We are inside of the 24-hour mark until the NHL trade deadline arrives. The Bruins' Loui Eriksson is among one of the hottest names going into the 3pm deadline. A few teams, including the Blackhawks and the Maple Leafs have decided to pull the trigger on a couple moves well before the deadline arrived.
If you need a blue print on how to approach the trade deadline, look no further than Chicago's Stan Bowman. It seems every year, especially in Boston, we get an earful on how difficult it is to make a trade at the deadline. Bowman is the epitome of what it takes to win in any sport. The Blackhawks have been Stanley Cup contenders for the past decade and that's exactly how Bowman approaches the deadline.
The Blackhawks were obviously buyers at the deadline, sending a first rounder, right winger Marko Dano and a conditional pick to Winnipeg to bring Andrew Ladd back to Chicago. Chicago had a big hole at winger, and Bowman made the necessary moves to fill that hole. The Blackhawks have solidified their offense and have almost forced other contending teams like LA, Dallas or Washington to make a move to keep up.
The Maple Leafs and the Sharks have also completed a trade, with Toronto sending goalie James Reimer to San Jose. The Sharks also acquired forward Jeremy Morin while sending goalie Alex Stalock, forward Ben Smith and a conditional fourth rounder in 2018 to the Maple Leafs. Reimer will serve as backup to former Bruin Martin Jones.
The Hurricanes' Eric Staal has been sent to the Rangers in exchange for 2 second round picks and prospect Alex Saarela. Staal, has spent his entire career with Carolina and now looks to bring some offensive fire power to New York. Being a Bruins fan, the fact that the Rangers got Staal for the same price as Brett Connolly only increases my hatred for Peter Chirarelli.
With only hours left, the trade talks revolving around Loui Eriksson have begun to heat up. The Bruins have waived Zac Rinaldo, opening up a roster spot, and increasing the possibility of a trade. The Ducks, Blues and Wild have emerged as the top teams to land the Bruins' winger. While talks with the Ducks seem to have stalled, Joe Haggerty has reported that the Wild are interested in dealing defenseman Jonas Brodin. However, The Bruins will most likely have to add another piece to the deal to make it happen.
This Bruins team definitely has other players that could be moved in this next few hours, but as of now, the only talks are with Loui Eriksson. If the Bruins were to move Eriksson, it would save a lot of cap space that they can then spend on players like Brad Marchand. The only problem then is replacing Eriksson.
With the offense playing the way it is, there is no doubt that the Bruins need to make any move they can to improve this defense. While Loui Eriksson seems to mesh well playing with David Krejci, the truth is that if Eriksson is one of your top players, then you're probably not a great team. The Bruins need to sell Eriksson and get what they can for him, then worry about finding another winger in the offseason.