By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
It sounds like the Bruins are poised to have another big trade deadline. And it’s possible that a longtime logical trade target remains on their radar.
According to a new story by TSN’s Frank Seravelli, Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds is still a hot name on the trade market and the Bruins are one of four teams “believed to be interested” in his services. The other teams are three top Stanley Cup contenders in the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators, and Winnipeg Jets.
Simmonds has 16 goals and 27 points in 59 games this season, and would bring a combo of size, toughness, and scoring touch that makes him a great fit on David Krejci’s right side.
Adding to the Bruins buzz is veteran hockey reporter Darren Dreger, who believes the Bruins are one of the league’s most active teams ahead of the deadline. He gives them more than a 50-50 chance at making a deal for some legitimate secondary scoring, whether Simmonds or someone else. He mentions the Kings’ Tyler Toffoli as a onetime target, but believes the Senators’ Ryan Dzingel may be higher on their list at this point.
Dreger says the B’s glut of young forwards still holds value around the league for a potential deadline deal.
“They’ve got two or three very similar young forwards, like [Danton] Heinen, [Anders] Bjork. There’s three or four of them that they could part with,” Dreger said on TSN 1050 in Toronto. “These are good players. I mean, players that you’d want to hold on to in a perfect world and continue to watch them develop and grow. But the Bruins are in it to win it. … They feel like they’re designed to contend for the Stanley Cup right now.”
Whoever the Bruins end up acquiring, it sure sounds like Don Sweeney is serious about adding that much-needed secondary scoring in order to make a real run at the Cup. One big question is whether he’d be willing to part with a first-round pick for the second straight season. But he clearly still has prospects to deal and it sounds like teams are still listening on them.
Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.