With exactly five weeks to go until the NHL’s March 3 trade deadline, we’ve got you covered every day at Daily Faceoff with one trade-focused story leading up to Deadline Day.

Today we’re going to focus on the league-leading Boston Bruins.


2023 Trade Deadline Countdown: 35 days


  • Current Record: 38-6-4 (1st in NHL)
  • General Manager: Don Sweeney (8th season)
  • Head Coach: Jim Montgomery (1st season)
  • Captain: Patrice Bergeron (3rd season)

Last Year: Lost to Carolina Hurricanes (4-3) in Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

  • Goals For: 3.77 per game (2nd)
  • Goals Against: 2.04 per game (1st)
  • Power Play: 26.8 percent (3rd)
  • Penalty Kill: 86.4 percent (1st)


Key Additions
Coach Jim Montgomery- Hired on June 30
C David Krejci- Signed 1-year, $3 million contract (w/ bonuses) after playing in Czechia
C Pavel Zacha- Acquired in July 12 trade from New Jersey
W A.J. Greer- Signed 2-year, $1.525 million contract on July 13
RD Anton Stralman- Signed 1-year, $1 million contract on Oct. 12


Key Subtractions
Coach Bruce Cassidy- Fired on June 6
RW Curtis Lazar- Signed 3-year, $3 million contract with Vancouver


Trainer’s Table
RW/LW Jake DeBrusk- Fractured fibula (Jan. 2) placed on LTIR

Perhaps the most impressive facet of the Bruins’ impeccable season has been the fact that they weathered an early-season storm of significant injuries. Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk all missed a number of games due to offseason surgeries. The thought process was maybe the Bruins could hang on long enough in the playoff race to get them back; they not only healed quickly, but re-joined one of the elite teams in the league and only made them stronger.