What are Bruins trade options before deadline?

What are Bruins trade options before deadline?
April 2, 2013, 12:30 am
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More big names got scooped up on Monday as Jay Bouwmeester, Robyn Regehr and Michael Handzus were all dealt to the highest bidder, but once again the Bruins were in a holding pattern waiting fro things to develop. Here’s where Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins stand with some pretty big names still sitting up on the GMs “yard sale” bulletin board in the B’s offices.

Ryane Clowe: The Bruins are definitely “in on” Clowe’s services, but they have competition with the Flyers, Blackhawks, Canucks, Canadiens and Wild for a 30-year-old gritty winger without a single goal in 28 games this season. But there is also some sticker shock over the price as San Jose GM Doug Wilson is apparently looking for a first round pick and a prospect for Clowe, who wants to sign a contract extension with whichever team deals for him. Unfortunately it sounds like Clowe is looking for a 4-5 year deal that will pay him like the player that averaged 20 goals over the previous four seasons, and that whole set of circumstances should give the Bruins pause. If the price comes down a bit Clowe is still a big up-grade over Jay Pandolfo or Jordan Caron, and could revert to previous form once his shoulder problems resolve.

Dan Boyle: The San Jose defenseman is exactly the kind of puck-moving player the Bruins are looking for, and would be leading the Bruins with his 10 power play points this season. He’s also averaging more than 23 minutes of ice time per game this season, and could be packaged with Clowe to give the Bruins everything they could possibly need. The cost would likely be in the Jay Bouwmeester neighborhood of a first round pick and a pair of good prospects, but the Bruins would gladly pay that kind of freight for a player of his skill.

Jaromir Jagr: The future Hall of Fame legend still has it offensively, and can bring a wealth of big game experience to the table as a Czech Republic superstar that’s seen and done everything. The Dallas Stars were fooling with the notion of signing Jagr to a contract extension, but it appears now that Joe Nieuwendyk is listening to offers for the pure offensive players. Sources indicated to CSNNE.com that Dallas is looking for a first round pick and a prospect, and that price tag is a bit hefty for a rental player on the wrong side of 40 years old. But he might be worth it to a Bruins team that could be aided by Jagr’s ability to finish off offensive plays and help run things on the power play.

Mark Streit: The puck-moving defenseman has 17 points and 8 power play points in 35 games, and comes with the reputation as a PP specialist that could be exactly what the Bruins are looking for. There’s also a chance the Isles aren’t going to be signing Streit to an extension after inking Lubomir Visnovsky last week, but it also looks like the Isles are in the thick of a playoff hunt. So it’s difficult to see the Islanders giving him up, but the Bruins remain interested if/when Garth Snow comes looking for offers. He would easily garner a pair of second round picks that’s been the going rate for a rental defenseman, and might be able to get more than Douglas Murray and Robyn Regehr netted their former teams.

Curtis Glencross: I’d be surprised if the Bruins engage in a deal with the Calgary Flames front office the way that the Jarome Iginla deal fell apart so spectacularly, and with Calgary GM Jay Feaster speaking about how he perhaps should have been more “intellectually honest” during his dealings with Boston during a radio interview in Calgary. The 30-year-old winger has 14 goals and 22 points and is signed to a pretty reasonable contract over the next couple of years, and he’d seem to have the right kind of size/skill package that Boston is normally looking for. But he’s not a rental and would cost the Bruins their first round pick along with some of their best prospects – and he’s the exact kind of player that it would be end up being okay to deal Malcolm Subban no matter how much the Boston front office wants to hold onto him. The whispers have a Glencross-for-Ben Bishop trade being discussed, and that should get Boston’s attention should they finally begin dangling Subban.