One year after winning the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins may be mentioned in hockey circles more the following offseason, one in which the team was eliminated in a first round upset at the hands of the Washington Capitals. But while many people want Boston to make a lot of major moves to get the team back to the promised land, the Bruins feel as if they already have the pieces in place to make another run this upcoming NHL season.
What that means is that nobody should expect Boston to make a serious run at trading for Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks or Rick Nash of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Not unless either of their asking prices becomes much more along the lines of what the Bruins may be willing to pay. Right now, the two sides aren’t even close.
We all know what the Blue Jackets are asking for Nash, and it seems unrealistic that any team would be willing to meet their ridiculously high demands. If teams such as the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are not willing to include the players that Columbus wants for Nash, then you should know that a team such as Boston would never do so either.
While Ryan may seem more affordable than Nash in terms of contract status and players needed to pull off a trade, the Bruins are not going to give the Ducks what they are currently asking for either.
So what Boston is basically saying to the rest of the league, regardless of who you have on the trade block, David Krejci is not available.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli feels as if the Bruins have a young trio that is the core of the franchise for years to come, and it involves Krejci, Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin. Throw in top prospect Dougie Hamilton, and the four are as close to untouchable as any player in the game today.
That means that while Nash has Boston on his approved list of teams he would be willing to be traded to, and even if the Ducks have pitched trading Ryan to the Bruins, neither team should expect a deal to happen if Krejci, Lucic, Seguin or Hamilton is involved in the trade talks.
You have a better chance of seeing Tim Thomas start the season in net in October.