The Bruins need to make a trade for a defenseman. The record of 2-4-0 since losing Siedenberg is not the reason. The abysmal PK% since losing Siedenberg is not the reason. The reason is because the Bruins will not be able to make a solid run at the Cup without a healthy Seidenberg and the Bruins can not take Chara’s age for granted.
Its fun to sit back as a Bruins fan and think Dougie Hamilton is going to progress into an elite top Dman to take Chara’s spot when he retires. The only problem is we know all too well that a high draft pick doesn’t equal star player (See Zach Hamill). That being said Hamilton is already a better player than Hamill will ever be but as much as there is a chance that Hamilton wins a Norris in his career there is also a chance he never gets better than he is now. With that in mind the Bruins need to balance a "win-now" approach without sacrificing our future.
So how can the Bruins win-now without sacrificing their future. The answer lies with Alexander Khokhlachev. The young Russian currently sits 5th in scoring of active P-Bruins and 17th for rookies. He’s a great prospect to with the potential to be a speedy skilled top 6 forward. The only problem is that future will not be with the Boston Bruins. Lets face it the Boston media will rip this kid apart who has already been scratched this year due to size.
Forgot to mention this on Sun. Koko was healthy scratch yesterday because Springfield had heavy lineup, Cassidy said. Koko has been good— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) November 25, 2013
The other issue with Koko is that if he doesn’t see a clear shot at his top 6 spot by the end of his ELC I believe he will be moving to the KHL. Its safe to say we will still have Bergeron, Lucic, Spooner, and Smith as part of this team. If the Bruins still have Marchand and decide to resign Eriksson that fills up the top 6 and Koko is on a plane back to the Motherland.
So where does the future lie for this young player who in an alternate universe was already traded by the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins? The easy answer would be getting packaged in a deal to the train wrecks of Buffalo, Florida, or Calgary. The HFBoards answer is to pry Jake Gardiner away from Toronto because they don’t like him there and Toronto is weak down the middle. I honestly don’t care who it is as long as I don’t hear the words "puck moving defenseman" at the press conference.