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Trading Lucic to the Oilers Makes Sense for Both Sides

By on April 27, 2015 at 10:49am
Milan Lucic Could the Bruins Trade Lucic to the Oilers?

The Edmonton Oilers announced on Friday that they have signed former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli as their General Manager and President of Hockey Operations. After his 9 year tenure at the helm of the S.S. Bruins, Chiarelli will get a fresh start in Edmonton.

First off, good for Peter Chiarelli. Although he could be frustrating to the fans at times, Chiarelli had a tremendously successful career in Boston. He took a flailing franchise and brought them a Stanley Cup and a perennially dominant team. He’s exactly what the Oilers could use right now- a responsible, conscientous mind that isn’t afraid to trade the pieces that don’t fit into his vision for the team.

What’s happened in Edmonton over the past five years has been nothing less than fascinating. They have drafted first overall three times during that span, and the others were third and seventh overall. Statistically speaking, no team has been worse during that span. And the crazy thing is, they don’t show any sign of turning that around.

Most teams in the league would salivate at the chance for just one of those first overall picks to build around, but the Oilers haven’t been able to even produce anĀ average season. It was always, “once these kids develop with each other and grow into their game, they’ll be one of the best teams in the league every year and a force to be reckoned with.” And why not? It worked for Pittsburgh. They were a franchise at rock bottom, but they drafted guys like Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, and Jordan Staal, and – boom – Stanley Cup.

But alas, the Edmonton Oilers have had no such accomplishments or really any steps toward anything at all. Which presents a great opportunity for the Boston Bruins. Like the Bruins were ten years ago, the Oilers are in need of major moves to get their franchise in the right direction. They have a surplus of talented young forwards- Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Leon Drasaitl, and Jordan Eberle to name a few. And after winning the 2015 NHL Draft lottery, they’re about to get a generational talent in Connor McDavid.

Something has to give in Edmonton. They don’t have much in the way of leadership, physicality, or 2-way play. They need to make some major moves to their roster and make this McDavid’s team. Does that mean someone like Taylor Hall could be available? The Bruins MUST inquire about him now.

What would it take to get someone like Hall?

The offer I’ve been playing around with is something like this:
Milan Lucic, Dennis Seidenberg, Chris Kelly, Malcom Subban
to Edmonton for
Taylor Hall

Does it seem like a lot? In Lucic, Edmonton gets the gritty, physical presence they don’t have. Seidenberg is not longer a top pairing guy but he’s still very good defensively and would be an excellent role model for their younger defenseman. Kelly is a defensively responsible 2-way center with a leadership presence, something you can be sure they don’t have. And Subban is an excellent sweetener that gives them a goalie for the future.

To be honest, it may not even be enough. But this gets a lot of money off the books, which is a big return on its own. Cap flexibility will give them a lot of options this offseason. For the Bruins, this gives them a bona-fide first line scorer who plays hard. It sheds some contract issues and opens up the roster for some of the younger guys.

For the Oilers, this gives them some defensive presence and physicality that they desperately need. Teams would love to have Lucic on their roster, and this is a good opportunity to make a move.

It also sends a very clear message for when they draft McDavid. Getting rid of Hall makes this McDavid’s team. I just hope whoever the Bruins’ next GM is recognizes this opportunity and pounces on it.

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Allen Craig

According to ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, a number of teams have begun preliminary negotiations with the Red Sox over Allen Craig, who can play the outfield, first base and third base.

Sure, Craig was a disaster after coming over in the John Lackey trade, but he’s a definite major league hitter with a good amount of pop in a league with a dearth of it.

In limited time with the Red Sox, his first at-bats as a player in the American League, Craig hit .128 in 29 games. He’s a better player than that, having hit .300 or better the previous three years with the Cardinals. Continue reading Red Sox Trade Rumors Swirl Around Allen Craig »

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David Krejci (CBSsports.com)

Malcom Subban Flub

The highly touted goalie prospect was recalled from Providence a second time last week with the intentions of finally getting an NHL start. Malcom Subban got that opportunity on Friday night against the St. Louis Blues, and boy was it ugly. After a scoreless first period, he began the second by letting in three goals on three shots and was pulled in favor of Tuukka Rask. He was simply overmatched by an elite Blues team that he probably shouldn’t have been playing against in the first place.

The Bruins missed a couple big opportunities here. One was that they should’ve started him a couple weeks ago against the Canadiens. The Habs may have been just as tough an opponent as the Blues, but when your starting goalie has a tough history against the team to begin with what do you have to lose? Then, when they called him up last week, they should have started him against Edmonton, not St. Louis. It would have been a great chance to showcase him to a team that needs a goalie and the Oilers have much less firepower than the Blues. The B’s have a tricky situation on their hands now and must be careful not to let this kid lose his confidence.

David Krejci and other Injuries Continue reading Injury Woes and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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Evander Kane (RiverCitySportsBlog)

Bruins Trade Rumors

The next anticipated shake-up of the hockey world will likely come out of Winnipeg, as it appears tensions between LW Evander Kane and the team have finally come to a head. He has had lots of off-ice issues for years now and always seem to be clashing with the front office. Things got even worse on Friday when, after an incident with teammate Dustin Byfuglien, Kane informed the team that he was not going to play in the game that night. Long story short, he’s on the back burner and will likely be moved.

Of course, as with any big name rumored to be available, the Bruins are among teams expected to have a good deal of interest in Kane. And rightfully so– to a degree– because Kane’s a young, energetic, and explosive player. But this is not the right fit for this Bruins team and this Boston market. The media and fans tore apart Tyler Seguin‘s antics and 1-way play, and that was when he was a 20 year old kid with a Cup already on his resume. How are they going to feel about a player who’s a few years older and still immature? As talanted as he may be, let Kane be someone else’s headache. Continue reading Trade Rumors and Bruins Weekly Thoughts »

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Malcom Subban (ESPNBoston)

Malcom Subban Recalled

It was announced this morning that backup goalie Niklas Svedberg was sent to Providence on a conditioning loan and Malcom Subban will back up Tuukka Rask in Boston. This will be exciting; Subban is obviously a highly prized prospect for the Bruins and did really well against NHL-level talent in the pre-season. They’re taking their time with developing the kid, and rightfully so, so it’ll be interesting to see what he can do. We have a game against the Canadiens in a couple weeks. Talk about a storyline…

All Star Game

Say what you want about the All Star Game, but any time that many elite players skate together on the same ice it’s something cool to watch. Patrice Bergeron represented the B’s well, notching a goal and 4 assists in a dazzling 17-12 game. It’s hard to believe that this was his first All Star appearance but he just displayed once again how talented and under-appreciated he is in this league. I’ve said it before, but he could absolutely be a point-per-game player if he was given free reign to score and not worry about two-way play. Continue reading Malcom Subban and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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TJ Oshie (frozennotes.com)

TJ Oshie trade rumors

Hockey fans fondly remember what “TJ Sochi” did in the Olympics last year, scoring on 4 goals in 6 shootout attempts against Sergei Bobrovsky and earning them the win over Russia. His heroic efforts made him a national hero and a reminder of how exciting and nail-biting shootouts can be.

His name has popped up in trade rumors recently and it’s believed that the Blues would be willing to deal this slick winger. He has scored just 12 points so far, well below his 21 goal, 60 point effort last season. Last week, Elliotte Friedman reported that he is available and that the Bruins and Blue have been discussing an Loui Eriksson/Oshie swap. I for one would be completely on board with that. Eriksson has just simply not been as advertised, and while Oshie is no superstar, he’s a skilled player and a good fit for a right handed winger on the top 2 lines. If the rumors are true, I’m biting on this one.

Craig Cunningham on first line

Craig Cunningham has been practicing on the team’s first line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic and will likely play there tonight against Nashville. This is a pretty decent jump after going from Providence to the fourth line and now the first. Personally, I’ve been a big fan of Cunningham and I like his game. Do I think he’s the answer for the first line? No. But I like his game; he just seems to make things happen out there. It will be interesting to see what he looks like with Krejci dishing him the puck and Lucic creating space for him.

Continue reading TJ Oshie and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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Why Taylor Hall Won’t be a Bruin

December 17, 2014 at 9:37am in Boston, Bruins, NHL, Rumors
Taylor Hall (edmontonjournal.com)

Earlier this week, TSN Analyst Darren Dreger reported that Edmonton’s Taylor Hall would be in play on the trade market as the Oilers train wreck of a franchise continues. The Bruins, who have been struggling just to land a playoff berth this season and seem to be lacking an identity, have been in the eye of a hurricane of media buzz. Could Taylor Hall be the trade target they’re looking for?

It’s funny how these things come full circle. Back in 2010, the Bruins held the second overall pick while the Oilers held the first. It was clear that the B’s preferred Hall, a gritty scoring winger, but they “settled” for Tyler Seguin and his dazzling skill set. Now, they may possibly have the chance to trade for him. But they won’t.

First take a look at the Oilers. Years of being a basement dwelling team amassed them with a wealth of young talent that included three first round picks in four years and six top ten picks in a row. They built a core with names like Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Darnell Nurse and the newly drafted Leon Draisaitl. The hockey world had a general consensus of, “Okay, they’re bad now, but when this young core grows and develops together then Edmonton will be a force to be reckoned with.”

But it never happened. Continue reading Why Taylor Hall Won’t be a Bruin »

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