2024 NHL Trade Deadline: Updated list of potential Bruins trade targets

By | March 7, 2024

NHL trade deadline 2024: Updated list of potential Bruins trade targets originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The NHL trade deadline is Friday at 3:00 PM ET, but many teams made deals on Wednesday.

There was a flurry of activity, with several of the top players rumored to be available being sent to new teams.

Forwards Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Wennberg, Anthony Mantha and Casey Mittelstadt, along with defensemen Noah Hanifin, Sean Walker, Bowen Byram, Ilya Lyubushkin and Chris Tanev, have already been treated in the past week.

Which players might still be available for the Boston Bruins?

Here is a list of players who could fill Boston’s need for scoring in the middle-six, power on the fourth line or depth on the left side of the blue line.

Forward

Elias Lindholm, C, Canucks

The Bruins were reportedly interested in Lindholm earlier this season, but he was ultimately traded from the Flames to the Canucks. Surprisingly, there’s a chance he could be available again if the Canucks can make a move for Penguins winger Jake Guentzel.

Lindholm is a legitimate second-line center who can provide some much-needed scoring depth, contribute on both the power play and penalty kill, and win faceoffs at a high rate. His faceoff winning percentage of 56.0 would be the highest on the B’s. He also excels in defensive zone faceoffs with a league winning percentage of 57.5 (minimum 350 d-zone draws).

Acquiring Lindholm only makes sense for the Bruins if he is willing to sign an extension (or unless the price to get him is lower than expected).

Tyler Toffoli, RW, Devils

Toffili would be an excellent mid-range forward for the B’s to acquire. After scoring 34 goals for the Flames last season, Toffoli has already scored 26 goals in 61 games for the Devils. Toffoli has scored more than twenty goals in eight of his last ten seasons. He is a reliable attacking player.

Another positive for Toffoli is his playoff experience. He has recorded 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) in 88 career playoff games. The 31-year-old veteran played a key role in the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup-winning team in 2014. Toffoli would likely be hired if the Bruins were to get him, which isn’t the most ideal scenario. But he’s probably the best goal scorer rumored to be available right now.

Nic Dowd, C, Capitals

Dowd is versatile enough to play as a center or right winger, and his ability to excel on penalty kills would be a nice boost to Boston’s lineup. He’s not a dynamic offensive player, but he’s on pace for his third straight season with at least 10 goals and 20 points. Dowd is also signed through next season with a very team-friendly salary cap hit of $1.3 million. He is one of the best center options left now that Sean Monahan and Alex Wennberg are off the board.

Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, Sharks

Duclair would add valuable scoring ability, physicality and speed to Boston’s second or third line. He scored 16 goals with 11 assists in 57 games for the Sharks. He has been quite productive of late, scoring seven goals in his last eight games. Duclair would also bring 34 games of playoff experience. He was a key contributor to the Panthers’ appearance in last season’s Stanley Cup Final.

Brandon Duhaime, RW, Wild

Duhaime won’t provide much offense – eight points in 62 games this season – but he is a good penalty killer and would bring a lot of physicality to Boston’s bottom six group. He leads the Wild with 155 hits and isn’t afraid to fight when the team needs a spark.

Defenders

Jakob Chychrun, senators

Remember him?! The Bruins were linked to Chychrun in trade rumors last season before he was traded from the Coyotes to the Senators. Chychrun is a very good offensive player and puck mover. He scored 31 points (nine goals, 21 assists) for the Senators this season while playing 22:34 per game. He’s also a left-shooting d-man, which the Bruins need given Hampus Lindholm’s injury and the struggles of Matt Grzelcyk and Derek Forbort.

Chychrun has struggled with durability and injuries throughout his career, but he hasn’t missed a single match this year. Another positive about Chychrun’s acquisition is his contract. He is signed through next season for a $4.6 million cap hit, which is a very reasonable number for a legitimate top-four defenseman. The cost to acquire Chychrun wouldn’t be cheap, especially since he’s not an assassin. But a legitimate top-four defenseman who is 25 years old and gifted offensively would be a nice upgrade for Boston’s blue line.

Joel Edmundson, Capitals

Edmundson (6-foot-1, 221 pounds) is a physical, left-shooting defenseman who kills penalties, blocks shots, clears traffic from the front of the net and could highlight his Stanley Cup-winning experience (75 total playoff appearances) to take. fighting team. Edmundson also has a cap hit of $1.75 million, which is low enough for the Bruins to somehow earn work despite their limited salary cap.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Thursday that Boston is interested in Edmundson.

Matt Dumba, Coyotes

Dumba is a right-shooting defenseman, but his physicality, penalty kill and ability to play more than twenty minutes per game could make him an attractive option for the Bruins. Kevin Shattenkirk has primarily been the right guard in the third pairing this season, but he hasn’t done enough to make that role permanent. If the Bruins can find an upgrade at that spot, it should be explored.

Alexandre Carrier, Predators

Carrier would bring some offensive skill (19 points in 58 games) and penalty kill to a contending team. He is on an expiring contract with a reasonable salary cap of $2.5 million. However, the Predators are in a playoff spot, so they might not be sellers. But if they don’t think they can re-sign Carrier to an extension, it would be smart to at least explore a trade. Even if the Predators make the playoffs, the odds of them winning multiple rounds are incredibly slim.

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