While the big news for the Boston Bruins might be the trade for Loui Eriksson that sent Tyler Seguin away, the Bruins also lost two more players this afternoon. Andrew Ference signed a four year deal with the Edmonton Oilers and Nathan Horton for seven years with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Ference was already told he would be gone with the Bruins bringing up young defensemen such as Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug. The Bruins wished to keep Horton, but he told them not long ago he would not return. It is hard to imagine the Bruins would have spent that much on him anyways.
The Bruins still need to sign Tuukka Rask, who has remained their top concern. They lost out on Daniel Alfredsson, who went to the Detroit Red Wings, and they still need a top six forward. Milan Lucic and David Krejci remain as top liners with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on the second. They still could use two right wingers.
Jaromir Jagr might return at this point, but that’s still doubtful. David Clarkson is still out there but GM’s fear what it will take to bring him in. Jarome Iginla is available, but will he come to Boston after the trade deadline fiasco?
Other right wings the Bruins could be looking at are Damien Brunner from Detroit, Brad Boyes from the Islanders, Chad Larose from Carolina or Brad Richardson from the Kings. Or, dare it be thought, could Michael Ryder be back in a Bruins uniform?
Stay tuned for more as it happens.