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Are the Bruins looking for a right-handed defenseman in the NHL trade market?

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Are the Boston Bruins one of the many NHL teams in the NHL Trade Market looking for help on the right side of the blue line?

In the latest episode of TSN ‘Insider Trading’, Darren Dreger named 4 out of 5 Canadian NHL teams as looking for defense in the NHL trade market.

“Look, the list of Canadian teams on the market for defense is growing. You know, the Chiclun are expensive and the demands are outrageous, so Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton or Vancouver will yield. and pay the price, or look elsewhere,” Dreger said.

This prompted several calls to NHL executives and scouts on Tuesday. Here is what we have collected.

If the price were right, despite the great depth to the left of the blue line, the Boston Bruins would certainly enter Jakob Chiklung when NHL trade talks heat up.

“Depending on their health in the coming weeks or months, [Matt] Grzelcyk or Carlo could get a player like Chychrun,” an NHL executive told Boston Hockey Now on Tuesday. “Can you imagine the left side? They say they don’t trade Grzelcyk?” [Hampus] Lindholm, Chiklun, and him in the bottom left? ”

It will certainly be a formidable left side, but if the Bruins decide to explore the NHL trade market, their immediate focus will be on finding the stopping gap on the right side of the blue line. Despite beating the Arizona Coyotes 6-3 with Connor Clifton’s lone natural right shot defense and getting another right shot defense in Anton Stralman on Tuesday, their defense is 7 I was completely confused by the -5 loss. Ottawa Senator. Unfortunately, Stralman was a major part of it as it shook off the expected rust.

That pound hockey game, which unfolded on an icy Tuesday at the Canadian Tire Center, saw the Bruins defense, who started the season, top right shot and best overall defense, Charlie McAvoy (shoulder), out until December. It wasn’t a complete surprise given we knew it was likely. , and played two games in a row without Brandon Carlo’s second-best right rear guard. After all, the Bruins were facing an attack from Senators who added the likes of Claude his Giroud and Alex his Devlin Cat and were looking for their first win before their first sellout since 2017. . To the OVER that hockey bettors may see this season.

That’s all true, but my co-writer Joe Haggerty still didn’t overreact so much when he suggested there was likely more pond hockey in the Bruins’ future.

But the other part of the equation is the Bruins’ ranking of 22.nd in the NHL on defense while allowing 3.75 goals per game. It’s great that they’re scoring goals at a pace that hasn’t been seen since his 1970s Bobby Or Bruins.

But the Boston Bruins need to beef up their defense instead of believing they can score more than the rest until the Cavalry returns from the long injured list. The season is still early, but games like Tuesday night’s shootout in Ottawa have seen a new coaching staff focused on playing fast, attacking hockey at the expense of tight defense. This is noteworthy and requires attention because it is placed…’

One NHL scout who agreed with this assessment told BHN that he heard Bruins general manager Don Sweeney wanted help on the right side heading into the season, as he previously reported. When Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery was asked about his team’s defense, specifically how he checked after the loss to the Senators, he didn’t mince words. .

“Our check, I think is the best word to describe it, was terrible. We were on the wrong side of the pack and didn’t come back strong enough, so the goalkeeper I left it to dry out,” Montgomery told the NESN postgame.

Again, it’s one game, but with Carlo’s return in the air and McAvoy still looking like December, how ‘wicked’ Sweeney can be before he turns to the NHL trade market for help. will it be?