As if there wasn’t enough stories to cover after the NHL trade deadline, it seem like the Boston Bruins took a run at the Vancouver Canucks Alexander Edler. There were not too many needs for the Boston Bruins to fill, but the one whole was on their blue-line.
Reports have come out today that the Bruins and Canucks were about to pull the trigger sending Edler to Boston, but the deal fell apart at the last-minute. It just goes to show you when dealing with the Canucks don’t count your chicken before they hatch. The Fourth Period.com has an in-depth report on what is believed to have transpired. In that report it is speculated that in return for Edler Boston would have sent a package that included ether Matt Bartkowski or Dougie Hamilton.
“We had a deal in principle that was predicated on another team getting something done. We felt it was certainly a ‘hockey deal.’ . . . It was a player that had term left on the contract.”(Cam Neely) TFP/98.5 The Sports Hub
It seems like during this deadline GM’s were trying to achieve hockey trades, not moves that would put in a player in their colors for a few months. Boston did acquire Andrej Meszaros formerly of the Philadelphia Flyers. I’m sure this news will make Meszaros time in Boston a lot of fun.
This deal falling apart could be in part because the asking prices during this deadline were not being met. Teams were not willing to part with their first round draft picks like in years past. Luckily for Boston they are still in a good spot in the East. It would seem only the Pittsburgh Penguins are standing in their way.
As for the Canucks, and heir never-ending string of misery; I’d look for more to unfold around the NHL Draft. Boston may still get their man.