Updates on the Bruins and Stars – August 31, 2016
The Boston Bruins appear to be stockpiling forwards, plus speculation on possible Dallas Stars trade bait.
BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy notes the Bruins signing yesterday of center Dominic Moore is a curious one, observing they already have depth at that position with Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, David Backes, Ryan Spooner and Noel Acciari. He points out the Bruins could move Backes or Spooner to the wing or they could lack confidence in Acciari. “Or they could be stockpiling assets to make another run at a defenseman on the trade market. Given Spooner’s talent level and cheap price tag of $950,000, he could be an attractive trade chip.”
Conroy wonders if Bruins general manager Don Sweeney will try to package some assets for a top-four defenseman. Sweeney said he’ll continue talking with clubs, but also suggests some younger blueliners in the Bruins system could challenge for jobs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My guess is Sweeney will go into training camp with his current roster and evaluate its performance in preseason play before deciding what moves he has to make for the upcoming season. Spooner, packaged with a first-or second-round pick or a good prospect, could land that elusive top-four blueliner. Feel free to weigh in on this in the comments section, Bruins fans. I’d like to see what you think Sweeney should do.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Asked by a reader which prospects he sees the Dallas Stars moving in a trade this season, Mike Heika named Jamie Oleksiak or Patrik Nemeth, as promising Julius Honka will need a chance at a roster spot soon. “The guess is another team will want a forward if the Stars are seeking a goalie. That could be Val Nichushkin, Brett Ritchie or Jason Dickinson. It will depend on what the other team is seeking,” writes Heika. He doesn’t believe the Stars want to part with Honka.
Heika also doesn’t see them pursuing St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. He feels it’s time the Stars put their trust in their young defensemen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars have considerable depth in promising young player to use as trade bait this season, especially if they decide to upgrade in goal. Though Nichushkin’s name has surfaced this summer in the trade rumor mill, they don’t seem ready to part ways with him.