The Boston Bruins made a trade at the deadline but it wasn’t the big splash that fans were expecting.
The NHL Trade deadline is really something else. In 2020 the Boston Bruins weren’t left out of the fun.
All day hockey fans were constantly refreshing Twitter to see what deals were happening. Bruins fans had plenty of reasons to be anxious as well. There were linked to players like Chris Kreider, Kyle Palmieri, and Joe Thornton.
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Throughout the day the Bruins were linked to Thornton but he didn’t end up joining the team. It was rather disappointing to say the least.
Also, we saw Kreider re-sign with the New York Rangers. While Rangers fans should be excited to keep him in New York, Bruins fans are sad that he won’t be coming home to Boston.
I’m not going to lie. I am disappointed. I really liked Danton Heinen and thought he could become a quality top 9 forward. When Heinen is on his game he is a quality winger.
Heinen’s rookie season was his best and showed how great of a player he could become. In 2017-18 he had 16 goals and 31 assists.
In return the Bruins got Nick Ritchie, the brother of Brett Ritchie. Well after Ritchie’s disappointing Bruins career so far I wasn’t exactly pumped to get another Ritchie.
Nick Ritchie will bring a physical presence which the Bruins could definitely use, but I am still a bit skeptical. So far this season he has 8 goals and 11 assists. That might be better than Brett but those numbers aren’t jumping off the page.
But after Heinen was traded I just expected one more move. The fact that nothing else happened is a letdown.
Now Ritchie can definitely prove me wrong and not everything about the deal is bad. The Bruins freed up even more cap space with the deal. Hopefully, this will be used to re-sign players like Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk.