Peter Chiarelli has stated he wants to be proactive in addressing the pending cap crunch. For the purposes of this article trades have to make sense to all parties concerned. This means that if a player has a no trade clause, the place they might be shipped to has to be a strong playoff team, the cap numbers have to make sense and worse from the armchair GM’s position, the bodies have to line up right.

First trade, and probably the least likely situation.*

To Boston:

Conditional 3rd Round pick, 2011.

To Los Angeles:

Marco Sturm

If Marco Sturm scores more than 20 goals, or is resigned by the Kings or they win the Stanley Cup with him having played 3 or more playoff games the pick would become a 2nd round pick.


Boston, moves a loyal soldier who will probably not be resigned to a good situation.

Los Angeles, depth at left wing, secondary leadership, and someone who can step in to the penalty kill as needed.

Sturm, gets his feet wet with another organization and moves to a very good young team with stars on the rise.

To Boston:

Jeff Petry, 2nd round pick in 2012, 3rd round pick in 2011

To Edmonton:

Blake Wheeler, Daniel Paille,  Matt Dalton


Boston: $3.2 Million in salary moved, and allows more grooming of late cuts like Arniel, Sauve (when he is healthy again), Colborne and others. Moves Paille before he becomes a distraction sitting on the bench as he has thus far. Two easiest guys to move on the roster that you have a shot at getting back something of similar value.

Edmonton: Size, speed, playoff experience and above all two high end penalty killers that might drag their pretty pathetic penalty kill into the realm of respectable. Both guys work hard, Wheeler has 30 goals written all over him, and might be the center that Hall needs.  Dalton is also as strong or stronger a prospect as any goaltender the Oilers have currently.

To Boston:

Ryan Suter, 1st round pick, 2nd round pick

To Nashville:

Matt Hunwick, Andrew Ference, Joe Colborne, Blake Wheeler


Boston gets an elite defenseman coming back and drops a net $2.4million

Nashville gets two first round pick forwards who are versatile enough to play all forward positions, and gives them the potential to move into the top half of the NHL’s goal for column for the first time in years.

To Boston:

Chris Stewart, 2 2nd round picks, 1 3rd

To Colorado:

Blake Wheeler, Daniel Paille, Michael Ryder, Matt Dalton


Boston: About six million dollars off the books, and a solid young winger.

Colorado: They’re depth at goaltending almost doesn’t exist, their penalty kill could hardly be made worse by losing an extra man each penalty.

To Boston:

Keith Yandle, Brandon Gormley, 2nd round pick

To Pheonix

David Krejci, Blake Wheeler, Adam Courchaine, Andrew Ference, Jamie Arniel


Boston get’s two top four quality defensemen, loses some salary, clears up some of the log jam at center.

Phoenix gets a player who would easily be their number one center, a forward the organization was keen on enough to use a first round pick on, and gets to shore up their goaltending.

Capgeek, Hockey’s Future, and NHLNumbers used for basic background info.

*Ok so nearly all trades are unlikely in the current NHL. At least there is something in it for each team.

Marc Savard:

I’m not sure which was more traumatic for Savard, a regular season where he landed on the shelf more often than score-sheet or an off season where he was the subject of more rumors than any other player in the NHL with a contract. It was just days after the playoffs ended with him probably being the cause of one of the innumerable too many men penalties of last seasons playoffs that cost the Bruins a shot at the conference finals that the trade rumors started. This after coming back from a broken foot, and nearly having his head taken off by a now illegal blow from Matt Cooke. The only player on the ice who saw clearly what happened,  Michael Ryder, apparently didn’t see enough wrong with it to do anything.  Despite the inconsistent play brought on by injuries to himself and his wingers, Savard had produced at .804 PPG, not his usual point per game standard, but far from a bad season.

This season, he needs to return to form and develop some synergy with Horton, and reclaim his connection with Lucic.

Mark Recchi

While it’s a given Recchi will climb higher in the all time goals and games lists, you have to wonder what drives him. Clearly last season was exasperating for him, at twice the age of some of his team, he was one of the two or three most consistent players on the ice every day. He did everything he could to make the Bruins succeed.

Bergeron and Stamkos have credited Recchi with improving their game, Seguin is likely to be the new youngster on the line and Recchi will like find himself tutoring another bright light.

Matt Hunwick.

Hunwick has what I’ve decided to call “mirror competence syndrome”. Put him with a good player, having a good night and he’ll have one too, put him with a player who is hesitant, slow of wit or injured and it’s time to cover your eyes. If he plays with someone physical he’s likely to leave a few people on the ice while he goes about his duty. Much to the dismay of may Bruins fans Hunwick was paired frequently with Wideman last season and the results rarely managed to achieve passable.

On the plus side Hunwick was third on the Bruins in assists in the playoffs, and was never the worst Bruin on the roster in the playoffs and logged over 33 minutes in one game. Despite this being his fourth year on the roster, he’s still sixty games short of the 200 mark many NHL observers say it takes to learn to play defense at that level. With his skating, shot and vision he can be a big positive, he just needs more confidence. Despite his skillset he could find himself the odd man out with several younger, cheaper players pressing for roster spots.

Daniel Paille

He may possibly have had the hardest job all season. He was brought in at the expense of good guy Chuck Kobasew, and was immediately tasked with the job of leading the Bruins restructured penalty kill. With the Bruins abandoning stalwart P.J. Axellson, Paille was the new face of the penalty kill. For the sake of his career it’s a good thing he’s good at this, very good in fact.  Otherwise he’d be shuffling around with Kyle Wellwood trying to find a job as camps open, because aside from his explosive speed and penalty killing ability there isn’t much to recommend him.

Hopefully Paille spent the off season working to improve his shortcomings and honing his current top skills. The Bruins need his penalty killing ability, but the former first rounder was forced to take a pay cut to stay in Boston. If he can threaten or achieve twenty goals this season or next he may earn himself a larger check either here or somewhere else in two years.