After losing in the first round to the Carolina Hurricanes, it’s clear that the Boston Bruins need to make some changes to their roster. When looking at potential trading partners around the league, the San Jose Sharks stand out significantly. In my opinion, there are three players on their current roster who the Bruins should consider targeting. Let’s now dive into why this is the case.

 

Brent Burns

Even at 37 years old, Brent Burns is still a very effective offensive defenseman at the NHL level. In 82 games this season for the Sharks, he scored 10 goals and added 44 assists. That kind of offense from the point would be welcomed with open arms on the Bruins’ blue line. This is especially true when noting that the Bruins were linked to fellow offensive defenseman John Klingberg earlier this season. With the Sharks reportedly exploring the possibility of moving him, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bruins target him in a trade.

When looking at Burns’ numbers, it’s clear that he would be a major addition to the team’s power-play if acquired. The Bruins ended the regular season very poorly on the power play, so this is an area that they should look to improve on this summer. When it comes to his placement during 5-on-5 play, he could slot behind Charlie McAvoy on the second pairing.

Although the idea of adding Burns is certainly alluring, he does carry an $8 million cap hit until the end of the 2024-25 season. For any trade between these two clubs to come to fruition, the Sharks would need to retain some salary. A potential trading package for the veteran could include a prospect like Johnny Beecher or Jack Studnicka. To move salary out, the Bruins could part ways with a left-handed defenseman like Mike Reilly. To conclude the move, a second- or third-round pick would likely be needed too. Burns would need to approve any move, however, as he has a three-team no-trade list.

 

Timo Meier

Timo Meier would be a massive addition to the Bruins’ lineup. The 25-year-old winger just put together his best NHL season, as he set new career-highs with 35 goals, 41 assists, and 76 points.