Will the Bruins, Sharks and Capitals make any moves before the regular season to bolster their rosters?
No Byfuglien for Bruins.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty notes the ongoing speculation linking Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to the Boston Bruins, whose blueline suffered a significant blow when veteran Dennis Seidenberg was sidelined eight weeks to back surgery. However, Haggerty believes pursuing Byfuglien is too costly for the Bruins right now. “It starts with a package similar to the first round pick, roster player (Martin Jones) and top prospect (Colin Miller) that the Bruins received for Milan Lucic, and is probably higher now given that the B’s are perceived to be in desperate straits.” Other defensemen who could be available, like Nikita Nikitin, Rob Scuderi, Luke Schenn and Andrew MacDonald, aren’t that palatable. Haggerty speculates the Bruins could enter the regular season hoping a couple of their young rearguards can step up.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins are rebuilding, so it’s pointless to give away valuable assets for a player like Byfuglien who could bolt via free agency next summer. Indeed, if the Bruins really want Big Buff, it’s best to wait until next summer and try to sign him then.
Could the Sharks shop for a depth d-man?
CSN BAY AREA: Kevin Kurz wonders if the San Jose Sharks might shop one of their promising young forwards for blueline depth if a sixth defenseman fails to emerge from their current crops of untested blueliners or if a veteran like Paul Martin suffers an injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anything’s possible, but if GM Doug Wilson feels there’s an early need to bolster his defensive depth, I expect he’ll check the waiver wire before going the trade route.
Capitals GM not done tinkering?
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Chuck Gormley reports Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan might not be done tinkering with his lineup before the puck drops on the regular season.