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Boston Bruins’ proposed trade of Brad Marchand shocks hockey world

The Florida Panthers defeated the Boston Bruins in the opening round. Given that Don Sweeney put everything on the line for this year, this loss is even more tragic. They spent a lot of assets on Garnet Hathaway, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Dmitry Orlov, leaving them with few picks in the upcoming drafts.

However, that is not all; this summer, they will have to deal with an array of UFAs, and Sweeney will need a miracle if he hopes to keep any of them.

Given the team’s projected salary cap situation over the following few years, these losses might force general manager Don Sweeney to reconsider his approach and choose a rebuild. The Boston team has already committed $72.9 million toward its 2023–2024 season payroll, and that sum only includes 14 players.

If Sweeney wants to build a roster that is fairly competitive, he will have to move some high-paid players. Regarding this, Marc-Olivier Cook of the website DLC advises the general manager to consider trading Brad Marchand.

The Bruins forward is not getting any younger, now 34 years old, and still has a fairly affordable contract for what he brings, at $6.125 million until the end of the 2024-2025 season. There’s no doubt there would be interest in him throughout the NHL.

Next season, Boston will have a wealth of talented players. They include Pastrnak, McAvoy, Zacha, Lindholm, Ullmark, and many others. This would make a strong reestablishing core.

The Bruins might think about exchanging valuable players for others as they are unable to rebuild through the draft.

Boston may receive a fantastic return if Marchand is the one to leave the organization, or they may have some cap space to sign those UFAs.

There would undoubtedly be considerable interest in him if he were up for trade.

Do you anticipate a Marchand trade?

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: and let's talk some hockey!
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