Ty Anderson: The Bruins identity is their goaltending
Ty Anderson joined Felger and Mazz on Thursday to discuss the Boston Bruins and their current goaltending situation. While on, Ty gave his reasoning as to why he would keep both Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark in Boston this season.
Ty says he wouldn’t trade Ullmark for the hypothetical trade that was floated out on twitter (or X) the other day…
Ty Anderson: Okay, so the Bruins identity is their goaltending. During the Bergeron-Krejci era we weren’t going, “you got to trade one of them you can’t have both”. This is their identity. Their goaltending is their identity. And this whole thing started because there was a fan proposal online that said, “Would you do this trade: And it was the Bruins would get Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and a second round pick and the Oilers would get Linus Ullmark”. No, I wouldn’t do that. No one should do that. That’s a bad trade. You know who wants that trade? The Oilers. Nobody else should want that trade.
Ty Anderson: Because Nugent-Hopkins is not that good. Take him away from McDavid and his numbers go right in the tank. It kind of helps you play with the best player in the world. And then B) if you’re trading Linus Ullmark, you need a first round pick. You need a first round pick plus! There’s no reason to trade one of these guys right now. Like, there’s this idea that you have to get rid of them. You don’t. You absolutely don’t. Especially not this year. This is the year I wouldn’t get rid of Linus Ullmark at all.
Mazz: Ty, do you think that they looked to do it during the off-season?
Ty Anderson: I think they explored the possibility but it never materialized into a deal that was A) fair value or B) was actually able to be made for one reason or another: Moving parts of other teams. Linus’s no trade. He has a 16 team no trade, so it’s half the league that he can’t go to essentially.
Felger: If you’re holding out for a better offer, I get it. That’s fine with me. You don’t have to trade him today just to trade him. And if you think that if you play the long game, you’ll get more in return? Great. Go ahead. But Ty, post deadline, into the postseason, you’d rather have these two goalies than another top six forward?
Ty Anderson: Yes. Yes, I would.
Ty Anderson: Because you’re going to have to win games ugly. Like, look at the way this team plays. I would have to imagine they are tied up near the top of the league…..
Felger: So, you understand you can only play one goalie at a time…
Ty Anderson: Yeah. I think they going to play both, though. I think they’re going to rotate in the playoffs. I firmly believe they’re going to do that. The tenor around them not doing that was so strong that I think they’re going to do it this year.