Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Bruins Add Veteran Depth at the Deadline for a Playoff Push
Now that the NHL trade deadline has come and gone, the Boston Bruins have put themselves in a great position to make another playoff run thanks to minimal injury problems and some added veteran depth.
Jaromir Jagr has joined the team today after being traded from the Dallas Stars for two prospects, including Lane Macdermid, and a conditional second-round 2013 draft pick, but the Bruins weren't done dealing after the five-time Art Ross Trophy winner was signed.
Today, the Bruins completed a pair of moves. Forward prospect Maxime Suave was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for another forward prospect, Rob Flick. Sauve was injury-prone throughout his career with the Providence Bruins, and the 22-year-old Flick is a former fourth-round draft pick who will add a great physical presence.
The last deal of the day was involving the St. Louis Blues, who will send Wade Redden to Boston for just a seventh-round draft pick -- a sixth-rounder if he is to play in the playoffs. Redden has never played for the B's, but has previously played with captain Zdeno Chara and currently injured Chris Kelly when the trio were on the Senators. The Bruins picked up Chara as a free agent in 2006 when the Senators chose to re-sign Redden instead of the 6'9" defender.
The Bruins have had some defensive struggles with the sometimes lackadaisical play of Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk, not to mention the Adam McQuaid injury. With a player like Redden, the Bruins have given themselves a player who can make those on the ice with him a better player. With under a month remaining and every point making a difference, the Bruins look to be in good shape.