It seems to be a matter of when, not if, the Boston Bruins will acquire a forward as the February 25 trade deadline looms.
Darren Dreger had a Friday morning radio hit on Buffalo’s WGR 550.
The Insider was asked if he thought the Bruins would do anything before the February 25 deadline.
“Yeah, or before, right,” replied Dreger. “Boston is definitely thinking that they’ve got to add up front. They’d like to add a center. If they can’t find that piece, whoever it might be - Matt Duchene, if he’s available - then maybe they look to a right-winger. I think they’ve got interest in Toffoli. My understanding is Boston is going to heavily scout tonight’s Senators-Pittsburgh game, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they make a play on Ryan Dzingel.
“But I don’t doubt for a second that the Boston Bruins are - look, it’s an arms race in the East, right. They’re a very good team, but for the most part they’re a one-line team. They need secondary scoring there as well to compete with Tampa Bay and to some degree Toronto.
“So I can’t imagine Don Sweeney won’t do something.”
Dzingel is in the last season of a two-year, $3.6 million contract, which carries a $1.8 million cap hit. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Toffoli is in the second season of a three-year, $13.8 million contract, which carries a $4.6 million cap hit.
Duchene is wrapping up a five-year, $30 million contract, with a $6 million cap hit. He can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
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