The NHL Trade Deadline is just a week away. The Boston Bruins will probably make their final push on the trade market when they return home from a five-game road trip next Saturday. General manager Don Sweeney will then have two off-days to make a definitive decision.
There have been many players rumored to be on the Bruins list. Whether it has been Artemi Panarin (read more here), or Jakob Silfverberg (read more here), those are just two names of many. The Bruins will not change their deadline plans because of David Pastrnak’s injury. Boston will also look to acquire someone with future potential. At least, that’s what Don Sweeney stated. Based on those statements it seems that trading for a rental isn’t on the Bruins radar. They rather want to add a forward who might stay with the team beyond this season.
One player who fits that description is Ryan Dzingel. A 26-year-old left-shooting versatile winger from the Ottawa Senators, Dzingel is having himself a career season. In 56 games played this season, Dzingel has collected 22 goals and 21 assists for 43 points thus far. That’s his new career-high after recording 41 points last season but in 79 games. Throughout his 246 games in the NHL, the Illinois native has gathered 125 points. He also has an affordable salary cap hit of $1,800,000. Dzingel will become an unrestricted free agent, however, any team acquiring him would make sure to re-sign him.
“I think like so many other teams are watching the Ottawa Senators. If someone like Ryan Dzingel popped into the market, depending on what’s going to happen this week with Stone and Duchene, I think Boston would be all over that. So you add another piece like that – this young man is trending toward a 30-goal scorer this year,” reported NHL Insider Darren Dreger on TSN this Monday.
“Let’s say Boston adds a piece. They’re going to do something, and that’s going to make them even tougher. The Bruins are in it to win it, no pun intended here. They feel like they’re designed to contend for the Stanley Cup right now,” Dreger added on the overall Bruins approach to the trade deadline.
Ryan Dzingel has skills, point-production, the affordable salary cap hit, is in his prime, and would hypothetically stay with the team. That’s definitely something; it’s what Don Sweeney is looking for according to his statements. Time for the Bruins to pull the trigger.