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MAJOR: Leaked Trade Between the Blackhawks and Bruins Emerges

Published December 27, 2023 at 8:48

Bruins Eyeing Roster Enhancements Post-Holiday Freeze

In the aftermath of the NHL's holiday break, the Boston Bruins are reportedly considering options to bolster their lineup. As the roster freeze ends at midnight on Thursday, insider whispers suggest a potential move for added expertise in the center position. An informed source from the NHL's executive ranks shared with Boston Hockey Now the openness of the Chicago Blackhawks to negotiate a deal for center Tyler Johnson. Johnson, a seasoned player standing at 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 185 pounds, is nearing the end of a lucrative seven-year contract, which originally valued at $35 million. According to Puckpedia, Johnson has already earned over $2 million of his $5 million cap for the current season, contributing seven goals and four assists across 34 games.

Johnson's Journey and Trade Rumors Surrounding the Bruins

Having joined the Blackhawks in 2021, Tyler Johnson previously celebrated consecutive Stanley Cup victories with the Tampa Bay Lightning. His time in Chicago, though marred by injuries, has seen moments of his former excellence. Last season, he managed to tally 12 goals and 20 assists in 56 games. His peak performance dates back to the 2014-15 season, where he played a pivotal role in the Lightning's journey to the Stanley Cup Final, scoring 29 goals and assisting 43 times in 73 games.

Simultaneously, the Bruins have been linked to Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm, with NHL expert Pierre LeBrun discussing the potential move on 'TSN Insider Trading.' LeBrun pointed out Boston's need for a right-handed center, especially after Patrice Bergeron's exit. Yet, acquiring Lindholm poses its challenges, given the Bruins' lack of a first-round pick in 2024, a casualty of their previous trade for Tyler Bertuzzi. Additionally, the Bruins currently lack second and third-round picks for 2024, which might hamper their efforts against competitors like the Colorado Avalanche, who are also keen on Lindholm.

As for Johnson, his past achievements with the Stanley Cup bring value, but his current form and stature raise questions about his suitability for the Bruins' specific needs. The coming weeks will reveal the Bruins' strategy in the trade market and how they plan to strengthen their center position.
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