The Boston Bruins struck a deal with the Winnipeg Jets at the trade deadline that will send right winger Drew Stafford to Boston for an conditional 6th round draft pick:
Jets trade Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins for a conditional 6th
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 1, 2017
Not a bad move for the Bruins. Stafford will at least light some fire under Jimmy Hayes’ ass and perhaps even push him out of town. Stafford was selected by the Sabres in the first round, 13th overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft.
He has 179 goals and 213 assists over 707 career games with the Sabres and Jets. He’s also appeared in 24 playoff games, posting nine points.
The move at least acknowledges that Sweeney can in fact make a decent deal, so he’s got that going for him.
The Bruins have played some of their best hockey since firing head coach Claude Julien. The B’s are 7-1 since letting Claude go and they’ve been more exciting. They need to keep the current pace to lock in a playoff spot. This probably isn’t the Bruins year, they are miles behind the top teams in the league, there’s more that needs to come for this team in the offseason, but this is a start.
The Bruins next take on the New York Rangers tomorrow night at TD Garden