Last week, Bruins GM, Don Sweeney told members of the media that he was willing to move the team’s 18th pick in the first round for the right deal.
Now we know there are rumors swirling that the Bruins and Minnesota Wild have been engaged in talks about blueliner Jonas Brodin per CSNNE.
One hockey source indicated to CSNNE there should be attention paid to the ongoing trade discussions between the Bruins and Wild for a couple of reasons. Those talks first started leading up to this past season’s trade deadline. The 23-year-old Brodin Is a left-shot D-man with cost certainty signed for four more years at $4.166 million and has been a top-four defenseman for the Wild since breaking into the league as a teenager. The 6-foot-1, 194-pound Brodin is coming off a career-high 25 points, while also averaging a career-low 19:34 of ice time, and has settled in as a solid, two-way D-man who’s never going to dazzle anybody with his workmanlike skill set.
The Wild are one of the teams that could be most affected by the upcoming expansion draft. There is a strong chance that the Wild could lose one of Matt Dumba or Jonas Brodin to the Vegas Golden Knights. Doing so would yield them no return which is why trade talks are plentiful prior to the expansion draft.
With Minnesota not having a 1st or 2nd round pick in this year’s NHL Amateur Draft, they could have an interest in the Bruins 1st rounder.
Joe Haggerty proposed the idea of packaging Ryan Spooner and the 18th pick for the Top 4 Swedish defenseman. Unfortunately, that would put another player on the Wild roster that needs protection before the expansion draft.
According to NHL Insider, Elliotte Freidman, the Wild are currently vexed by the protection dilemma their roster is currently causing.
“I think the big question in Minnesota is if they try to add Jason Pominville to waive for the expansion draft – and he says no – what do they do. What’s their decision.
“I think also they don’t want to leave Jason Zucker unprotected. It’s amazing – a year ago they signed him to a two-year deal and we all thought he was the guy who was going to be unprotected. I don’t think that’s the case anymore.
Luckily, the removal of Spooner in a deal can be danced around due to the draft exemption rules.
NHL players in the first two years of professional play are exempt from being selected in the expansion draft. This means the Bruins can add 1-2 of their prospects to the 18th pick in the hopes that will get Minnesota to sign off on a deal.
My opening proposal would include left-handed defenseman, Jakub Zboril and someone like Ryan Fitzgerald.
Getting a third team involved could also be an avenue pursued by Don Sweeney if the prospects or Spooner don’t meet the Wild’s asking price.
Matt Beleskey to Vegas?
Much like the Minnesota Wild expansion dilemma, the Bruins will be faced with one of their own.
Boston could be faced with the possibility of losing one of Kevan Miller or Colin Miller.
One way they could avoid that problem is by attaching draft pick compensation to lure Vegas GM, George McPhee, into taking Matt Beleskey.
There is a precedent for such a deal to take place. Back in the 2000 NHL draft, the Wild and Blue Jackets received “future considerations” in return for draft picks or players so neither team would select San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
Getting the Golden Knights to take the 3 years at $3.8 MM per year that Beleskey is owed, will be a tough task for Don Sweeney.
For one, the left winger is coming off a very down year. Beleskey only played 49 games and finished with just 3 goals and 5 assists despite starting 53% of his shifts in the Offensive Zone.
Making matters more difficult is the fact that Boston has no third round pick and may need their first and second round picks in order to pull off a Jonas Brodin trade.
The idea is a creative one but the chances this happens appear unrealistic.