The Boston Bruins made a pair of moves before the NHL’s trade deadline Monday, and it resulted in some well-earned recognition.
ESPN named the Bruins among their trade deadline winners after the organization acquired a pair of wingers with the speedy Ondrej Kase and powerful Nick Ritchie.
Here’s what they had to say about the two transactions:
The Bruins’ acquisition of Ducks winger Ondrej Kase has the potential to be one of the best of the deadline. He’s a talented 24-year-old winger with tremendous offensive upside if he remains healthy — which, admittedly, is a tall order given his struggles to stay in the lineup during his career. But he makes just $2.6 million through 2021, when the Bruins can re-sign him as a restricted free agent. They moved midrange defensive prospect Axel Andersson and their first-rounder to the Ducks for Kase and Anaheim’s willingness to take David Backes’ contract — or at least 75% of it — off their books.
Boston’s second trade with Anaheim, which sent Danton Heinen for Nick Ritchie, was less lopsided and a wash at best for the Bruins.
It’s why the organization, and specifically general manager Don Sweeney, received high marks from those within NHL circles at the deadline.