The latest from the Edmonton Journal, plus the Bruins are well-positioned to make a move, if needed, later this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson yesterday suggested the Chicago Blackhawks decision to move Patrick Kane from center back to right wing could mean they’re in the market for a second line center, as Dave Bolland is a perfect third line center, while Patrick Sharp is a winger, not a center. Matheson believes one couldn’t blame the Blackhawks if they were looking at Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, who played with Kane in junior hockey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not the first time this season Gagner’s been linked to the Blackhawks, but there’s no guarantee the Oilers would part with him, and if so, if they would send him to Chicago. One shouldn’t fully rule out the possibility, but it’ll depend on where both teams are in the standings by the trade deadline. If the Oilers are still in the hunt, they might be buyers, not sellers.
BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris yesterday reported the Bruins still have considerable cap space (currently $3.1 million, not counting the LTIR relief from Marc Savard being out for the season) to bolster their lineup, but GM Peter Chiarelli currently sees little reason to make a move at this time. Harris also suggests Chiarelli must ensure he leaves himself enough space beyond this season to re-sign key players. “Chris Kelly Gregory Campbell,Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk and Joe Corvo are all due for unrestricted free agent status, and Tuukka Rask and Benoit Pouliot are restricted free agents.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Bruins are playing as well by the trade deadline as they currently are, Chiarelli would probably stand pat. As for next summer’s free agents, I see them re-upping Kelly, Thornton, Rask and perhaps Boychuk. Feel free to weigh in, Bruins fans, which of those free agents do you think the Bruins should re-sign?