Plenty of rumors surrounding the Bruins this week. The big one is a possible trade with the Wild for 23-year-old defenseman Jonas Brodin. And to that I say … DO IT DONNY!
Brodin is the perfect left shot, solid d-man the Bruins need to pair with Charlie McAvoy. Not one to light the score sheet on fire, Brodin still put up a career high 25 points and was a plus 20 last year. Plus, for you advanced stats geeks, Brodin’s Fenwick percentage at 5-on-5 was 51.1%, and anything over 50% means the Wild was controlling the puck more often than not with him on the ice in this situation.
In short, a really good fit. And all it would take apparently is the Bruins’ first rounder in the draft, which is #18. Again, a no brainer.
But the Bs shouldn’t stop there. Minnesota has a couple of RFAs, and there is one in particular that the Bruins should target: Nino Niederreiter. Coming off career highs in goals and points, Niederreiter would be a great fit on the left alongside David Krejci.
Minnesota has only about $11M in cap space, and also has RFA Mikael Granlund to try and sign. They’re somewhat hamstrung by the cap thanks to insane contracts to Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, and Jason Pominville. Seriously, if you think the Bruins have given out some bad deals, have a look at what Parise, Suter and Pominville make. It’s hilarious.
So, Brodin and Niederreiter, huh? For whom, you ask? Well, the 1st rounder for sure. Ryan Spooner? Frank Vatrano? Hell, even perhaps sell somewhat high on a Danton Heinen, who’s coming off a good playoff run for Providence. Maybe throw in a defenseman too, like a Matt Grzelcyk. Not a bad package, if you ask me.
There you go, Donny. Some free advice. Feel free to take it.