Bruins reportedly ‘all in’ on Senators’ Mark Stone if he doesn’t sign long-term
By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The NHL trade deadline is on the horizon and the Bruins are buzzing. One of the latest rumors has them reeling in one of the biggest fish.
According to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks (known affectionately as “Brooksie” to John Tortorella), the Bruins would be “all in” on acquiring Senators right wing Mark Stone if he can’t agree on a long-term extension in Ottawa. Stone, 26, fits the profile of a David Krejci right winger as well as any player in the league – certainly anyone who’s available in the trade market.
The 6-foot-4 Stone has been a point-per-game player for two years running. This season, he has 28 goals and 61 points in 59 games. He’s also 11th in the league with 22 even-strength goals; secondary 5-on-5 scoring has been an issue all season for the Bruins.
Stone is a sure-handed scorer with a good net-front presence, and uses his large frame and hand skills to his advantage in the other two zones as well. His skating isn’t elite, which may not make him an attractive option to sign long-term well into his 30s – but he’ll be as expensive as it gets as a trade rental.
The B’s will probably have to part with a first-round pick and multiple top prospects in order to land Stone, even if it’s just for the rest of the 2018-19 season. That’s especially true if teams like Winnipeg or Nashville are also showing real interest in him.
Stone would come at a relatively exorbitant price, but reports indicate that Don Sweeney is ready to take another home run swing after bringing in Rick Nash a year ago. Stone would be much better than Nash. For a team that’s needed consistent top-six scoring next to Krejci since last spring, Stone represents one of the best possible upgrades.
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