More to Bruins' Kobasew trade than meets the eye
After just four years on the job, it's a bit early to compare Boston GM
Pollock is best remembered for swapping
No one's expecting that kind of production from Kobasew, not even the Wild. But for a team decimated by key injuries up front (
The Bruins received three assets in return:
While the pick could come in handy as a bargaining chip for the Bruins (who now own a remarkable bounty of nine picks in the first two rounds of the next two drafts), Fallstrom looks like the key to the deal. Passed over when he became draft eligible in 2008, the Swedish-born winger exploded for 87 points in his final year at Shattuck-St. Mary's. He has NHL size (6-2, 198) and solid offensive instincts, but needs to put in some time on his skating. He should benefit from remaining with the Crimson for the duration of his four-year hitch.
So what's the short-term gain for Boston? Dumping a proven top-nine winger for no immediate return seems an unnecessary challenge to their depth, especially on the day that
The three ramifications: it puts every Bruin on notice that their early season malaise has consequences; it clears Kobasew's $2.33 million hit off the cap this year and next, creating space either for an immediate deal to bolster the sagging blue line or possibly to extend center
And maybe that's all it was. But it wouldn't be a surprise to hear that his former teammates will be rooting for Kobasew to provide a big boost to the Wild. At least enough of a lift to keep 29th-ranked Minnesota ahead of the last place Toronto Maple Leafs...the team whose first-round pick the Bruins own this summer.
Ah, Sam Pollock would be proud.