NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance with Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Bruins news. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page .
Brickley said he likes what the NHL  has done by involving its best players in the Olympics, bringing greater recognition around the world, but he said it might be time to try a different approach.
“I was in favor of the NHL  players going to the Olympics when they were trying to globalize their game and sell their game and let everybody know what a great sport this can be, especially when you have the best players in the world representing their countries and what it means to them to play for their countries,” he said. “You get great hockey and it’s high competition and the love for the game and the love for the homeland is all on that giant stage, and that’s awesome.
“But I would rather see that in the World Cup . They’ve been to the Olympics, I think that they’ve done what they set out to do when they first went to the Olympics. I’m not excited about some of the stories I’ve heard coming from Russia and the situation that Sochi is. …
“That being said, when you do get the kind of competition that is expected in this Olympics and you have the greatest players playing, there’s nothing better. I love the Stanley cup  finals, but this is about your country, and it’s once every four years.”
Talking about Tukka Rask and his role with Finland, Brickley said the ideal situation as a Bruins fan is for him to be as rested as possible the Olympics.
“As a Bruins fan, sure, I want to see this guy come back as well-rested as possible. You saw at times, he’s on the learning curve as to how to deal with an NHL  schedule, the workload that he’s had.”
Added Brickley: “So this is new territory for him and he’s not really built like a Ben Bishop at 6-6 and 230 pounds. It’s a workload for him. I like the way he plays when he plays well. He allows the game to come to him and that conservation of moment, that’s all good. But I think ideally the best situation is he goes over there, he represents Finland, he plays, he plays well, but he plays the fewest amount of games possible.”
Turning to the Bruins, Brickley touched on the possibility of a trade in the coming weeks and if they can find a partner to pull one off.
“The hardest part will be who is going to want to deal with the Bruins,” Brickley said. “Who would be willing to give what the Bruins are definitely looking for, whether they’re saying it publicly or not, in order to make them maybe a favorite to win the Eastern Conference. That’s where you get a really small subset of teams, if any at all, when you’re trying to acquire a player that’s going to be maybe your No. 2 defenseman when you’re going in the playoffs.”
If the right deal is available, Brickley thinks that the Bruins, based on their recent history, would be willing to part with players and prospects.
“I believe the Bruins have showed, in the past, that they have a willingness, based upon whatever they have in the cupboard, that they are OK with subtracting something to go get what they feel they need to win now.”
Added Brickley: “But you’re trying to win right now, and they’ve dealt first-round picks in the past. Not saying that is something that they are willing to do this time around. But they understand that they may have to subtract a player currently on this roster or even a prospect or even two players if they feel that the right deal is out there to be made, and that’s probably what it’s going to take in order to go get what I think a lot of the Bruins fan base is looking for the Bruins to do.”