NHL trade deadline: Joe Thornton not going to Bruins or anywhere

Matt Kalman
February 24, 2020 - 11:41 am

The NHL trade deadline is at 3 p.m. Monday.

Here’s a quick look at deal that might affect the Bruins:

3:07 p.m.: Sometimes trades leak out after the trade deadline, but one deal that's not going to come out is one involving Joe Thornton. Pierre Lebrun of TSN says the Sharks center is staying in San Jose.

2:33 p.m.: Earlier today it sounded like Dallas was hot on the trail of Joe Thornton. Now John Shannon says that's not going to happen.

What about Thornton to the Bruins? Joe McDonald of The Athletic says talks between Boston and San Jose have cooled.

2:10 p.m.: Derek Forbort is 6-foot-4, 219 pounds and a heck of a lot tougher than John Moore. But the left-shot defenseman, 27, went to Calgary instead of Boston. The price was just a fourth-round pick.

Clearly Don Sweeney was more worried about size up front (Nick Ritchie) than he was on the back end. Lots of faith in Moore, Jeremy Lauzon and Steven Kampfer? We'll see. Less than one hour until the deadline.

1:38 p.m: If the Bruins wanted a young, controllable left-shot forward with some speed and some scoring on his resume, why not Andreas Athanasiou? But the former Detroit Red Wings wing is heading to Edmonton along with a minor leaguer for two second-round picks and Sam Gagner.

Athanasiou is 25, 6-foot-2, 188 pounds and skates like the wind. He had 30 goals last season. Alas, the Bruins passed on him so they could swap out Danton Heinen for Nick Ritchie and some "bulk."

1:33 p.m.: The Rangers have not announced anything but the term (seven years) on Chris Kreider's extension, but Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet has it a $6.5 million AAV. That is certainl a fair deal for both sides and makes one wonder if we'll see something similar between Torey Krug and the Bruins down the pipe.

Meanwhile, Joe Thornton remains available and Minnesota and the New York Islanders are reportedly working on a Zach Parise trade.

12:52 p.m.: The Bruins reportedly traded Danton Heinen to Anaheim for Nick Ritchie. Coach Bruce Cassidy spoke after Bruins practice but didn't want to comment on any trades that weren't official.

Don Sweeney's trade philosophy this year is obviously you can't have too many Ritchie brothers and you can't go wrong dealing with Anaheim.

11:50 a.m.: Wayne Simmonds might've added some snarl to the Bruins' front line, but for the second straight year they won't be adding the power forward. He's going from New Jersey to Buffalo, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

Interesting also that the Sabres, six points back of Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division with one game in hand, are buying instead of selling. Could make them a tougher opponent down the stretch.

11:36 a.m.: The Pittsburgh Penguins confirmed a trade that had been reported earlier: they got Patrick Marleau from San Jose for a conditional third-round pick in 2021. The Penguins, who already added Jason Zucker from Minnesota earlier this month, decided they needed to solidify their middle or bottom six with the 40-year-old.

The Bruins probably weren't too interested in Marleau. But will Marleau's departure convince Joe Thornton to waive his no-move clause so he can go to a contender, and will the Bruins be the one that meets the Sharks' asking price? The Penguins had reportedly been interested in Thornton as well but it would seem one 40-year-old addition is enough.

11:15 a.m.:  Eric Francis of Sportsnet and several other insiders confirmed that the New York Rangers have signed forward Chris Kreider to a contract extension.

So we’ll never know if the Bruins still had the assets to acquire the power forward from Boxford even after trading their 2020 first-round pick to the Anaheim Ducks in the Ondrej Kase trade.

An extension for Kreider, though, could make the Rangers more likely to trade forward Jesper Fast, who like Kreider has an expiring contract this season. The Rangers will be facing a salary-cap crunch with restricted free agents Anthony D’Angelo, Ryan Strome and Brendan Lemieux due new contracts this summer.

If the Bruins are looking for another forward, which reports of their interest in Ilya Kovalchuk proves, then Fast should be on their shopping list.

11:01 a.m.: Vladislav Namestikov has to be a forward the Bruins were interested in, perhaps more before the Ondrej Kase trade. But he's going from Ottawa to Colorado for a fourth-round pick. The 27-year-old rental carries a $3.25 million cap hit this season. He has 25 points in 56 games this season for Ottawa and the New York Rangers.

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