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Bruins make last second trade for Tommy Wingels official

Apparently management desired more aging forward depth.

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According to reports, the Boston Bruins have traded a conditional 5th round pick for 29 year old right hand shot center Tommy Wingels. The pick is a 2019 ,as the Bruins gave up their 2018 5th round pick to acquire Drew Stafford. If the Bruins advance past the 1st round, or re-sign Wingels, it becomes a 4th round pick.

The former Shark and current Blackhawk has 7 goals and 5 assists in 57 games played, sporting a -10 to go with it. This move is fairly shocking as the Bruins literally just signed Brian Gionta to a 1 year deal yesterday, Especially when the team has seemingly been committed to a youth movement this season up until the past week when Don Sweeney traded young players and picks for a 30 year old defenseman (Holden), a 33 year old winger (Nash), signed a 39 year old depth forward (Gionta) and has now reportedly signed another older forward in Wingels.

Wingels has averaged 11:20 TOI/GP on a bad Blackhawks team, along with 1:14 ATOI/GP on the penalty kill. In terms of possession stats, he is a negative is nearly every catergory, and while he plays for a mediocre to bad team, he is frankly a depth forward at best at this point. If he projects to be a 13th forward, a spot already reserved by Brian Gionta, this move is fairly baffling. He carries a $750k cap hit and will be a UFA at this season’s end.