Boston Bruins Players Most Likely to Be Traded in 2013-14
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The Boston Bruins have traded aggressively in the Peter Chiarelli era, and that probably won't change in 2013-14.
Chiarelli pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal this summer that sent Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Dallas for Loui Eriksson and three prospects. He'll continue to work the phones throughout the season.
With the likes of Ryan Spooner, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow pushing for NHL spots, Boston has the necessary flexibility to move a veteran. They also could try to bring in an extra piece or two at the trade deadline.
Here are the Bruins players most likely to be shopped this season:
2009 first-round pick Jordan Caron is the Bruins' 13th forward for the moment, but he might not have made the cut if not for a new one-way contract signed in the summer.
Caron's one-year deal would require him to clear waivers in order to return to Providence. Boston effectively had to keep him in the NHL to hold on to him.
The winger is a very effective penalty killer, but his lack of offensive upside ought to restrict him to a bottom-six role in the future.
Boston has plenty of forwards in Providence ready to take Caron's place in a TD Garden skybox. Rather than force the 22-year-old to spectate, the Bruins might consider shipping him out.
According to the Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont, Caron ought to net the Bruins a conditional second- or third-round pick.
If a team is willing to offer a second-rounder, Caron won't be a Bruin after the deadline.
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After a very disappointing season, Chris Kelly could be on the trading block.
In 2011-12, Kelly was the best third-line center in the National Hockey League. In his first full season with the Bruins, he scored a career-high 20 goals and finished with a tremendous plus-33 rating.
Last season was a different story. The Bruins' alternate captain scored just three goals and had a minus-eight rating. The loss of winger Benoit Pouliot and a woeful campaign from the since-traded Rich Peverley didn't help, but Kelly still has to be held accountable.
The center's awful season was made worse by the fact that he had just signed a four-year, $12 million deal. Overpaid and underachieving are two adjectives often applied to trade-blocked players.
Bruins top prospect Ryan Spooner is NHL-ready and may already be a better player than Kelly, but the youngster will be stuck in Providence until an NHL center spot opens up.
According to The Fourth Period's Shawn Hutcheon, Kelly was shopped this summer. Though none of the talk resulted in a trade, the phone could still ring at any moment.
The 32-year-old Kelly has tremendous value as a two-way center and locker-room leader, but he still has to start scoring again. New wingers Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith might get him back on track, but a slow start could mean the end for Kelly in Boston.
The Bruins traded young defenseman Matt Bartkowski last season...or so they thought. The Bruins had agreed to send the Ohio State product to Calgary in exchange for Jarome Iginla before Iginla opted for a move to Pittsburgh.
The Bruins had the last laugh, as Bartkowski jumped to the NHL level just in time for a breakout postseason. Now both Bartkowski and Iginla are playing in Boston.
However, that doesn't mean the defenseman's future is settled.
The 25-year-old defender has a brutal battle for ice time on his hands. Veterans Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk have guaranteed slots in the top four, and youngsters Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid are battling with Bartkowski for the remaining minutes.
Though "Bart" is a mature two-way defender, he simply can't match the upside of Hamilton and Krug, and he may be seen as an impediment to their growth.
AHLers Joe Morrow and Zach Trotman give the Bruins enough depth to dangle Bartkowski on the market.
Unable to utilize Bartkowski's skills properly in their crowded defensive corps, the Bruins might have to consider a trade.