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Boston Bruins are following in their footsteps Set the NHL record for most points and most wins by one team in regular season history.

This team has all the makings of a privateer group, so while there are no glaring weaknesses for general manager Don Sweeney to address before the March 3 trade deadline, standing still is a folly.

Sweeney gained several forwards in the season Since taking over as general manager In the summer of 2015.

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Acquired Taylor Hall from the Buffalo Sabers before the 2021 trade deadline. He traded for Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Casey in 2020. The 2019 additions of Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson helped Boston reach the Stanley Cup Final that year. Sweeney made a big swing for Rick Nash in 2018. Lee Stempniak was brought in before the 2016 trade deadline.

The Bruins are ranked first in goals scored, with 179 (tied with Sword). They are No. 2 in 5 goals-for-5 goals scored with 114. However, you can’t have enough scoring depth in the playoffs. Injuries will eventually become a factor and players will go through slumps. Scoring depth has been a fatal weakness in some of the Bruins’ recent playoff runs, and they can’t afford that to be the case again.

Here are five forwards the Bruins should consider pursuing before the trade deadline (all salary info via CapFriendly).

Bo Horvat, Canucks

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Omar: 27

position: c

for a durationCap: $5.5 million, UFA in 2023

We had to start with Horvat.

He would be a great fit in Boston for several reasons. For starters, he can play on the wing, which is important now because Patrice BergeronAnd David Krejci Charlie Coyle was firmly established as the top three. Bergeron and Krejci won’t play forever, and the Bruins don’t have a young center to star in the top six when that time comes. Center is one position that B’s have failed to formulate and develop for many years. Horvat is 27 years old and could lead the next generation of Bruins stars to David Buster And Charlie McAvoy.

Horvat is having the best season of his offensive career with 49 points (30 goals, 19 assists) in 47 games. He is one goal short of the career high of 31 he scored last season. He is a good defensive player with solid two-way skills who wins 56.1% of the matchups he faces.

Despite the good fit, getting Horvat will likely be a challenge for the Bruins. For starters, they don’t have a lot of salary cap space. Horvat has a cap of $5.5 million, and even if the Canucks keep the salary, signing him long-term will still be a difficult task. And there is little reason to acquire Horvat if the deal is not followed by an extension soon after. Giving away key assets for rent is not what Boston should be doing.

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Could the Bruins realistically re-sign Horvat?

Well, they’re expected to take in about $23 million in salaries from the books this summer. A total of 11 players on the current roster are eligible for free agency in the off-season. That includes Pastrnak, who could occupy about half of the team’s projected cover space with a new extension (assuming he re-signs in Boston). The Bruins are likely to give up some salary – maybe Mike Riley? – Making the Horvat extension a real possibility. Jeremy Swaiman And Trent Frederick are restricted free agents due to nice raises this summer.

What does B need to give up for Horvat? It is difficult to imagine a deal happening without the participation of right-winger Fabian Liesel or defender Mason Luhery. They are easily Boston’s two biggest prospects. After that, the talent level decreases slightly. fact, New prospect pool rankings for Athletic The Bruins were 30th out of 32 teams. The B-team also don’t have their second-round picks in 2023 and 2024. Will a pack of Lysell, a 2023 senior, NHLer (maybe Frederick?) and another draft pick or prospect make it happen? Other contenders have better assets to offer the Canucks.

As fun as it is to see Horvat chase the Stanley Cup in Boston, that scenario seems highly unlikely.

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Omar: 30

position: C, RW

for a duration$900,000 cap reached, UFA in 2023

Any team looking for size and variety in their last six should take a look at Bjugstad. At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Bjugstad is a large, powerful, two-way striker who can play center or right wing. He’s also having one of his best offensive seasons in recent memory. Bjugstad scored 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 47 games. He’s only scored 30 points in the past two seasons combined. If Tomas Nozick continues to be bothered by injury, Bjugstad could get reps at the fourth line position and kill penalties.

Bjugstad won’t come in and play big for the Bruins, but he will provide solid depth, size and penalty kick.

Ivan Barbashev, Blues

Omar: 27

position: C, LW, RW

for a durationMax amount: $2.25 million, UFA in 2023

One of the common themes among the players on this list is diversity, and that certainly applies to Barbashev. He can play in the center or both on the wings. Barbashev plays the solid hockey style B fans love. He’s not afraid to mix it up and won’t shy away from the front of the net or puck fights in the corners.

Bruins coach Jim Montgomery should know Barbashev’s game well. Montgomery has been an assistant on the Blues’ coaching staff in each of his last two seasons, including the 2021-22 campaign when Barbashev scored 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists) in 81 games. Therefore, Montgomery likely knows how best to use the veteran forward and unlock his true potential in Boston. Barbashev has not been an offensive product this season with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 47 games.

He could also be a left-handed center that the Bruins need. Boston’s top three – Bergeron, Krejci and Coyle – are all right-handers.

It should also be noted that Barbashev has 50 games of postseason experience and was part of the Blues team that beat the Bruins in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

Gustav Nyquist, Blue Jackets

Omar: 33

position: LW, RW

for a durationCap: $5.5 million, UFA in 2023

Nyquist will likely reach 40 points for the ninth straight season. He doesn’t put up flashy numbers but he’s a consistent product of offense, and that’s important for a team like the Bruins that expects a deep playoff run. Nyquist also has 65 playoff experience and was a key contributor to the sixth-place finish in the San Jose Sharks’ run to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final with 11 points in 21 games.

Could he play a similar role for Boston in 2023? In addition to his consistent scoring, Nyquist is also capable of playing both left and right wing, as well as in the power play. The right wing is a position that the Bruins need to strengthen before the trade deadline. Craig Smith has been very disappointing this season. Nyquist can play right wing.

A versatile veteran striker like Nyquist would be a great addition to B.

Omar: 28

position: LW, C

for a durationCap: $3 million, UFA in 2023

Bruins fans will likely remember Domi well. Scored two goals and grabbed an assist in the Hurricanes’ 3-2 victory over the B’s in Game 7 of last season’s first-round series.

Dumy is having a great year with the Blackhawks, scoring 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 45 games. Scored 49 points in 72 games last season.

Domi will provide the Bruins with valuable scoring depth, another option to play power (seven goals and seven assists this season), versatility with his ability to play left wing and center, as well as some grit. He is an evil player who gets under the skin of his opponents.

The Blackhawks are in full rebuilding mode and could be one of the busiest teams going into the trade deadline. It’s understandable that Blackhawks legends Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews figure among Chicago’s high-profile trade targets, but look no further than Domi. He’s the kind of center forward that would fit in well with a competitor like the Bruins.

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