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.
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.
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.
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!
Featured image courtesy of Ethan Miller/Getty Images.