When looking at the Bruins’ roster as it related to the trade deadline Wednesday, it seemed the B’s needed a forward — at the very least, they needed a depth guy, but adding a player who could handle top-six responsibilites would be a plus given the uncertainty of the concussed Nathan Horton‘s season.
Then Wednesday night happened. Rich Peverley‘s knee-to-knee collision with Hal Gill left the forward — who was already filling in for Horton on David Krejci‘s line — with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that Peverley will miss four to six weeks.
And because of that, it shouldn’t be Chiarelli’s only announcement in the next few days. The B’s went from needing a forward to needing a pair of forwards, and if Chiarelli could repeat his magic of a season ago (when he brought in Peverley and Chris Kelly in separate deals), the B’s would be in far better shape than they are now.
The issue is that unlike last year, the Bruins don’t have a couple of tradeable NHL players like Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. If they want to upgrade, they’ll need to use draft picks and/or prospects.
So who might fit the bill for the Bruins in their time of need? On Wednesday we took a look at Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne, who has 19 goals this season for the Ducks. He should remain an option for the B’s in the coming days, but he isn’t the only right wing they could land.
Take Colorado’s David Jones, for example. Like Peverley, Jones is a native of Guelph, Ontario. He isn’t a solution for the top line, but he would fit the bill as a depth guy to take minutes on the third line. He’s had a modest season thus far with 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points, but last season’s 27-goal campaign showed that he could score more than people may have thought. Jones plays on Colorado’s top line with Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk.
One thing to watch with Jones is his underwhelming shots on goal total. In 48 games, he has just 69 shots on goal, or 1.43 a night. That’s right around where the likes of Shawn Thornton (1.40 shots on goal per game) and Kelly (1.49) have been this season.
Jones is on a one-year deal with a $2.5 million cap hit, making him an affordable option as a rental should the B’s make a play for him. One thing that could hold up a deal is the fact that Colorado is five points out of a playoff spot in the Western conference.