Trade Rumor Bjork For Chiasson

Trade Rumor Bjork For Chiasson

The Bruins obviously didn't accomplish their goal for the season of winning the Stanley Cup. Since their playoff exit, the message from management has been changes are coming. The Bruins were outmuscled by Tampa’s defense and denied the middle of the ice. With that fresh in their minds could adding some size and in tight scoring be a priority this offseason? Enter this trade rumor from Bob Stauffer who has been the color commentator for the Oilers since 2008 and hosts Oilers Now on 630 AM CHED. The rumor was spread here on twitter. The tweet says "I could see a trade possibly between Boston and Edmonton but it would be a RW for LW and maybe not quite the caliber of Debrusk."- Bob Stauffer.

According to the account that tweeted the quote, the Oilers have been interested in Bjork for a while now. He would certainly fit their needs of cheap speedy offensive forwards. Before you just assume this is just another fake rumor a source close to the Bruins confirmed this was being discussed. While it's not a done deal it's being talked about in the organization.

Oilers Return

Obviously, the Oilers return would be Anders Bjork. As mentioned before he fits a need for a cheap fast offensive winger plus he is signed for the next three years. With just, a 1.6 million dollar cap hit he could provide some great value. So far Bjork has played in 108 NHL games scoring 34 points 14 goals and 20 assists. Injuries have severely hampered the 2014 5th round pick’s development but when he's healthy there have been flashes of potential. This season in 58 games Bjork scored just 19 points with 9 goals and 10 assists. Not the step the Bruins were hoping for but he could still become a quality middle-six forward. It's that potential and cost certainty the Bruins are cashing in on to fill a need of their own.

Bruins Return

The main return for the Bruins in this trade rumor scenario is Alex Chiasson. The soon to be 30 years old forward is playing the last year of his contract paying him 2.15 million dollars next season. In 519 career NHL games, Chiasson has scored 186 points with 92 goals and 94 assists. Chiasson is also just a year removed from setting career highs in goals with 22 and points with 38 in 73 games. This year his role was reduced and in 65 games he scored 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points. Here is a video showing all of his goals from the 2018-19 season.

At 6 foot 4 and 208 pounds Chiasson adds some much-needed size to the Bruins forward core. As evident in the video he also brings some ability to finish in tight around the net. While he isn't the hit everything that moves banger fans with think of at his size he would be a solid middle-six winger. He also has the ability to kill penalties and be the net-front presence on the second power-play unit. With Bjork being the younger cheaper player locked up with term also look for a mid-round pick coming back to the Bruins. Anything from a third to fifth-rounder would work as a possible sweetener.

Final Thoughts

This trade seems like a win for the Bruins. With an aging core and a lack of size in the forward group, this is a win-now move. While Bjork could realize his potential he might also never reach the lofty heights we once saw in him. With a long injury history in his young career already, cashing in on that potential is something the Bruins are better off doing sooner rather than later. The Bruins current core window is closing and maybe this move is the start of opening it a little wider for the near future. How about you the fans what do you think of this trade rumor? Is Bjork worth hanging onto? Is this fair value coming back in return? Also, feel free to share any other trade ideas you might have. Until next time stay safe out there and LET’S GO BRUINS!

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Written by Michael Rudd

A life long Boston sports fan who isn’t afraid to admit that at the age of 27 I have been spoiled by the last 20 years of domination by all of our teams.

9 thoughts on “Trade Rumor Bjork For Chiasson

  1. no thanks. hold onto Bjork replace 2nd line LW RW in free agency, get Krejci some help finally. Sign Toffolli and Granlund without losing an young asset in Bjork. Drop Kase and DeBrusk to 3rd line with Coyle. You get bigger and more experience and add depth to 2nd and 3rd lines.

    1. So just have Bjork waste away on the 4th line? He’s not defensively sound or tough enough to play a 4th line shutdown role. Also signing Toffoli and Debrusk is likely costing 10 million per year if not more so your not also signing Granlund. This would also mean Krug is gone and you are somehow filling the second pairing spot with less than 4 million per year in salary. Good luck with that.

    2. Fire Don Sweeney..he is clueless, their draft picks stink the last 5 years NO future stars rated by the Hockey Scouts….One CUP since 1972, pathetic …..Cam Neeley usleess figure head. David Backes contract killed them….The Swede from BU, nice pick back in Sweden,,,soft..David K over paid 7 million….Midget defenseman MAtt G……Par. Nordstom, Ritichie awful signings…Kuraly doesnt score…What a mess

  2. Not opposed to trading Bjork. He has had ample opportunity to show he belongs on this team and has never taken advantage of it. Since he is young and with an affordable contract the return should be decent. Not too familiar with Chaisson but as long as he isn’t a complete stiff like Nick Ritchie go for it. Krug has to go. 5on5 he is useless. The metrics bear it out. That money is better spent on a proven goal scoring winger. Taylor Hall? Not sure if he is a fit. All I know is that the organization has basically wasted the last few years of David Krejci’s career by giving him nothing to work with. It is a joke that since Lucic and Horton have left the team has given him no help. DeBrusk is too inconsistent and not worth RFA money he is looking for if it is 5 or 6 million a year. Hard pass on that. It all goes back to the 2015 first round where Sweeney so completely whiffed on several all-star caliber players. He could have turned this team into a potential dynasty overnight. Instead 5 years later the team is still searching for secondary scoring. What a joke! Passing on players like Barzal, Connor, Aho, Chabot among others. The prospect pipeline is mediocre at best so I don’t know if there are any impactful trades he can make. Dealing away more number one picks probably isn’t a good idea either. It is time to start a makeover on this roster. Hopefully Sweeney is up to the task.

    1. He’s done a good job so far taking the team to the finals and winning the President’s Trophy. With a lot of teams instituting internal caps he could be able to swing some decent trades but time will tell.

    1. Cam has been there for 3 cup finals while Sweeney took a team heading for a rebuild and turned them into a finals team that won the President’s Trophy the next year. Not sure how you can say they are clueless? Yes their draft record could be better but outside of the 2015 first round they have done fairly well.

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