A lot of times, these type of early season trades in the NHL are to send some kind of message. Yesterday, when the Boston Bruins traded defense-man Matt Hunwick to the Colorado Avalanche for defensive prospect, and local Boston University product, Colby Cohen, it seemed like one of those moves initially. During the recent Bruins struggles, three problems have manifested themselves. One issue is the inability of the Bruins to get out of their own zone in a timely an efficient manner. I may not be an NHL coach or anything, but I do believe getting the puck out of your own zone is an important aspect to winning and losing a game. Another major issue has been their turnovers. While not an official stat, it always seems like a poor pass either through the neutral zone or in the Bruins offensive zone results in the other team taking the puck the other way. The final issue has been horrific play from the defensive players. At this point, the Bruins defense owe goalies Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask about 10 steak dinners for the play they have put in front of them. Matt Hunwick seems to have been a part of each of these issues. Therefore, the Bruins moved him onto Colorado.
The Bruins have other motives as well. Two of the Bruins top forwards, Marc Savard and Marco Sturm, recently have returned to practice and both are on track to return to the Bruins line-up before 2011. The only problem is that as soon as the first one comes back, most likely Marc Savard, the Bruins will be over the cap and will need to make roster moves to get under the cap. Dealing Hunwick for a prospect may have actually been the first move for the Bruins to get themselves under the cap in anticipation for Savard’s return.
Just this one deal doesn’t save the Boston Bruins. While the Hunsick deal puts them under the cap needed to bring Savard back in, they still need to move one or two more players if they are hell-bent on returning both Marc Savard and Marco Sturm to the line-up. Approximately $3 million in contract needs to be dumped to get Marco Sturm back on the roster. There are a couple of current Bruins that should watch themselves as the team makes preparations for the return of Savi. Read the remainder of this entry »