The Boston Bruins are the NHL’s finest group by way of the primary quarter of the 2022-23 season.
They entered Monday tied for the league lead in targets scored and fewest targets allowed. The particular groups items have been efficient and the goaltending, at the very least so far as Linus Ullmark is worried, has been elite. Boston’s depth has been unbelievable, too, with 20 totally different gamers scoring at the very least one purpose over the primary 21 video games.
The upcoming March 3 commerce deadline can be an enchanting one for the Bruins.
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Do they make minor roster tweaks and most depend on what’s been working so properly up to now? Or ought to they reap the benefits of this success and make one other large blockbuster deal so as to add a star-level impression participant?
Bruins common supervisor Don Sweeney has carried out it earlier than, with the most effective examples coming in 2018 (Rick Nash commerce), 2021 (Taylor Corridor commerce) and 2022 (Hampus Lindholm commerce).
The most important title anticipated to be on the commerce market within the coming months is Chicago Blackhawks celebrity proper winger Patrick Kane.
What is the newest on Kane’s future in Chicago?
Here is Mark Lazerus of The Athletic in a narrative revealed Sunday:
“Kane needs to remain I really imagine that. Nevertheless it’s not practical to check that Kane will nonetheless be sporting a No. 88 Blackhawks sweater come March 3. The Blackhawks are forcing his hand. They’re driving arguably the best participant in group historical past out of city.”
Kane is within the closing 12 months of his contract with a wage cap hit of $10.5 million, per CapFriendly. That is an enormous quantity, but when the Bruins are in a position to clear some wage (buying and selling Mike Reilly and Craig Smith would open up room) and the Blackhawks retained some wage, it is potential a deal may very well be labored out. Making it work below the cap is a big problem, although.
Kane is 34 however stays a superb offensive participant. He has tallied 16 factors (three targets, 13 assists) in 21 video games on a Blackhawks group that is misplaced seven straight and sits on the backside of the Central Division. Kane additionally is without doubt one of the finest postseason performers of his period with three Stanley Cup titles, a 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy and 132 factors in 136 profession playoff video games. He’d be the best addition for a contending group.
Positive, the Bruins have numerous scoring depth however they might use a little bit extra firepower on the wing. Taylor Corridor has scored just one purpose in his final 11 video games. Jake DeBrusk is off to a pleasant begin (16 factors in 20 video games) however he is been very inconsistent in current seasons. Craig Smith has scored one purpose in 12 video games and at the moment is battling an damage. A number of of the bottom-six forwards, particularly Nick Foligno, have scored at a better fee than anticipated, however how sustainable is that long run?
Including a participant of Kane’s caliber could be an enormous enhance for the Bruins as they attempt to make probably one final run at a Stanley Cup title. The B’s core is fairly previous. Patrice Bergeron is 37. David Krejci is 36. Neither participant is signed past this season. Brad Marchand is 34. David Pastrnak is not signed past this season, both.
Kane additionally is without doubt one of the finest postseason performers of his period with three Stanley Cup titles, a 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy and 132 factors in 136 profession playoff video games. He’d be the best addition for a contending group.
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If the Bruins see this season as “The Final Dance” with this group, then it has to go all-in on the commerce deadline and reap the benefits of this superb alternative.
The Bruins do lack elite commerce chips. Their prospect pool is among the many league’s worst, they usually do not personal a second-round choose in 2023 or 2024. However placing collectively the most effective commerce bundle may not be the figuring out consider the place Kane goes — if he is traded in any respect — as a result of he has a full no-movement clause and may veto any deal. He controls the method.
What Kane will resolve because the commerce deadline approaches is anybody’s guess, however it is going to be one of the attention-grabbing storylines to observe as March 3 will get nearer. A Kane commerce, wherever he goes, has the potential to considerably alter the stability of energy within the league.