After a disappointing second-round playoff loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins have revealed their summer plans on how they plan to improve the club moving forward.
Boston’s inability to finish-off scoring chances was a glaring issue in their seven-game series defeat at the hands of the Habs.
So how will the Bruins go about addressing that issue, and the others that plague them in comparison to those who advanced further through the playoffs?
General Manager Peter Chiarelli and company plan on shaking things up.
According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, Boston plans to be a “very active” player in the trade market prior to the beginning of free agency in July.
This past season, Chiarelli adamantly defended Brad Marchand, expressing his confidence in the winger amid a period of struggle.
Though Haggerty reports a source has informed him that Marchand will be made available through trade. Boston plans to actively shop him.
Johnny Boychuk is another candidate who could be on the move, but Boston’s intention to deal the duo may not be linked to past performance.
Haggerty says the two are trade candidates “based on a combination of salary cap hardship for Boston, and a considerably high value on the trade market.”
Marchand performed well this past season, netting 25 goals. Though he fell on hard times during the playoffs. Boychuk notched 23 points in the regular season.
This news comes just one day after a report indicated that Jarome Iginla and the Bruins had started to engage in contract talks.
Change is inevitably close on Causeway Street, but it remains to be seen whether Chiarelli actually pulls the trigger on such rumors.