year-old’s name popped up from any NHL insiders until this week.

TSN’s Darren Dreger brought up the 6-foot-3, 222-pound right wing Tuesday, explaining that despite Anderson’s struggles this season there’s very little reason for Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen to move him.

But Dreger didn’t rule out Anderson as a possibility for teams like the Bruins shopping for a top-six wing, saying Kekalainen would have to consider it if one team “blew him out of the water.”

Then during a segment on NBCSN on Wednesday, Dreger’s TSN colleague Bob McKenzie included Anderson among a list of three forwards he thought would intrigue the Bruins in the runup to the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 24.

Also on that list were New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who was a major topic on this week’s The Skate Podcast, and Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli.

McKenzie said he expected Bruins GM Don Sweeney to be “very active” in the next two weeks. And although Sweeney, like most GMs, is shying away from rentals, McKenzie said the Bruins are “in on just about anything.”

It should be noted that Anderson hasn’t played since Dec. 14 because of a shoulder injury, and before he got hurt he had just one goal and three assists in 26 games this season after he had 47 points (27 goals, 20 assists) in 82 games last season. Anderson also can become a restricted free agent, meaning he could mess with the Bruins’ already dicey salary-cap situation with Jake DeBrusk and Matt Grzelcyk up after this season, Torey Krug headed toward unrestricted free agency, and Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo due extensions right around the corner.

*In his 31 Thoughts column at Sportsnet.ca this week, Elliotte Friedman had a few items that might be interesting to Bruins fans.

Friedman wrote this in relation to Krug:

“I think teams have checked to see if Boston would consider moving Torey Krug. Even with his future uncertain, he’s a big part of who they are and what they want to accomplish in June.”

Nice try other teams. This space could’ve saved you the time and told you Krug is mostly untouchable right now. Midseason is no time for the Bruins to try to rework their schemes without Krug, regardless of what they’d be getting in return.

*Friedman also mentioned that Toffoli remains available, although he wrote that before the Kings traded Kyle Clifford to Toronto. One has to wonder if their thinking about Toffoli might change. But they might be in total strip-down mode at this point.

*Josh Manson, 28, is a defenseman that could help the Bruins if available. But Friedman writes:

“Your wife does not love you as much as the Ducks love him,” one GM said.

*There was good news for the Bruins and other teams interested in Kreider: he returned to the Rangers’ lineup Wednesday and had one goal and one assist after missing one game with an upper-body injury.

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