On a team that's pressing for any sort of luck on offense, the Bruins have resorted to exploring the trade market for that spark. The first name that has found it's way into the rumor mill is the Colorado Avalanche's 24-year-old captain, Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog has had a relatively down year, mustering up just 12 points (6 G and 6 A) in 28 games on a 12-25-1 Avs team.
The rumored return for a Landeskog-to-Boston deal would include a package of Brandon Carlo and a top prospect going to Colorado.
Now when I look at the holes that fill this Boston Bruins team, they do absolutely nothing to wow you except not allow goals when Tuukka Rask is in the net. And that's no thanks to the defense, Tuukka has just been unreal. Look at the offense, they can't score aside from a few guys, and they lack real star power on the blue line. So to be required to give up a player like Brandon Carlo, who's 19 and has already shown the signs that he could be a Dougie Hamilton-type defenseman with both offensive and defensive prowess, is just not the right idea if you're the Boston Bruins.
And the talked about prospect going to Colorado is Charlie McAvoy, who the Bruins selected with their first round pick in this past draft. So the Bruins would be unloading two of their better defensemen in their organization for another top 6 forward. They already have enough of those.
In fact, if I'm Don Sweeney, my first move is to strengthen the blue line in some capacity. Anything to make sure that John-Michael Liles isn't a lock to be in the starting lineup when he returns. My guy would be Cam Fowler because he is a good compliment to Carlo on that first line.
You have to try and strengthen your weakest link first, and then adjust your team accordingly. The defense still isn't going to magically become better because they add Gabriel Landeskog. I feel like a lot of the Bruins offensive struggles actually have to do with how bad their defense is. They are constantly spending 30 seconds to a minute in the defensive zone, especially with their top 2 lines on the ice. So we are talking about guys like Riley Nash or Jimmy Hayes, or Anton Blidh being on the ice when they're in the offensive zone. And you wonder why they can't score?