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Report: Bruins talking to at least 3 different teams about Ryan Spooner trade

05.04.17 at 4:17 pm ET
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The Bruins are fielding offers on Ryan Spooner. (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports)

The Bruins are fielding offers on Ryan Spooner. (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports)

An arbitration-eligible restricted free agent this summer, Ryan Spooner may very well be done in Boston, with his name reappearing on the trade block, according to a Thursday report from The Hockey News.

But that should not be a shock.

The Bruins scratched Spooner for the final two games of their six-game playoff run in April. The second scratch was quite indicative of just how far Spooner had fallen out of favor with the B’s coaching staff, too, as the club lost center David Krejci (who is probably the closest comparable on the B’s roster at least when we talk about centers with offensive creativity in their passing game) to injury, but did not put Spooner back in action, instead opting for winger Matt Beleskey.

It was the whimpering end to a season that saw the 25-year-old put up just 11 goals, 39 points, and 145 shots in 78 games, along with two assists and a minus-2 rating in four postseason contests.

Still, there’s an interest in Spooner from at least three NHL teams.

Among those included in THN’s report are the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, and the league’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights. One source has confirmed to WEEI.com that the Canucks had an interest in Spooner earlier in the season when he his name first came up on the trade market. That said, it’s hard to imagine any of these teams having anything to offer the Bruins, as they’re all short on left-side defensive help and/or scoring wings. Vegas, of course, has zero players, but are in a situation where they could negotiate a deal with the Bruins that lands them Spooner and also allows the Bruins to maintain the defensive depth that would surely be attacked by the Golden Knights come June’s expansion draft.

The Bruins, for what it’s worth, do not have their natural second-round pick (moved in the Lee Stempniak deadline deal last year) or their natural third-round pick (traded to the Flyers in the Zac Rinaldo trade) in this year’s draft.

It’s also worth noting that the Bruins themselves did not seem fully committed to the idea of Spooner returning next season.

“Well, to be determined,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said last week when asked about Spooner’s future with the Bruins. “We’ll look at our roster and what our options are. He has options as well as a restricted free agent and we’ll have discussions with his representatives and see where there’s a fit. Ryan struggled down the stretch, had a nice bump when Bruce [Cassidy] first took over, the familiarity probably helped. Offensively it tailed off.”

Moved back to his natural center position under Cassidy (former Bruins coach Claude Julien constantly toyed with Spooner on the wing to Krejci’s left this year prior to his firing), Spooner tallied three goals and 12 points in 24 games under Cassidy’s leadership, but went 12 straight games without an even-strength point to close out his season.

“Ryan’s a talented player and he’s had a lot of success,” Sweeney continued.

“Our power play is better when he plays as well as he’s capable of playing and he can be a good complement to our group.”

Spooner has played his entire career with the Bruins, with 32 goals and 117 points in 214 NHL games.

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