As we head into Saturday’s Matinee against division rival Buffalo we know one definite fact. The Boston Bruins are number one overall in the National Hockey League with 62 points. And by no fluke either. And as we head closer to the trade deadline, I ask myself what do the Bruins need for the stretch run to the playoffs. Lets see, Goaltending? Nope, Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez were named number one stars for the month of December with a 12-1 record. Defense? All set, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Wideman, Mark Stuart, Aaron Ward (although re-injured Saturday) and any of the young set that has been called up from Providence have done a great job as the Bruins lead the league in goals against. Scoring? Hahahha…..who would have thought at the beginning of the year Boston would lead the league in goals for. So exactly what, if anything, do you think the Bruins need to bring into that clubhouse to make them better without breaking up the chemistry.
My answer would be another seasoned veteran like Ward. Someone with toughness and knows what you need to go far in the competitive world of the rough and tumble playoffs. And if you ask me what is out there in the form of the seasoned veteran, I would say the guy who scored his 1000th and 1001st point last night. The guy who has been in the league for 18 years and currently plays for the lowly New York Islanders who at trade deadline will be sellers. A guy that won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Hurricanes. Doug Weight would be a welcome veteran addition and presence to the Boston Bruins as they make their way to the playoffs. Lets see what happens at the deadline.