On the Boston Bruins …
Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports: After signing John Moore to a five-year deal, the Bruins current blue line looks like:
Left side: Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Matt Grzelcyk and Moore.
Right side: Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller.
This could mean that the Bruins would move Krug out for some help up front – an offensive second line winger.
The offensive defenseman has tallied 110 points the past two seasons and carries just over a $5 million cap hit. He’s been injured at the end of the season the past two years – fractured ankle this year.
The Bruins could also start this season with this defense and use a young forward on the second line.
Scoring wingers that could be on the trade market: Artemi Panarin, Jeff Skinner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Wayne Simmonds.
“We feel very comfortable with the group of guys we have , and we’ll move forward with it. When the calls come as a result, that’s part of the business, and everybody understands that. It also allows some of our younger players to develop at the natural pace without necessarily putting them in situations they’re not ready to handle,” said Sweeney.”
Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports: On day one of free agency the Bruins added John Moore, Jaroslav Halak, Chris Wagner, and Joakim Nordstrom.
Will they now look to package Torey Krug for a top-six winger like Jeff Skinner, Wayne Simmonds or Artemi Panarin.
There have been some sources who have wondered about deal with the Oilers that would involve Krug, Oscar Klefbom, and Milan Lucic.
The Bruins tried to lure free agents John Tavares and Ilya Kovalchuk, and may now have to turn to the trade market to find a top-six forward.
If need be, they may be able to spare one of their young forwards in a deal – Anders Bjork with Danton Heinen, Jake DeBrusk and Ryan Donato.