Dreger: Bruins were big game hunting

Don Sweeney wasn’t able to secure one of the available star assets before the trade deadline passed, but it wasn’t from a lack of effort.

Darren Dreger had a Tuesday morning radio hit on Toronto’s TSN 1050.

The Insider was asked if the Bruins were better with Marcus Johansson.

“He’s got some injury issues historically that would be a bit concerning, but you know what - who doesn’t - so I guess you dismiss that,” said Dreger. “I like Marcus Johansson. I think he makes them better, yes, in answer to your question.

“Is he a game-changer? No, he’s not. He’s not a game-changer, and neither is Charlie Coyle. I think Don Sweeney did okay this week in terms of what he brought in. But he was one of the big game hunters, guys. He was looking for a big piece. And Panarin didn’t go, so you can’t blame him for that. He didn’t add Kevin Hayes, and he would have liked to have added a piece like that. He would have liked to have added Wayne Simmonds. Any of the bigger boys. I’m sure they were in on Mark Stone, in fact I know they were maybe up until yesterday - didn’t get him.

“So you can’t be overly-critical of Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins because going in they wanted to add two forwards, and they did. But are they game-breakers? We’re going to find out. But it doesn’t look that way to me.”

The Bruins acquired Johansson from the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks, and had already added Charlie Coyle last week from the Minnesota Wild for Ryan Donato and a conditional pick.


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