Could Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk be dealt later this season? What’s the latest on UFAs Bryan McCabe and Sergei Samsonov? Read on to find out!

ESPN.COM: James Murphy, in response to a reader’s question about Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk’s inconsistent performance last season, suggested Boychuk might become trade bait if he fails to improve his game this season. Boychuk is eligible for UFA status next summer, and could be pressured by upcoming young blueliners like Matt Bartkowski or Steven Kampfer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite his inconsistency, Boychuk’s big shot and physical play would certainly garner attention if the Bruins were to put him on the trade block. Of course, that’ll be determined by his performance, as well as whatever possible weaknesses arise that might need to be addressed by the trade deadline. If he were to be shopped, I would expect it’ll happen in the second half of the season.

NEWSDAY’S Katie Strang reported via Twitter UFAs Bryan McCabe and Sergei Samsonov may be reluctant to accept training camp invitations from the Islanders, preferring instead to have a contract in place. She suggested they might wait to see if any training camp injuries arise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries in training camp/early in the regular season could increase the possibility of those two getting one-year contract offers. It could also depend on which team is interested in them.