Re: Bold Move: NSH - BOS
posted at 1/17/2014 8:24 AM EST
In response to superj2k10's comment:
Both teams are struggling in particular departments. NSH has had a tough time scoring this year and notoriously have relied on strong goaltending and structured defense to get by. Obviously, a one-dimensional philosophy gets you only so far.
NSH has been looking for a top-line center and some scoring punch on the wing. The trade with WSH which nabbed them Filip Forseberg for Erat was a no brainer but NSH wants to win now while creating a window to contend for the CUP for the next 3-4 years.
BOS has obviously tried to focus on building a dynamic backend the last few years. Whether its through trades (Krug / Barkowski) or draft (Hamilton). Although players like McQuaid and Boychuck have been solid defensemen the Bruins have struggled to establish a true 3-4 combination. With the lost of Seidenberg that weakness has been exploited. Guys like Miller, Trotman may turn out to be decent 5/6 guys but are clearly not the answer.
They say opposites attract and in this case NSH and BOS make perfect dance partners for a possible Blockbuster "Hockey Deal".
BOS sends: Krejci+Eriksson+Bartkowski+1st
NSH sends: Weber+Wilson+Forseberg
To most BOS fans, this may seem like a steep price to pay. Please keep in mind you are getting a top 3 defencemen in the entire league. One, who i believe is only second to Chara. In reality, i cannot say the same for Krejci. Hes a good centermen and lights out in the playoffs but i would not put him as a top 3 guy at his position, not even top 10. He has a history of inconsistency and gets into long pointless spells throughout the season. Believe me, this is not the reason I would trade Krejci as he has a lot of intangibles as well.
In addition to Weber, you get CT native Wilson who is a big body and generally a plus player. He can solidify the third line center position with Kelly and Soderberg. In the loss of Eriksson, you get a promising top six scoring forward prospect in Forseberg who is also a big body.
This will be a tough deal to make under any circumstance but you need to give in order to get.
Just thought i throw this one out there!
If I am in PC's office as much as I like David Krejci ....I'd make that trade right now