It wasn’t anything more than a minor-league deal involving players in need of a change of scenery, but it was the first official hockey deal on NHL trade deadline day.
The Bruins sent 2008 second-round pick Max Sauve to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for gritty, fighting center Rob Flick. The 22-year-old Flick is a lefty shooting center that isn’t an offensive guy, but has racked up nearly 100 PIMs in each of his two AHL seasons while putting his 6-foot-2, 208-pound frame to good use. Flick had five points and 97 penalty minutes in 51 games for the Rockford IceHogs this season.
Meanwhile the 23-year-old Sauve moves on to Chicago after appearing in exactly one game with the Boston Bruins where he suffered an injury that knocked him out of the game in his very first period of action. Injuries have been a problem for Sauve during his career in the B’s organization, and he was never able to build on the 21-goal season he had during his first full year in the AHL.
He had 10 goals and 23 points for the P-Bruins along with a plus-3 this season, but appears that he’ll be a P.J. Axelsson-type bottom six guy in the NHL if he ever does establish himself at that level.
Sauve’s entry-level contract will be up after this season and the Bruins were going to be forced to make a decision on the French winger while Flick is just finishing up the first season of his three-year entry level deal. So he’ll presumably be around the Bruins organization for the next couple of years as a young pivot ready to potentially contribute if needed in a fourth-line role.