Boston Bruins could be in the market for a position on the trade deadline and two veterans might fit that bill: Joe Pavelski or Claude Giroux.
Both players are on the verge of closing deals and considering that neither of them raised the Stanley Cup, their team might want to separate in order to give them that chance.
Pavelski and Giroux both bring a great deal of drive and experience and could very easily fill the second place role for the Bruins. Since they’re much older and when deals expire, neither would cost a ton, certainly not as much as a player like Thomas Hurtl.
Don Sweeney should definitely make a call to gauge the benefit and cost to each player.
Bruins should definitely consider adding one from Pavelski or Giroux
In his third season with the Dallas Stars, Pavlesky is having one of the best seasons of his career. As of January 29, the 37-year-old is averaging more than a point per game this season, with 48 games in 41 games. His total points sit 10th in the National Hockey League with New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin.
“Captain America” leads the stars in points and assists (29) and is tied in the lead with Rob Hintz (19). At this rate, Pavlesky is poised to break his previous career high of 79 points.
He won the All-Star title for the fourth time in his career this season and deservedly so. While Dallas has struggled this season, first line defenses Pavelsky, Hintz and Jason Robertson have been one of the most effective units in the league. Rick Bowness has him playing right wing on that streak, so if the Bruins wanted to trade for him, he has a knack for playing both on the wing and in the center.
He’s in the final year of his $21 million three-year deal with The Stars. The Superstars are a marginal separating team in the West. He tied 46 points with the Calgary Flames and the San Jose Sharks for last place in the Wild Card. It might make sense for the stars to be deadline sellers, especially if they’re already trading John Klingberg. Pavleski would like to re-sign with them, so swapping him for a cup rival and then giving him a new contract this off-season might be the best path for the stars.
As for Giroud, the Philadelphia Flyers captain was a bright spot in the disappointing Philadelphia Flyers. He leads the team with points (34), assists (19) and tied Cam Atkinson in the lead in goals with 15.
Giroux has been consistently producing just under a point per game over the past two seasons. It is certainly unlikely that we will see Giroux reach the 100-point threshold as he did in 2017-18. But the Bruins don’t need that, and the clip it produces is definitely good enough to play in the second line if needed.
He’s in the final year of his $66,200,000 deal with Philadelphia that lasted eight years. Similar to Pavlesky, the Flyers don’t trade him out of necessity, but more to give a veteran player a chance at the Stanley Cup. Flairs made it clear that they wouldn’t trade the 34-year-old unless he wanted to, but he’s definitely heading that way.
Currently in a 13-game losing streak, Philadelphia is nearly 20 points off a playoff point, and will definitely be the deadline sellers. The team won’t get a king’s ransom for Giroux, but they can certainly get some capital back and maybe a younger player or two as well.
Pavlesky and Giroud fit in with the Bruins and give them a big group in the top six. Each can play on the wing or center if needed so that Bruce Cassidy can play with the lines to find the right combos. They are both excellent in their area as well, having each received many Selke votes throughout their career.
To be perfectly honest, if Sweeney goes after either of them, the two guys can’t miss them. Unless Sweeney pays someone an inappropriate amount, I think Bruins fans would be happy to see Pavlesky or Jiro in a Bruins costume. It’s sure things and it will help the Bruins in contention for the Stanley Cup this season.