(Jerome Miron - USA Today Sports)
With this recent surge the Bruins have been on, they're putting themselves in a position where they will be buyers at the Trade Deadline on March 1. The player the Bruins have been tied to the most is Colorado Avalanche forward, Gabriel Landeskog, for his goal scoring and play-making prowess. But with this new play-style under interim head coach, Bruce Cassidy, the Bruins are averaging 4.66 goals per game, albeit in just 3 games. But if you look at the Bruins roster, they're loaded with forwards who are more than capable of putting the puck in the net. The real weakness is on the blue line, and it has been since the Boychuk and Hamilton trades.
Which brings me to the name, Kevin Shattenkirk. Shattenkirk, 28, is a name we heard linked to the Bruins at various points throughout the course of last season, and into last offseason. However, the only move that Don Sweeney made for the blue line was acquiring John-Michael Liles from Carolina for a third round pick in 2016, a fifth in 2017, and prospect winger, Anthony Camara. So far, Liles has played 47 games as a Bruin and has mustered up a measly 11 points, with no goals. Now let's gather a bit of perspective here; Kevin Shattenkirk has played in 57 games this year and has put up 39 points, including 11 goals. So in 10 more games this year than Liles has in his Bruins career, Shattenkirk has scored as many goals as Liles has points.
Now obviously offense isn't everything, but when you factor in that Shattenkirk is also an above-average defensive defenseman, the Bruins get a significant upgrade on both sides of the ice. Now what could be a fair deal for both teams?
Ryan Spooner, a prospect defenseman, and a 2nd round pick
The one knock on a potential trade for the 28-year-old defenseman is that he's an unrestricted free agent after this season, so you're not entirely sure he isn't just a rental, which oftentimes becomes a stalemate in trade negotiations when it comes to a price. But the Bruins are in a position to make a legitimate run at the playoffs and need to finally show their fans they're tired of just missing the postseason.
Another issue is the Blues are currently 6th in the West. It all depends on what they think of their chances this year.
Boston needs playoff hockey back. They're in position, but just need a little help.