Nick Goss of NBC Sports: The Boston Bruins have now formally lost their leading 2 centers from last season to retirement.
Internal prospects to for their leading 2 lines are Charlie Coyle and Pavel Zacha, with Coyle most likely associating Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk.
The trade path for the Bruins might be their finest path however they don’t have a great deal of future possessions to deal with. They don’t have their 2024 first-round choice and their possibility swimming pool remains in the bottom 5 of the league. They don’t have a second-round choice up until 2026 and they don’t choose up until the fourth-round in 2024.
They do have some trade prospects on their lineup in Jake DeBrusk (if they don’t sign him to an extension), Matt Grzelcyk, Derek Forbort and Linus Ullmark if Jeremy Swayman reveals he can be a No. 1.
Trade targets for the Bruins might be Elias Lindholm and Mark Scheifele. Both are entering their last year and might be dealt if not extended.
Murat Ates of The Athletic: The apparent groups the Boston Bruins must be taking a look at to resolve their center problem are the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets.
The Bruins have 2 beginning goaltenders at the minute. The Jets have 2 goaltenders getting in the last year of their agreements – Connor Hellebuyck and Laurent Brossoit. Will the Jets have the ability to extend Hellebuyck?
Jets Mark Scheifele for a Bruins goalie rapidly enters your mind. Scheifele would be a UFA after this season. Goaltenders aren’t possessions that land you leading centers however. The Jets understand this when wanting to optimize Hellebuyck trade worth. Jeremy Swayman might attract the Jets more than Linus Ullmark provided the age distinction.
The cap distinction from Scheifele ($6.125 million) and Swayman ($3.475 million) would suggest the Bruins would require to vacate more wage. Options might consist of Jake DeBrusk ($4 million), Trent Frederic ($2.3 million) and Matt Grzelcyk ($3.688 million).
Elias Lindholm might be more interesting to the Bruins than Scheifele. He’s 2 years more youthful and brings a $4.875 million cap struck this year. A trade bundle would be more difficult to exercise given that the Flames don’t require a goaltender.
The Bruins can wait it out and see if other center emerge on the trade market the closer we get to the trade due date.