Bruins Pass on Fair Trade Offer for Linus Ullmark

Published September 6, 2023 at 12:44
BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
In the recent offseason, Don Sweeney, the General Manager of the Boston Bruins, faced a critical decision when news surfaced of a 'fair' trade offer for Linus Ullmark, the celebrated Vezina award-winning goaltender.

Ty Anderson from The Sports Hub provided insights that indeed, the Bruins received an offer during the summer that aligned with 'fair market value.' However, the Bruins' complex salary cap situation seemed to stand in the way of progressing these trade talks. Adding to the challenge, Ullmark's no-trade clause added an extra layer of complexity, as he had the authority to name a 16-team no-trade list.

Anderson shed light on the situation:

My understanding — and this is through some backchannel rumblings and conversations, so take it with a grain of salt, of course — is that there was one team out there who had interest in giving Sweeney and the Bruins what would you consider a fair, market value return for Ullmark.



Notably, several teams actively sought goaltending help during the summer, including the New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Los Angeles Kings, and Philadelphia Flyers.

Linus Ullmark's performance in the 2022-23 season was nothing short of remarkable, with a record of 40-6-1, an impressive 1.89 goals-against average, and a stellar .938 save percentage. However, replicating such a performance could prove challenging, especially with significant changes underway in the Boston Bruins.

Crucially, it's worth emphasizing that a trade involving Ullmark is not imminent. Bruins fans should not expect to see him departing anytime soon. Ullmark remains a valuable asset as the team navigates the challenges of the upcoming season.

Source nhltraderumors
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