Brian Boucher on D&K: Bruins ‘have to be aggressive’ before trade deadline

February 12, 2020 - 5:25 pm

We’re now less than two weeks from the NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 24.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have already swung a deal for a new top-six forward by picking up Jason Zucker from Minnesota, and the expectation is that sometime soon Bruins general manager Don Sweeney will make a similar deal.

NBC Sports’ Brian Boucher, a former NHL goalie, called in to Dale & Keefe on Wednesday to chat about what he thinks Boston should do to increase the likelihood of a return to the Stanley Cup Final. Boucher talked about the Bruins’ window to win again with the current core being just one or two years long, and then he explained how he thinks Sweeney should proceed.

“So, look, I think the Bruins have to be aggressive. I think they’ve got to find a way to get a top-six forward, preferably that second-line right wing. And if it doesn’t happen, maybe it is a left shot winger and maybe you work things in pairs. Maybe Pastrnak comes down and plays with Krejci, and Marchand stays with Bergeron and maybe you move DeBrusk down with Coyle. I really like Coyle’s game here of late. I think he’s been much better, playing with much more confidence, seems to be hanging on to the puck and maybe you work in pairs for your top nine and see how you can work it in that way.”

“But I think the Bruins, Don Sweeney has to be aggressive here at the deadline. They have to help this team get over the hump because it looks like Tampa Bay’s finding their groove at the right time of the year. And you have to expect it’s going to be a tough way to get out of the Eastern Conference.”

Boucher also talked about Tampa Bay’s push to challenge the Bruins for first place in the Atlantic Division.

And, of course, the topic of Torey Krug and his impending unrestricted free agency came up. Boucher compared the Boston defenseman to Nashville’s Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis.

“On the open market, what would he command? You’ve got to think $8 million, $7, $8 million. You know Josi’s making nine-plus. Maybe his comparable would be Ryan Ellis’ deal, Ellis is a little below that. …

“I don’t know that Boston would be willing to go to those lengths to get him signed long term. And I think if you’re Boston you’re hoping that he would give you some sort of a hometown discount.”

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