Plenty of reasons why KrejciRyan makes sense

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Plenty of reasons why KrejciRyan makes sense

BOSTON -- The Bobby Ryan trade rumors are nothing more than that at this point in time, but things could heat up if the right combination of players is found.

Orange County Register reporter Mark Whicker was on 98.5 the Sports Hubs The DA Show on Thursday night, and concluded that a Bruins trade offer of center David Krejci and a first round pick would be the one to beat and might get the deal done.

One reporters opinion is obviously a far cry from the 25-year-old right winger coming to Boston.

But a trade with the Anaheim Ducks for a 6-foot-2, 218-pound right wing thats put up 136 goals and 259 points in 334 career games is the one deal that conservative GM Peter Chiarelli might not be able to say no thanks to. If the trade does indeed include Krejci and a first rounder expected to be in the 25-30 range to an Anaheim club looking to shore up their center depth between Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivu, then the pieces appear to be in place for both sides.

Adding a young prospect like Jordan Caron or Ryan SpoonerJared Knight, to a Krejci and a pick package would probably be too much for one player in return, but that wouldnt be the hold-up at this point in the summer.

Sources indicated to CSNNE.com that trade talks with several teams have centered on Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton as desired trade pieces, and that could very well be the case with the Ducks. If thats the case then the Bruins are doing the right thing waiting it out for the price to drop on Ryan, who is a cheaper but equally productive alternative to the Rick Nash sweepstakes.

Interestingly Ryan and Krejci have scored nearly an identical number of points (259 to 276) since 2007-08 and have salary cap hits just north of 5 million each season. So there are some easy parallels in a swap of the two players, but it cant be understated how much goal-scoring is valued over pretty much anything else in NHL player evaluation circles.

Krejci has put up some electric performances in the playoffs before fizzling this spring, and couldn't play for the Bruins if he wasn't a committed top-six center in all areas. But he'll also be the highest paid forward on the Bruins next season (5.25 million per season) on a team that needs to pony up for guys namedLucic, Marchand, Seguin and Horton after this upcoming season is over.

Ryan has scored at least 31 goals and 57 points in each of his four full seasons with the Ducks, and the former No. 2 overall pick doesnt appear to be on the trading block due to any personality issues.

One former teammate of Ryans said he was a good kid during his early years in Anaheim as a 20-year-old rookie, and his personality wouldnt be a problem within the Bruins dressing room.

Instead it seems to be more about salary and cap hit with the Ducks looking to create a more balanced front line with depth and strength down the middle of the ice.

Meanwhile the Bruins covet size, strength and skill on the wing, and Ryan represents all three of those things. But Ryan has also spoken openly about his desire to severe ties with the Ducks after theyve tossed his name on the trade block multiple times, and now the pressure is on Anaheim to deal an obviously unhappy player before training camp opens in September.

Chiarelli has said he might be a player in the secondary trade market after free agency opened, and hes kept his word about waiting. The secondary trade market is the one waiting to burst with both Nash and Ryan as the prized targets while both Columbus and Anaheim waits to see what the other team gets for a return.

If and when the Ducks ready to accept Krejci and a draft pick in return for one of the best right wings in the NHL then youll see the Bruins move swiftly to secure his services and then slide Tyler Seguin into his rightful spot at center.

But that doesnt appear to be the case for an Anaheim team still collecting and measuring offers for their winger including a potential deal from the Philadelphia Flyers club salivating at the thought of bringing in a player from nearby Cherry Hill, New Jersey and taking their time doing so.

The Bruins seem satisfied whether they make a big deal or stand point, and thats a prudent stance when teams are asking for names like Lucic, Seguin and Hamilton in potential blockbuster deals.

Ryan might come to Boston in a potentially perfect fit between player and team, but it will be on the Bruins terms or not at all.

Thats something that should satisfy everyone looking for a goal-scoring transfusion this summer.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.