Nash price too rich for Bruins blood

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Nash price too rich for Bruins blood

PITTSBURGH With the NHL Draft weekend comes trade rumors swirling everywhere involving many players of interest.

Everybody knows Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is looking to unload Rick Nash for an impressive ransom, and there more than a handful of serious suitors for the power forward.

But everything CSNNE.com reported several weeks ago about potential Bruins involvement with Nash trade talk remains true. Howson and the Blue Jackets are looking for franchise building blocks in exchange for a franchise player in Nash -- a forward that also has topped 40 goals only twice, has never scored more than 80 points in a season, and cant count his playoff appearances on more than one hand.

According to multiple sources, the Bruins were informed a deal would take two players from a group of three including Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton or Milan Lucic, as well picks and prospects. Thats in line with the James van Riemsdyk chatter between the Flyers and Blue Jackets, and makes it clear that the cost for Nash would be too rich for the Bruins blood.They have no intentions of trading either Seguin or Hamilton players on the rise that could be in Boston for 10 years or more for a player in Nash that appears to be in a career plateau at age 28.

More realistic scenarios for the Bruins: Bobby Ryan with the Anaheim Ducks or Keith Yandle with the Phoenix Coyotes. Given the cap hits involved and the needs for both franchises, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli could be looking long and hard at potentially dangling center David Krejci along with a pickprospects package to make either one happen.

With both Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin potentially ready to man center positions on the top two lines next year, and Krejci ready to become the highest paid Bs forward at 5.25 million per season, the environment is there for a potential move to bring in greater offensive punch. The Bruins might be forced to move one of their defensemen group if Yandle were brought on board, but hes the kind of puck-moving power play quarterback Boston has been searching for since Chiarelli took over the Black and Gold.

Both Yandle and Ryan are signed for at least three years to come with cap hits slightly north of 5 million that would be evened out if Krejci were sent in the other direction.

There were whispers of a KrejciRyan deal before the Bs center signed his contract extension last season. Krejcis no-movement clause doesnt go into effect until July 1, 2013.

While speaking in general terms earlier this week, Chiarelli said the Bruins may revisit trade talk seeds this week at the draft that were planted with teams last spring.

A lot of the work you do leading up to the trade deadline does carry over so what I try to do is set up dealsplant seedsset up deals at the trade deadline for the summer or for the fall, said Chiarelli. So theres a lot of legwork that goes into making a trade. Theyre hard to do now, so my preparation for this trade market and upcoming trade markets starts back before the trade deadline.

Usually those deals that happen or that are talked about around the trade deadline are more for the moment, but you do get a sense of where guys feel where their roster might be in late-June, early-July from discussions at the trade deadline.

The Bruins dont appear too eager to jump on 7-8 million cap hit players like Nash or Zach Parise, but stay tuned in the secondary market on the next tier down as the Bruins listen to potential deals that might just fall into their laps this June.

Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

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Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

CHICAGO – The Bruins finished up their 2017 NHL Draft class with a bit of a project, but a 6-foot-5 defenseman with some great skating wheels is a pretty good way to go with a seventh round pick. The B’s nabbed Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac with the 204th pick in the draft, and admitted afterward that he’s an ultra-big bodied player that could take some time in the development process.

Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley said Boston is more than happy to be patient with Bukac given the tools that he’s working with as an 18-year-old prospect. Bukac had two goals and 17 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes in his first season in North America after coming over from the Czech Republic, and Bradley said that B’s scouts noted that he continued to improve and get comfortable as the season wore on.

"He's raw. He's a project. [He’s a] kid from the Czech Republic that played in the Western Hockey League,” said Bradley. “At the start of the year - he's come leaps and bounds with his development. Talking to the people - the coaches, the management, and the GM in Brandon, they're very excited about him coming back to Brandon. They're expecting big things from him. We look forward to seeing him in camp."

Bukac is starting to garner some good international experience after playing for the Czechs in the Under-18’s and the Ivan Hinkla Tournament, but this weekend it was all about his addition to the talented group of Bruins prospects in the hockey world.

"I'm so excited to be drafted by the Boston Bruins," said Bukac, who described himself as a solid two-way defenseman with a good first pass. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm so glad that I was drafted by Boston."

Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round

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Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round

CHICAGO – While the Bruins went strong two-way defenseman early in the 2017 NHL Draft, they took a shot at a more offensive-minded Swedish defenseman late with seventh-round pick of Victor Berglund.

The six-foot, 165-pound Berglund clearly has a way to go in physical development and will need to get much bigger and stronger before he’s potentially ready for the North American pro ranks, but B’s assistant GM Scott Bradley raved about the Swedish defenseman’s skill set and potential. He also noted that Boston’s entire European scouting contingent, including former B’s forward PJ Axelsson, were fully on board with taking a flier on a talented player that simply needs to develop in the Swedish hockey system.

“Our Swedish guys were on top of Berglund. They think he’s a mobile D, he’s ultra-skilled and he skates well. He’s a six-footer, but [PJ Axelsson, Svenake Svensson and Victor Nybladh] were all pounding the table for him,” said Bradley. “We went along with it and I think we might have something there. Talking to his strength coach after the fact he’s working on putting some muscle and weight on, so we look forward to seeing him at development camp.”

In 62 games at three different levels, Berglund posted five goals and 18 points last season and displayed the kind of speed, creativity and play-making that one needs from their defensemen in today’s NHL.

"I'm an offensive defenseman, who likes to play with the puck, with a great short pass," said Berglund. "I like to follow the rush up ice and want the puck."

It will be a matter of building size and strength and for Berglund to continue developing his game in Sweden for the time being, but the Bruins are certainly happy with him at the 195th pick in Saturday’s second day of the draft.