Time For The Bruins To Move A Couple of Pieces

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With the 2020 season barely a week old, the first-place Bruins are struggling to find some offense. The team ranks third in the league on the power play and fourth in the penalty-killing department. As of late, the Bruins are having issues in closing out games. In this post, we will examine three moves that the Bruins could make at the 2020 trade deadline on February 24th.

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Move David Backes

Forward David Backes is in the middle of a five-year, $30,000,000 contract. At best, the Bruins should release Backes and replace his roster spot with a fresh player, preferably from the AHL Providence Bruins. Backes never lived up to his billing in a Bruins uniform.

In the past two seasons, Backes has averaged roughly 26 points. That, coupled with injuries, the team would be better replacing him with a fresh body from Providence. If they cannot move him at the deadline, releasing him, whether it means buying him out or coming to a mutual agreement, may be their best option.

Sign Torey Krug

With the Bruins struggling to find offense, they must resign Torey Krug. Krug is having a stellar season since returning from early-season shoulder surgery. Currently, Krug is at the end of a four-year deal.

Krug is at the end of a four-year, $21,000,000 deal. Krug is a vital member of the power play, eighteen of Krug’s 30 points have come with the man advantage. He also carries a strong physical presence that fits into the Bruins style of play. During Game Two of the Finals last season, he made one of the most famous checks on Blues forward Robert Thomas. With the team struggling to score goals, resigning Krug may be a top priority.

Trade Danton Heinen

Option #3 for the Bruins is to think about moving Danton Heinen. The organization overpaid for him last summer but his production has been subpar.

In 44 games this season, Heinen has 7 goals and 10 assists. Heinen has been inconsistent all season and could bring some value in return. In four seasons, he has 34 goals and 64 assists for 98 points. A change of scenery could help Heinen rediscover his game.

Going Forward

As it stands right now, the Bruins are in first place in the East, 6 points ahead of Toronto. If the offense of Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak doesn’t start clicking, the Bruins may stumble lower into the standings.

They continue to get significant contributions from both Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask in net. Still, if the lack of scoring continues the Bruins could be very active very soon.

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