Another trade deadline has come and gone. Did the Bruins make any moves? Did they try to better the team in any way? Technically, the Bruins did pick up a new player. But, it wasn’t the move we needed.
The player is the former right winger of the Winnipeg Jets, Drew Stafford. The thirty-one year old RW will add a Veteran presence to the staff and hopefully, the Bruins will bleed the last of his scoring ability out of him. This year, however, he’s having his worst season to date. He has only played forty games this season due to a lower body injury and suffering from some illnesses. In those forty games and has only posted Four Goals, Nine Assists, and a plus/minus of -2.
The addition of Stafford, is to also keep the struggling Jimmy Hayes on a very tight leash. Considering he’s only posted 5 points in his forty-nine games and the same plus/minus as Stafford. Bruins Coach Bruce Cassidy has already gone on record that if he’s available for Saturday’s game against the Canucks that he will “most likely play”.
The Bruins missed out on Goaltender Ben Bishop who would have been a great addition as a backup goalie for Tuukka Rask down the stretch. More importantly, we missed out on Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues. He was traded to the Washington Capitals for a first round pick, Rookie Zach Sanford, and prospect Brad Malone. Shattenkirk would have added a goal scoring defenseman to the Bruins defense corps and a huge boost to the powerplay. Either one of those players would have made an immediate impact to the current roster. But, fortunately or unfortunately, we didn’t win the trade deadline this year, by any means, but we definitely, didn’t get any worse.
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