NHL Trade Deadline: Teams That Must Make Bold Moves
The NHL trade deadline rapidly approaching, and rumors are beginning to saturate the web about which teams should make bold moves and which should stand pat.
While it's a pivotal time for teams to decide between being buyers or sellers, there are always teams that choose to be active in attempt to make a push for the postseason.
So, which teams need a big move to get them over the top and into the hunt for a Stanley Cup?
Let's take a look at a few of those teams.
The Boston Bruins are currently sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, but they'll need to make a bold move if they want to get past the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins.
Enter Jaromir Jagr.
At 41 years old, Jagr is having another great season in his Hall of Fame career. He's scored 13 goals and added 11 assists and has been terrific on the power play, too, with five goals and two assists.
He'd be a great addition for the Bruins. Not only would he improve a power play that is currently ranked 22nd in the league, but he would also add another layer of scoring to a team that already can score. He would fit terrifically with David Krejci and perhaps Milan Lucic to form a dangerous second line.
The cost to acquire Jagr would probably be minimal—perhaps a mid- to late-round draft pick or a marginal prospect, but it would greatly improve the Bruins' chances for winning a Cup.
New York Rangers
After an offseason in which many thought the Rangers would win the Stanley Cup, the Blueshirts have struggled and are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference.
They could use a better power play and some more depth scoring.
One name that could interest the team is Dan Boyle. According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, the Rangers are interested in the defenseman:
• The New York Rangers have been on the lookout for a top-four, right-handed defenseman and a source told me Tuesday that the Blueshirts have interest in veteran Dan Boyle from the Sharks. There’s an obvious connection there, with Rangers head coach John Tortorella having coached Boyle in Tampa Bay when the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004.
With Marc Staal out indefinitely, the Rangers need another top-four defenseman, which is exactly what Boyle is. Boyle would also upgrade a power play that is currently ranked 25th in the league, as he has four power-play goals and six assists on the season.
Boyle makes $6.6 million through next season, according to CapGeek, so the Rangers would have to give something of significance back.
The most logical candidate would be Marian Gaborik, whose $7.5 million contract through next season would not fit with Boyle's. They could trade Gaborik for Boyle and T.J. Galiardi. That would give the Rangers a defenseman who can help on the power play and a winger who would add valuable depth.
Poor Anaheim. Despite having a terrific season with 48 points, the Ducks still sit second in the Western Conference behind the Chicago Blackhawks, who have 51 points.
To keep pace and eventually catch the Blackhawks, the Ducks need to make a move.
The player they should be targeting is Derek Roy. The Dallas center is available and on Anaheim's radar, according to Pierre LeBrun.
Roy has four goals and 14 assists for the Stars and would provide a legitimate second-line center for the Ducks.
The best way to beat the Blackhawks is with offensive possession.
Adding Roy—a fine player in his own right—would add so much depth throughout the Ducks' lineup that their offensive possession would skyrocket.
The more high-quality, offensively skilled players you have, the more time you're going to have the puck. The more you have the puck, the less the other team does. This is the only way to beat a team that is as talented as the Blackhawks.
A trade for Roy, potentially giving up a No. 1 pick and a prospect or two, is a great way to try to unseat the 'Hawks from the top of the conference.
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