The Boston Bruins not only made a trade on Monday, they showed their stance on defensive players; it’s time to play defense. For years, the Bruins have been going into the NHL trade deadline looking for the coveted puck moving defenseman. This year, they broke away from it.
The Bruins acquired Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild for Steven Kampfer, who could be considered a puck moving defenseman. Kampfer could not find a way to break the Bruins lineup, so him being moved is not all too surprising. Zanon is the complete opposite of a “puck moving defenseman.”
Zanon is one of the top shot-blockers in the NHL, and that just adds to an already staunch defensive approach. The Bruins acquired Tomas Kaberle at this time last year, a major bust. Then this offseason Joe Corvo, who will now be riding the pine.
Johnny Boychuk is suffering from post-concussion symptoms, and may not play tomorrow vs the Ottawa Senators. But when he returns to health, it will not be him sitting. It will be Corvo, a player who is the farthest thing from a defensive defenseman. His struggles of late have hurt the team, as he focuses more on getting his shots than blocking them.
Zanon is a player that symbolizes that the Bruins have taken a defensive approach. And after recent history, no one should have any complaints about that.