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Rumor: Trade leaks between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks

Published December 27, 2023 at 9:41
BY JULIEN TREKKER
     
The Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are in opposite positions. The Bruins, among the top teams in the NHL, are looking to win now, whereas the Blackhawks are in complete rebuilding mode.

With the holiday freeze ending on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. E.T., both teams could complete a trade together sooner rather than later, according to a new report.

Blackhawks Place Forward on Trade Block



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The Blackhawks will reportedly place forward Tyler Johnson on the trade block. At 33, he's currently playing through the final season of his seven-year, $5 million AAV contract.

In 34 games this season, he has scored 11 points, including seven goals.

Johnson was notably a part of the 2020-2021 back-to-back Stanley Cups win in Tampa Bay. Following that impressive feat, the player was traded to Chicago. Then, he hit a roadblock, being severely injured, playing only 82 games in his first two seasons with the Hawks.

Bruins Could be Interested in Johnson to Add Depth at Center



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The Boston Bruins have been looking to add centers to their roster ever since Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci left the team last summer.

It has been suggested that the top team in the Atlantic Division could be interested in Johnson.

Even if he's not a top-six player anymore, with his two Stanley Cup wins, he would add significant depth and experience to the team's bottom-six.

However, at $5 million a year, the Blackhawks would probably need to retain money from his contract.

With many teams possibly interested in the player, and the Bruins constrained by the salary cap, it's not certain at all that Boston will end up acquiring him.

Per Pierre LeBrun:

"The problem for Boston? They traded their first-round pick this year last year for Tyler Bertuzzi as a rental,» LeBrun pointed out. «Colorado is looking for an upgrade in their top six. But again, acquisition cost. They don't want to spend too high a price; they've done that a lot in the last few years. But it's a name that will be near the top of our Trade Bait Board closer to March 8."


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