Yesterday, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported that if the Ottawa Senators decide to trade Daniel Alfredsson, the Boston Bruins could be the top candidate to land him. But would the Bruins want to or even be able to pull off a trade for Alfredsson? It's a very interesting question and with the extra cap space following the trade of Tim Thomas, might be possible..
With the injuries to Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, the Senators don't look like a team that can make a deep playoff run, and with Alfredsson nearing the end of his career, he might just want to leave to try and win a Stanley Cup. The Bruins have Ottawa connections that could make Boston a desired location. Peter Chiarelli worked in the Senators front office before coming to Boston while Zdeno Chara was a teammate of Alfredsson.
But getting Alfredsson won't be easy. First of all, because the Senators are a division rival, they would most likely want a large return in exchange for Alfredsson. It wouldn't be a surprise of Senators General Manager Bryan Murray asked for something along the lines of what the Bruins received for Phil Kessel. The Bruins would have send at least one of their top-six forwards to Ottawa along with a combination of prospects and draft picks.
But do the Bruins really want to do that? Chiarelli has the core of this team locked up for the next few years and the limited the depth the organization currently has in Providence, acquiring Alfredsson for just the stretch run this season doesn't seem worth it for a rental player.
I would love to see Alfredsson in a Bruins sweater, but giving up key pieces for the future just is not worth it in my book. Plus, the Bruins don't really need a top-six forward. Chiarelli would be better off focusing on finding s third line winger if Chris Bourque continues to struggle.
But it ultimately comes down to what Alfredsson wants. He has played his entire career in Ottawa and if he wants to stay, then Murray most likely won't trade him. It's something that Alfredsson has definitely earned.
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