Kessel to be out for a month with Mono, Bruins could look for help

It has been announced that Phil Kessel, the Bruins leading goal scorer, is ill with mononucleosis, and will be out for about a month. The Bruins are now decimated by injuries, with top 6 forwards Marco Sturm (knee, out for season), Patrice Bergeron (concussion, no time table), Milan Lucic (undisclosed injury), and Kessel, all on the shelf.

This could leave the Bruins looking for some help via trade. Although they have incredible depth in Providence, a hole in the top two lines needs to be filled.

Possible trade targets should include, Erik Cole of Edmonton, Martin St. Louis of Tampa, Bill Guerin of the New York Islanders, and Keith Tkachuk of St Louis.

Trade bait could include Marco Sturm, Petteri Nokelainen, Vladimir Sobotka, Martins Karsums, Matt Lashoff, and John Boychuk, as well as draft picks.

Martin St. Louis currently plays for the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning and would be the best player the Bruins could pick up via trade. The Lightning could part with St. Louis, who is a modest star, to move some salary, and pick up some prospects, as their team is in dismal shape.martin-st-louis Tampa is in desperate need of young defensemen, and the Bruins have plenty. St. Louis is signed through the 2011 season, and is owed $5 million this season, and $4 million the next two. Therefore the Bruins could move injured winger Marco Sturm who is owed $3.5 million over the next two seasons. This would provide the Lightning with a little more cap room, and still provide them with a winger capable of 30 goal seasons to ride along with all star pivot Vincent Lecavalier. The Bruins would most likely have to add a prospect such as Vladimir Sobotka, and former 1st round draft pick Matt Lashoff, or John Boychuk and possibly a mid level draft pick or Nokelainen. Boston gets a talented winger, and Tampa receives a slightly less talented and slightly less expensive winger, while adding prospects to aid their effort to rebuild.

Two slightly more plausible scenarios would have the Bruins making a move for veteran wingers Bill Guerin or Keith Tkachuk. Both are getting slightly long in the tooth, playing for struggling teams, and have history with  Boston. Both are Massachusetts natives; Guerin played for BC and Tkachuk for BU. Trades for either of these two forwards would likely not involve Marco Sturm, and instead be in the area of two prospects and a draft pick. Something in the area of Matt Lashoff/Matt Hunwick, Vladimir Sobotka/Petteri Nokelainen, and a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick would probably be enough to snag either winger.

Best bet is that the Bruins make a strong push to grab Tkachuk soon, while they are depleted by injuries.

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4 Responses to “Kessel to be out for a month with Mono, Bruins could look for help”

  1. You will have to leave Sturm out of any trade deals unless he agress to go. He has a no trade clause in his contract. Just and FYI.

  2. theblackandgold Says:

    I didn’t know that, do you have a link to his contract info?

  3. You would have to go back to the articles about his contract a year or so ago. That was one of his conditions. I believe I read it both in the Globe and on the Bruins Home site.

  4. Why would Tampa want Sturm?

    Guerin’s a bum. Outside of one good season, he’s been average at best.

    Tkachuk gets passed around like an Alpha Phi Theta girl on the weekend and it never works.

    Keep searching. How about Mike Comrie?

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