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Well, would they? I mean Zdeno Chara has been far and away the best defensemen on the Boston’s squad and has been a top five defender since he joined the black and gold. However, keep in mind that the Chara is on the wrong side of 30 (37), and is set to make 7 million bucks next year. Plus, Chara seemed a bit slow and tired the last few playoffs, however he also has a very strong case to win the Norris trophy again for the best defensemen in the game.
So, what would the ramifications be with this trade? Who might the Bruins ultimately get?
Chances are teams that are interested in Chara are teams yearning for a Stanley Cup and are missing that key addition to make that big run. The Bruins can acquire some major talent if the Bruins were to pull the trigger, but let’s just focus two theoretical trades:
San Jose Sharks: Tomas Hertl (FWD), 2015 1st round pick
Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara (DEF)
This trade will send the prolific and young goal scorer that is Tomas Hertl to the Bruins for the mighty Chara. Hertl will provide the necessary speed and points to strongly benefit the team offensively. Plus, imagine Hertl, Smith, and Bergeron on the same line, that line would be scary good. Chara helps the lofty defensive front the Sharks have, which is headland by the inconsistent Vlasic. The Bruins would also need to receive a 1st round pick. While Hertl has a ton of potential, he does not have the greatest stats to back-up this claim, so an insurance pick will be necessary for this trade to happen.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Ryan Johansen, Nikita Niktin
Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, Malcolm Subban, 2015 1st round pick, Alexander Khokhlachev
This potential trade will be a blockbuster trade of the summer if it actually happens. The Bruins will receive the absolute dynamic and young goal scorer Johansen, and a sturdy defensive defensemen Niktin. Chara will take a good defense and make them an excellent defense complimented with Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski. Subban will provide Bobrovsky some insurance and well deserved rest time, as Columbus does not have much of an extended goalie system. When Marchand is a decent fill-in for Johansen, the Bruins will have to give up a draft pick and a really good prospect in Khokhlachev.
Ultimately, would these trades be worth it? If Peter Chiarelli accepts the Sharks deal, Hertl has a lot of question marks, but the potential is absolutely stupendous. This deal would ultimately be determined if Hertl pans out, because losing Chara would cripple the Bruins’ defense. However, this trade will open a good amount of cap space to re-sign or sign a good free agent.
So, what about the Columbus trade? Johansen has already proven himself last year by putting up nearly 70 points. Niktin is not a replacement for Chara, but he is a solid top 4 defensemen, who will keep the puck out the back of the net. Again, Marchand is a decent replacement for Johansen, but the Bruins will have to give up a high draft pick and a really potential prospect. Moreover, the Bruins still have Niklas Svedberg to back-up Tuuka Rask, so Subban is expendable. Plus, this trade would open up enough cap space for the Bruins to at least maneuver around in free agency.
So what do you think? Is it Chara’s time to go?