THE JDB SAGA INCHES FORWARD

I’m sure you are all aware of the reports out there that suggest as many as twelve National Hockey League teams are interested in the services of disgruntled Bruins Left Wing Jake DeBrusk.

As reported here last week, I believe I was the first to mention the St Louis Blues as being one of three teams I knew that were interested in DeBrusk’s services. The other two teams were the Chicago Blackhawks and the New Jersey Devils (showing some interest) although I have not seen any of the mainstream media pick up on those two teams.

In the last couple of days, the Vancouver Canucks are being named as a potential trade partner. In speaking with someone close to the Canucks organization, I was told “There were early discussions and those talks are ongoing. They are past the point of discussing team needs and wants and the negotiation process has moved onto the next steps.”

In my experience, those next steps involve naming players/prospects/picks that could potentially be involved, discussing each team’s salary cap ramifications and what that means for each team. And this is where it gets interesting as when names start getting mentioned, well that’s how some trades morph into bigger deals, however rare that may be.

But the Canucks make an interesting trade partner. Almost everyone in the organization is on pins and needles with the start they’ve had to the season and of course that leads everyone to think that management and coaches are on the hot seat. Could you possibly catch a seemingly desperate Jim Benning off guard and steal a trade?

The Brad Marchand suspension and the COVID affected Providence Bruins have slowed down the process. I don’t need to remind anyone that because the Baby B’s are in COVID protocol that they can’t call anyone up to fill in for Marchand or even the injured Anton Blidh for that matter. For now, the Bruins need DeBrusk on the ice.

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Edit

It appears the COVID situation has ended as this appeared right after my posting this piece

Published by Dominic Tiano

Following the Ontario Hockey League players eligible for the NHL Draft. I provide season-long stats, updates and player profiles as well as draft rankings.

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