This was one of the best years for Bruins midseason acquisitions. The Bruins acquired defensemen Dennis Wideman, Andrew Ference and Aaron Ward as well as forwards Chuck Kobasew and Brandon Bochenski. Ference and Ward both became integral leaders during their time in Boston, and Ference was one of the key cogs on the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup championship team. Wideman had the best season of his career while he was in Boston and finished sixth in the NHL in 2008-09 with a plus-32 rating. Bochenski and Kobasew never made much of a difference for the Bruins, but overall, three out of five solid acquisitions isn’t bad.
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Although the Bruins made some good acquisitions that year, they gave up some quality players. Most notable was Kris Versteeg, who was still developing in the AHL at the time but grew in the Blackhawks system into a valuable winger. He was a Calder Trophy nominee and won a Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010. The Bruins also gave up Brad Boyes, who had three seasons of 40-plus points after leaving Boston. Other departures included Paul Mara, Wayne Primeau, Brad Stuart and a 2008 conditional pick which turned into T.J. Brodie, a young player who is just breaking out with the Flames now.
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2007-08: Two trades — acquisitions
The Bruins didn’t make much noise in 2007-08 as far as trades went. They picked up defenseman Shane Hnidy, who spent two seasons with the Bruins as a depth player, then signed with Minnesota before coming back to Boston in the spring of 2011. Hnidy was part of the Stanley Cup championship team but didn’t play enough to get his name on the Cup. The Bruins also acquired a goalie, Alex Auld, who played 23 games as a backup for the Bruins before leaving.
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Given that the Bruins didn’t acquire much, they also didn’t lose much on the trade market. Forwards Brandon Bochenski and Nate DiCasmirro left the organization but didn’t make a mark with any other NHL team either. Both left North America to play in Europe or the KHL.
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2008-09: Two trades — acquisitions
The Bruins’ biggest deal was the one for Mark Recchi, who was 41 years old when he was traded to the Bruins at the deadline. Recchi became an invaluable leader on the team. He initially planned to retire after the 2009-10 season, but after the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Flyers that year, Recchi decided to return to take care of unfinished business. Recchi and the Bruins won the Stanley Cup the following year, and Recchi subsequently retired. The Bruins other acquisition was Steve Montador, who played just 13 games for the team. Montador tragically passed away recently.
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This was another year in which the Bruins didn’t give up much on the trade market. All three players who were traded out of Boston — Martin Karsums, Matt Lashoff and Petter Nokelainen — never made it in the NHL and have bounced around in Europe and the KHL ever since.
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2009-10: Four trades — acquisitions
The Bruins made three important pickups that season that would impact the team through the present day. Forward Daniel Paille and defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Matt Bartkowski all joined the team via the trade market. Paille has served as a phenomenal fourth liner for the Bruins and is invaluable on the penalty kill. Seidenberg has been a top defenseman during most of his time in Boston and was integral to the team’s success in the Stanley Cup championship season in 2011. Although age and injuries are starting to catch up with him now, he’s still a stalwart on the blue line. Bartkowski is still with the Bruins and was a great fill-in last season when Seidenberg missed much of the year with injury. He’s currently trying to break through as a permanent NHLer.
Boston, yet again, didn’t give up any impact players. The most notable departure was Derek Morris, who played for the Coyotes through the end of the 2013-14 season and wore the A while there, but he isn’t a top NHL defenseman. Matt Marquardt, Byron Bitz and Craig Weller all struggled to make it in the NHL and have either left for Europe or don’t have contracts. The Bruins also gave up two draft picks, a 2010 second-rounder and third-rounder which turned into Alexander Petrovic and Kevin Sundher, respectively. Neither has made a mark on the NHL yet.
2010-11: Seven trades — acquisitions
The Bruins were pretty busy during the season in which they won the Stanley Cup championship. The two vital cogs added were Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, both of whom are depth forwards but proved themselves invaluable in spot work during the playoffs. Tomas Kaberle was acquired to help improve the power play, but he didn’t make much of a difference and the Bruins managed to win in spite of the man-advantage rather than thanks to it. There were four players acquired (Boris Valabik, Stephane Chaput, David Laliberte and Colby Cohen) who didn’t factor much into the team, and goalie Anton Khudobin spent some time as Tuukka Rask’s backup before leaving for Carolina in 2013.
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The Bruins got rid of quite a few assets to make these trades. The most notable of the departed were Matt Hunwick, Marco Sturm, Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. Both Wheeler and Stuart continue to play for the Jets, while Matt Hunwick is with the Rangers. Sturm was hard to let go due to his tenure with the Bruins, but his career was in serious decline following knee surgery and he is no longer in the NHL. The Bruins also gave up three draft picks in 2010-11. One of those picks turned into Shane Prince, who is just starting to play for Ottawa now.
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2011-12: Two trades — acquisitions
The Bruins were quiet in the year after winning the Stanley Cup. They made two trades at the deadline and acquired aged players Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau as well as defenseman Greg Zanon. None of the three players made a difference for the Bruins, who suffered an early exit in the playoffs that year.
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Luckily, the Bruins didn’t give up much for the trio. The biggest loss was Steven Kampfer, who was a fringe NHL defenseman with the Bruins and remains on the fringes of the NHL to this day. The other two players traded away by the Bruins were perennial minor leaguers Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin.
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2013: Three trades — acquisitions
Despite a lockout-shortened season, the Bruins were semi-active on the trade market. Their biggest acquisition was Jaromir Jagr, who seemed like a consolation prize after the Bruins missed out on landing Jarome Iginla. Jagr finished out the year in Boston but did not re-sign with the team. The Bruins also added Rob Flick, who remains with the Providence Bruins, and defenseman Wade Redden, who played in just six games with Boston.
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The Bruins rid their hands of a few young players to make these three deals happen. One of the departed was Cody Payne, who is still playing in Canadian juniors. Lane MacDermid, who had been in the Bruins system for years, went to Dallas but still hasn’t cracked the NHL. In a weird sidebar, the Bruins did get rid of Tim Thomas during the season, but the goalie was on sabbatical at the time and therefore wasn’t a huge loss.
2013-14: Two trades — acquisitions
The Bruins didn’t make many moves last season, and the two trades they did make didn’t have an impact on the team. Boston picked up Andrej Meszaros from the Flyers at the deadline, but he never played well for the Bruins and did not re-sign after the season. Also added was Blake Bartlett, a 25-year-old defenseman who still plays in the AHL and doesn’t seem to be an NHL-caliber prospect.
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Adding Bartlett mean losing forward Carter Camper, an AHLer who put up 51 points in 60 games last season and has 32 points in 53 games so far this season. He seems to be more NHL-ready than Bartlett, but doesn’t project to be a real NHL prospect. The Bruins gave up a third-round pick for Meszaros.
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