By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
With the true start of what will be a rapid-fire offseason less than a week away, the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers have discussed a wing-for-wing trade, according to the latest report from TSN.
“Sources say the Oilers engaged the Boston Bruins on a left/right wing swap, Alex Chiasson for Anders Bjork,” Frank Seravalli wrote in his latest trade board updates. “Assistant GM Keith Gretzky drafted Bjork in Boston. We’ll see where that goes, but the Oilers are pursuing a number of similar left/right swaps with other teams.”
A 6-foot-4 right wing, Chiasson recorded 11 goals and 24 points in 65 games this past regular season, and added a goal and an assist in Edmonton’s first-round qualifying series with the Blackhawks. He’s also a year removed from tallying what were career-high in goals (22), points (38), and power-play points (15) in 73 games for the 2018-19 Oilers, and Chiasson won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals back in 2018.
And though those numbers may be enticing, it’s certainly worth mentioning that Chiasson did get a pretty significant run with over 135 of his 556 minutes of five-on-five play coming with either Connor McDavid and/or Leon Draisaitl. (It’s also probably in your best interest to not fall in love with the potential size factor that comes with Chiasson’s 6-foot-4, 208-pound frame, as he recorded just 56 hits this past season, and has hit the 100-hit mark just once in his seven-year NHL career.)
Bjork, meanwhile, totaled nine goals and 19 points in 58 games during the regular season, but failed to make much of an impact in the postseason, with just one assist and 11 shots on goal during his seven-game playoff run. This was similar to Bjork’s regular-season ending, too, as he slowly but surely fell out of frame upon the acquisition of Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie.
With inconsistencies in regards to both his health and on-ice performance, it’s not hard to imagine Bjork being part of an offseason trade to bring the Bruins more certainty to their winger ranks.
The Bruins did, however, sign Bjork to a three-year extension worth $1.6 million per season earlier this summer. (The 30-year-old Chiasson is on the books through next season at just over $2.1 million, by the way.)
Seravalli also said that there was talk of a potential deal to send B’s restricted free agent Jake DeBrusk to his hometown Oilers, but noted that seems unlikely given the Oilers’ cap situation.
The Bruins enter this offseason with just over $14 million in available cap space, but certainly seem to be in the market for some good ole’ fashioned hockey trades, as they’ve also been linked to the Coyotes’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
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