Antoine Vermette will probably be traded.
Keith Yandle could be traded, too.
And Shane Doan? Might the Arizona Coyotes trade him as well?
No, probably not.
“When I made the decision a few years ago to stay with the team at 36 (years old), I said: ‘You know what? This is the bed I’m sleeping in. This is what I want,'” Doan told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun earlier this week.
Doan, now 38, has a no-movement clause as part of his contract, which runs through next season with a cap hit of $5.3 million. When he re-signed in 2012, he said, “I was drafted by this organization and it means a great deal to me to be able to play with the same franchise my entire career.”
Things could still change, of course. Doan has never won a Stanley Cup, and if he stays with the Coyotes until he retires, that’ll be the way his career ends, barring a miraculous turnaround in the desert.
The Boston Bruins could theoretically covet a big right winger like Doan to skate on a line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. The B’s know their Cup window is at risk of closing; Zdeno Chara will be 38 when the playoffs start. Heck, maybe they dump some salary and try and get Yandle, too. (According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, “Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is contacting teams with space, seeing what it will cost for them to take players off his roster, so he can free up room to do what he wants.”)
That’s a long shot though. Doan has stuck with the Coyotes through thick and thin. Hard to see him leaving now, especially with reports that Andrew Barroway’s purchase could go through within the next month, despite earlier reports that the deal was dead.
Related: Could Vermette land in Washington?
Tonight at midnight is the start of the NHL’s holiday roster freeze, which goes until Dec. 27 and keeps teams from trading, loaning, or waiving players.
So if the Boston Bruins are going to add a top-six right winger to play with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, as many believe they will and should, they’ll have to do it today or wait until the freeze ends.
Chances are, they’ll wait. Which is good, because it will give us more time to speculate about who they’ll add.
Buffalo’s Chris Stewart is one name that’s been out there for a while, and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman named a couple more yesterday on FAN 590 radio.
According to Friedman, “in the right situation, T.J. Oshie is available” out of St. Louis.
This isn’t the first time Oshie’s name has been mentioned by a prominent member of the hockey media. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, among others, has raised the possibility.
Oshie, 27, is signed through 2016-17 for a cap hit of $4.175 million, raising the question of how the B’s would fit him in under the cap.
Which brings us to Vancouver’s Zack Kassian. While Friedman admits this is “a bit more of a longer shot,” Kassian’s $1.75 million cap hit is significantly lower than Oshie’s.
And hey, the Bruins have had success getting young power forwards out of Vancouver in the past, right?
Hockey insider Bob McKenzie discusses the trade rumors that are swirling in the NHL including the players that the Bruins are reportedly looking at. McKenzie notes that Boston has had interest in Sabres’ winger Chris Stewart.
Loui Eriksson’s overtime winner helped the Boston Bruins snap a three-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild Wednesday night.
With the goal, Eriksson joined some exclusive company.
Carl Soderberg and Kyle Brodziak exchanged first period goals 27 seconds apart.
Patrice Bergeron had the Bruins’ other goal while Jason Pominville tied the game 2-2 at 11:39 of the third.
Minnesota has now lost two straight and three of four.
Niklas Svedberg made 35 saves in the win while Niklas Backstrom stopped 22 shots in a losing cause.
The Boston Bruins could have David Krejci back in the lineup tonight when they visit the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins are looking to snap a three-game skid. Boston has lost 12 of 15 all time match-ups with Minnesota. The Wild are 5-5-1 in their last 11 games.
Minnesota won the only other meeting between the two clubs, 4-3, on Oct. 28. Can the Bruins avoid being swept this season by the Wild? Find out tonight. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can also watch the game via NBC Sports’ Live Extra stream.
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Some related reading prior to puck drop:
Bruins activate Krejci from IR
Get your game notes: Bruins at Wild
NHL on NBCSN: Bruins vs. Wild on Rivalry Night