By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
According to a new column on the NHL trade deadline by Pierre LeBrun at The Athletic, the Bruins may have the inside track at acquiring Senators right wing Mark Stone. But that's only because the Sens have an eye for some potentially valuable pieces in Boston.
LeBrun reported in his column on Sunday that he's not sure how interested the Bruins really are in doing what it takes to acquire Stone. But he does know that the Senators "really covet" certain assets on the Bruins in a potential trade. That could describe a wide range of trade chips, some of which may currently be on the NHL roster in Boston.
If the Sens are seeking someone like Charlie McAvoy or Jake DeBrusk, that's hopefully a non-starter for GM Don Sweeney. If the player they covet is more like Danton Heinen or Trent Frederic? That may be more palatable. If they are looking at a highly touted younger prospect with more term on his contract, like center Jack Studnicka or defenseman Urho Vaakanainen? That may just be the cost of doing business to add a big winger with 28 goals and 62 points in 59 games.
LeBrun also sees the Jets, Flames, and Predators as contenders to acquire Stone. He's also not ruling out that Stone, who's slated for unrestricted free agency in July, ultimately signs a long-term extension in Ottawa.
The B's have until 3 p.m. on Monday to trade for the top-six winger they're apparently still seeking. The Flyers' Wayne Simmonds is also at or near the top of Sweeney's list. He may come for less than Stone, but he still might cost a first-round pick.
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