The Boston Bruins don’t necessarily do that need improve their roster, but that won’t stop them from trying as they approach a critical stage in their Stanley Cup quest.
Boston is on a historic pace more than halfway through its season, running its record to 34-5-4 with a dominating 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. The Bruins have gotten to this point despite Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, Matt Grzelczyk and Jake DeBrusk all having extended absences at various points throughout the season.
At full strength, the Bruins are a team with great depth and tremendous talent. The fact is, teams can’t go 82-game seasons without a road bump, which prompted Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic to take a look at Boston’s potential NHL trade deadline.
His choice? Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luke Schenn. Here’s a quote from LeBrun explaining the choice.
I’m not sure there really is a strong need for a B, but any team serious about making a deep playoff run will be looking for depth, and in my opinion, adding a right-handed outfielder is something Boston could look at. And I like the idea of a veteran Schenn in a Bruins uniform. Talk about a guy who would love to rush to those fans. He plays the game tough and physical and would be an ideal addition to the depth.
I understand the Bruins have already talked to Vancouver about him, though this is the time of year when contenders call multiple teams to find out what’s out there and possible prices.
Schenn, a veteran of 15 NHL seasons, has long been a trade deadline target for teams looking to contend. The two-time Stanley Cup winner has had some injuries in the past, but has played 43 games for Vancouver this season, scoring 14 points with two goals.