BREAKING - Bruins Eye Flames Player as Backup Option Amid Center Search

Published August 3, 2023 at 7:55 PM

The Boston Bruins are facing a crucial search for a center, following the retirement of Patrice Bergeron and the looming possibility of David Krejci's departure.

While Elias Lindholm remains a top trade target, the Flames' Mikael Backlund emerges as an enticing backup plan.

Backlund's prowess as a two-way center makes him an appealing option for the Bruins. With impressive stats of 19 goals, 56 points, and a plus-24 rating in 82 games last season, he could seamlessly fit into Boston's top six and special teams units.

To strengthen their center depth, the Bruins may explore trades, potentially involving defenseman Derek Forbort, whose $3 million cap hit could be freed up for cost-effective deals.

Jakub Zboril, serving as the seventh defenseman, is another potential target for teams seeking defensive help.

However, acquiring star centers like Lindholm or Mark Scheifele might come at the cost of parting ways with valuable players such as Jake DeBrusk and/or Matt Grzelcyk.

These decisions will pose a challenge for GM Don Sweeney but could pave the way for significant roster changes in the upcoming season.

Source - thehockeywriters
August 3   |   95 answers
BREAKING - Bruins Eye Flames Player as Backup Option Amid Center Search

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