BREAKING: Metropolitan Team Heavily Pursuing This Bruins Player

Published July 9, 2023 at 10:51

Lou Lamoriello, the New York Islanders' president of hockey operations, is actively exploring the NHL trade market during the offseason.

Although it's well-known that the team is interested in acquiring Alex DeBrincat from the Ottawa Senators, the negotiations are proving to be challenging.

DeBrincat, who is a restricted free agent, turned down an eight-year extension in Ottawa and is seeking a contract similar to Timo Meier's recent deal with the New Jersey Devils.

With limited salary cap space, Lamoriello will need to make significant moves to accommodate such a contract. Additionally, there are doubts about DeBrincat's long-term commitment to the Islanders.

If the DeBrincat trade falls through, the Islanders may shift their focus to other options, potentially engaging in talks with their rivals in the Atlantic Division. The Boston Bruins, in particular, have a need for centers due to the potential retirement of veteran Patrice Bergeron.

A player like Jean-Gabriel Pageau could catch the interest of Bruins GM Don Sweeney, as he shares similar qualities with Bergeron, excelling in penalty killing and faceoffs.

To start trade discussions, the Islanders could propose a package that includes Pageau and restricted free agent Oliver Wahlstrom in exchange for Jake DeBrusk.

DeBrusk, who is in the final year of his contract with a $4 million cap hit, had a career-best season with 50 points in 64 games. Playing alongside Bo Horvat and Mathew Barzal on the top line, DeBrusk would provide the scoring threat the Islanders are seeking.

While DeBrusk had previously expressed a desire for a trade a couple of years ago, his stance may have changed under new Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery. However, considering the Bruins' lack of depth at center, exploring this trade possibility makes sense.

The success of the trade depends on various factors, including the Islanders' willingness to part ways with Pageau and Wahlstrom, as well as the Bruins' evaluation of DeBrusk's future value.

Draft picks may also be included to balance the exchange of assets. From a financial standpoint, both teams can accommodate the trade, giving the Islanders more salary cap space and allowing the Bruins to sign their remaining restricted free agents.

Although it may be a tough decision for both sides, trades like this often require sacrifices to achieve shared objectives.
July 9   |   246 answers
BREAKING: Metropolitan Team Heavily Pursuing This Bruins Player

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