Why not trade Lester to build for the future?


Why not trade Lester to build for the future?

Would you do it? Would you trade a big-name, still relatively-young arm in Jon Lester for a prospect?

There's a rumor out there that the Royals might be interested in dealing their 21-year-old power-hitting prospect Wil Myers for Lester, but would that deal make sense for Boston?

"If it's gonna be a two-year window where they have to rebuild, why not trade Lester for a young guy?" Steve Buckley asked on Uno Sports Tonight. "Put Myers in there with Will Middlebrows, Ryan Kalish. All of a sudden you have the makings of a good ball club."

OK so you might do it. But would the Red Sox? They're usually pretty bent on selling as many tickets as possible and getting good TV ratings. A deal like this would fly in the face of those things. It would make this officially a -- gulp -- bridge year.

Listen to what Buckley, Joe Haggerty and Mike Felger have to say on the subject in the video above. Then leave us a comment in the box below with your thoughts.

Report: Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup


Report: Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

The Bruins will add another veteran defenseman to their training camp group fresh off the World Cup of Hockey as German D-man Christian Ehrhoff is headed to Boston on a PTO (professional tryout agreement), according to a report from TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.


The 34-year-old Ehrhoff had three assists in six World Cup games for Team Europe, and had two goals and 10 points in 48 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks last season while clearly starting to slow down a bit. He’s clearly no longer the player that averaged 14 goals and 47 points for the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-2011, and is another left-shot defenseman to add to a team that already has Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.

But it behooved the Bruins to bring in at least one “name” veteran D-man on a tryout basis during this training camp with so many needs for upgrades on the back end, and with a host of young players that might not be ready for prime time. This might also be a warning sign for young veteran Joe Morrow, a left shot D-man that has struggled a bit in training camp after coming off an erratic first full season at the NHL level.

Clearly the Bruins need more than Ehrhoff, however, even if he’s somehow re-energized with the Bruins after playing pretty well in the World Cup. The Kings were down enough on his game to put him through waivers last season, but he was a top-4 defenseman for the previous eight seasons for San Jose, Vancouver, Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to getting bounced around between the Kings and Blackhawks last season.

The added bonus with taking a look at Ehrhoff is that there’s no risk associated with a PTO, and the Bruins can simply walk away with no cost if the B’s coaching staff decides he’s not a good fit for the group in Boston. On the other hand, bringing in a Kris Russell-type would cost a great deal in terms of money and term in a free agent contract, and it might not benefit the Black and Gold club in the end result.