Breakdown of possible Bruins trade targets: Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe, Mark Streit, etc.
|03.29.13 at 2:01 pm ET|
With Jarome Iginla off the market, the Bruins still are hoping to bring in an impact player before the April 3 trade deadline, likely a defenseman to bolster their depth there or a top-nine forward. Here’s a look at who they may be considering.
Martin St. Louis, F, Lightning
Despite having the third- and fourth-highest scorers in the league, Tampa Bay is outside the playoff picture looking in right now, and consequently, rumors have swirled about a possible St. Louis trade. St. Louis, 37, has eight goals and 34 assists this year in 33 games, and his 42 points are good for fourth in the league behind Steven Stamkos.
Tampa GM Steve Yzerman told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun Friday that St. Louis will not be traded. With Iginla off the market, though, many see St. Louis as second prize, another forward who’s past his prime but can clearly still make a significant impact. He is signed through next season with a $5.625 million cap hit and a no-trade clause.
Here’s a look at St. Louis scoring a hat trick in his 900th career game, against the Devils on Feb. 4, 2012.
Jaromir Jagr, F, Stars
Plenty of teams would love to bring in Jagr at the deadline for a playoff run, but the Stars reportedly would like to re-sign him. Jagr’s 25 points (14 goals and 11 assists) are a team high, and he’s making $4.55 million on his current one-year deal.
In many ways, Jagr is the perfect rental option: he has playoff experience with the Penguins, Capitals, Rangers and Flyers, and likely would come relatively cheap. At 41, he’s keeping up with Dallas’ younger forwards, as he did with Claude Giroux in Philadelphia last year. The question will be whether Dallas — now tied for 10th place in the West, but just three points behind eighth-place St. Louis — will give him up.
Here he is making a no-look pass to Loui Eriksson for a goal on Jan. 19.
Ryane Clowe, F, Sharks
This season has been a tough one for Clowe: He has 11 assists and no goals through 27 games, and he missed some time with a shoulder injury. But with free agency looming for him at the end of this season, teams have shown interest in the 6-foot-2, 225-pound forward, the Bruins and Oilers among them. Clowe could fill a role on one of the Bruins’ bottom two lines, perhaps competing with Rich Peverley for time.
ESPN Boston reported this week that Clowe is someone the Bruins “have scouted heavily and have interest in.” His production is down significantly, but he usually hovers right around the 20-goal mark, with 17, 24, 19 and 22 in his last four seasons. His mean streak hasn’t faded this season: he has 77 penalty minutes this year after recording 97 last year in almost three times as many games.
Here’s Clowe showing off his physicality against Vancouver on Jan. 27.
Mark Streit, D, Islanders
The Bruins are thin on defense due to injuries, and 35-year-old Islanders captain Streit could bring a stabilizing presence to a defensive corps that’s had a hard time preserving leads. He has five goals and 12 assists this year (278 points in 477 games in his career), and eight of his points this year have come on the power play, an area where the Bruins sorely need help.
The Islanders have relied on Streit for an average of 24:17 per game this year. The Bruins wouldn’t have to lean on him quite so much, but his presence as a solid veteran defender could relieve some of the pressure on Zdeno Chara. Pierre McGuire and Andy Brickley both have said they think Streit would be a strong acquisition for the Bruins. He’s set to be a free agent after this year.
Here’s Streit setting up a power-play goal for the Islanders on March 5.
Ryan Whitney, D, Edmonton
TSN’s Bob McKenzie, among others, has reported that the Bruins are interested in the 30-year-old Whitney. Another offensively gifted defenseman, Whitney excelled on the power play early in his career, when he was setting up Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh. In 2006-07 and 2007-08, he had 59 and 40 points, respectively. Over the last two years as an Oiler, he’s a minus-25 with 24 points, although some of that may be due to playing for weak Edmonton teams. Shutdown defense has never been his strong suit, but like Streit, he could add to the Bruins’ power play.
If the Bruins brought in Whitney, a Scituate native who played at Boston University, they’d be banking on him turning a rough year around upon joining a better team. He’s been a healthy scratch several times this season, despite being paid $4 million, and has expressed some frustration with his situation there. Whitney will be a free agent at the end of this season.
Here’s Whitney scoring for Edmonton on March 1.
Jay Bouwmeester, D, Calgary
Bouwmeester is the backbone of Calgary’s defense, averaging a team-high 25:16 on the ice per game. He has six goals and nine assists this year, and his performance hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Red Wings, Flyers, Senators and Blues are reportedly interested, although the Flyers have grown even more likely to be sellers than buyers since that report.
ESPN’s John Buccigross said Thursday that he’d rather see Bouwmeester than Iginla in Boston, because Bouwmeester would bring mobility to the Boston defense, something the B’s need more than they need another top-six forward. However, the cost could be an issue: Bouwmeester is signed through next year, when he’ll carry a cap hit of $6.68 million. He also has a no-trade clause.
Here’s Bouwmeester scoring a goal against Chicago on Feb. 2.