Will Kunitz Trade Open Gates For Boston Bruins' Needs?

Andrew CrowContributor IFebruary 26, 2009

Thursday saw the first "big" trade before this season's trade deadline. Obviously, I'm talking about the deal involving the ex-Penguin Ryan Whitney and Sidney Crosby's new winger, Chris Kunitz

Whitney was practically chased out of Pittsburgh after his pitiful comeback from his injury early in the season. Sergei Gonchar's return to the blue line and the presence of young defensemen Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski also made Whitney expendable.

In exchange, the Penguins, who are still fighting to make the playoffs, received the 29-year-old Kunitz. He has 35 points so far this year and is described as having a similar style of Ryan Malone. The Ducks were looking to get rid of Kunitz because of his $3.5 million salary; they needed to trim some cash due to the huge number of UFAs on the roster.

So, now to my point. Will this trade open the floodgates for the rest of the GMs throughout the league? There has been constant debate as to whether the Bruins need to make a trade in order to make a splash in the playoffs. In my opinion, they need a big lefty for the PP and to help out Patrice Bergeron

Keith Tkachuk would be the perfect fit, but another name that has been floating around is Erik Cole from Edmonton. Unfortunately, Edmonton's price for Cole is rather steep, and Tkachuk has a NMC.

The Bruins could also use help on the blue line. Chris Pronger's name is being thrown around, and the trade for Whitney opens new doors. Another talented, veteran d-man who could be on the move is Toronto Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle. However, anyone interested in Kaberle is going to have to mortgage the future, as Brian Burke is looking for a first round pick, an NHL replacement, and a top prospect for a man currently on the IR with a sore hand. 

Finally, Jordan Leopold of the Colorado Avalanche is rumored to be on the trading block and apparently is in Peter Chiarelli's crosshairs. Personally, I find Leopold to be entirely unremarkable, despite his skill as a puck-moving defenseman. What's PC going to do? There are only about six more days for him to make a move.

I'd appreciate any rumors or comments anyone feels like leaving.

The next thing I feel like talking about now is very close to my heart and one of my fantasy rosters. Scott Clemensson (Boston College FTW), the current goalie for the Lowell Devils, was returned to the AHL today following the return of Martin Brodeur.  Obviously Brodeur is an All-World calibur goalie and should start for the Devils, but seriously, come on. 

Clemensson went 25-13-1 for the Devils after Marty went down with injury and posted 2.39 GAA and a .917 save percentage. No love for Scott here, this move was a huge blow to my fantasy hopes this season.

Finally, on a different note, am I the only person that is excited that Stephon Marbury is (most likely) coming to the Celtics? I have three words for anyone who doesn't think the Celtic's "team first" attitude will affect him: Randy F-ing Moss.