In this edition of Boston Bruins News & Rumors, many have suggested that the Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele could be an option to trade if Patrice Bergeron does in fact retire. Meanwhile, the Bruins organization continues to leave the door open to a potential David Krejci return. In other news, Bruce Cassidy is very much in the hot seat after Cam Neely said the team needs to make some changes to move forward. Finally, Brad Marchand had some fun on Twitter recently, firing back at a blogger who suggested the team might be wise to postpone it this offseason.
Bruins want to add Scheifele?
As previously mentioned, there is a lot of chatter surrounding Bergeron and whether or not he will retire. The Bruins will certainly give him time to make up his mind, but if he decides to leave the game it will leave a huge hole in the Bruins’ ice depth map. However, one player they could sign as a replacement is Scheifele.
Even though Scheifele is not on the same level defensively as Bergeron, he is an elite offensive talent. That season, he scored 29 goals and 70 points in just 67 games in what fans saw as a bad year for him. That alone shows how much talent he has at his game.
While Scheifele has a modified no-trade clause in his contract, he made comments at the end of the season that suggest he might want to be removed from the Jets. If that turns out to be the case, he could very much welcome a move to Boston, a team that still has some great plays even without Bergeron. He wouldn’t come cheap by any means, but with two years left on his contract and the cap at just $6.125 million, general manager Don Sweeney is definitely worth checking out.
Krejci return still a possibility
One of the biggest things the Bruins missed this season was the ever-consistent Krejci centering their second line. After playing almost 1,000 games in a Bruins shirt, the 36-year-old decided to return and play the 2021/22 season in his native Czech Republic. However, now that the season is over, there has been talk of him returning to the NHL for the 2022-23 season. Though he admitted he hadn’t spoken to him recently, Sweeney hinted that a return was a possibility.
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“David Pastrnak traveled to the World Championships with Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark and will be playing,” Sweeney said. “Knowing how close they are, I’m sure there will be a conversation that might trickle back to me. I stayed in touch with David and his camp throughout the year. He had to make tough decisions about the promise he had made to his family overall. I finally decided to stay and do it. I’m sure that at some point he decides to come back, then hopefully I’ll get a call and we can talk. But I haven’t walked that path for several months.”
Boston Hockey Now’s Joe Haggerty brought up the point that a return from Krejci could be enough to convince Bergeron to re-sign as well, as they are very close after over a decade together. It remains to be seen, but it’s believed the Bruins are the only team he’s interested in if he decides to make a comeback to the NHL.
Cassidy’s future unclear
After a first-round elimination to the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this year, many have expressed their belief that Cassidy should be fired as Bruins head coach. While a decision has yet to be made, it seems like a serious possibility given Neely’s recent comments.
“I think we have to think about how we play and how we do some things,” Neely said. “I think Bruce is a fantastic coach. He has brought much success to this organization. I like him as a coach. So, we’ll see where it goes. I think we need to make some changes and I think Bruce alluded to that a few days ago. So, we’ll see where that goes.”
That’s not exactly ringing confirmation that he’ll be back, although nothing further has been said up to that point. Despite the disappointing departure, it’s worth noting that Cassidy helped lead that team to a 51-26-5 record this season, marking his sixth with the club. Expect to hear more about this situation in the coming days.
Marchand makes fun of bloggers on Twitter
Shortly after exiting the playoffs, a Bruins blogger named Ian McLaren suggested the team might be wise to trade Marchand this summer. His reasoning was that Bergeron may be retiring and the window may be closed and it may be wise for management to trade the 34-year-old while his value is still extremely high.
McLaren noted it was a “moderate take” but made it clear he believes it’s an idea the Bruins should explore. Marchand seemed to disagree, responding with a simple but effective message of “hard take.”
This certainly isn’t the first time Marchand has addressed media members and fans alike on social media, and likely won’t be the last. As annoying as it may sometimes be on the ice, it also causes a stir off the ice.
Looking ahead for Bruins
Given their exit, the Bruins have a long summer ahead of them to take some time off and head into the 2022-23 season healthy. As for player swapping, we probably won’t see any of that for quite some time. The only big thing to watch out for is the situation with Cassidy, as many aren’t sure if he’s staying or going. While that remains uncertain, the positive is that this will be a very interesting off-season for this organization.
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