Four Big-Name Defensemen that the Bruins Should Target

Current record for the Boston Bruins is 22-11-2 and they appear to be once again a legitimate playoff team. They started the season with some questions. Yet, after winning eight out of their last nine games, it’s fair to say that doubts are starting to fade away. Even with this being so, it’s also apparent that they should be aggressive as we inch closer to the trade deadline. They could make improvements in defense.

Some very intriguing defensemen have already been appearing in the rumor mill at this stage of the season. If the Bruins want to make a splash at the back end, they have several very talented options. While they do have a need for a second-line center, the same is true when it comes down to their defense. Let’s discuss a handful of their potential big-name defenseman who they should target.

Jakob Chychrun

Jakob Chychrun would be the perfect answer for the Bruins’ struggles on the left side. They certainly would benefit from adding a legitimate top-pairing defenseman to play with Charlie McAvoy, and there’s no better option than the Coyotes’ best player. Even with this being the case, it’s important to note that the 23-year-old has struggled this season. In 26 games, he’s had two goals, five assists and a minus 29 rating. He is only one season away from a 41-point season in 56 games last year. He is sure to bounce back. He’s too good to continue to produce this little.

Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes (Amy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

Chychrun comes with an amazing contract. He’s locked up at a $4.6 million cap hit until the completion of the 2024-25 season. Even though he’s struggled this season it is still a great deal for a player capable of playing on top two. The price to acquire a defenseman his caliber is high. The Bruins may have to deal with this issue, since they don’t have the best prospect pool. Boston should participate in the sweepstakes if it is possible. He is a defenseman who has a contract as good as his. isn’t available too often.

Mark Giordano

Mark Giordano would be a sweet consolation prize for the left side of the Bruins’ defensive group. The longtime Calgary Flames captain found himself selected by the Seattle Kraken in last summer’s expansion draft and now holds the same role there. Ron Francis, general manager, said earlier this season that he’s not against the idea of tradingThe veteran defenseman. If he were to be made officially available, he’d instantly be one of top rental candidates. It is possible considering the Kraken’s 11-23-4 record.

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Giordano would instantly become another leader on Boston’s roster, and a playoff team can never have too many of those. He is also having a difficult year, like Chychrun. He has had four goals, eight assists and a rating of minus-15 in 32 games. He did score 26 points in 56 games last season with the Flames and was awarded the Norris Trophy three years ago. There is hope that he will rebound. He would also be far cheaper for the Bruins in a hypothetical swap.

John Klingberg

John Klingberg might be a right-handed defenceman, but he would still make a great addition to the Bruins. According to, Don Sweeney appears to think the same thing as general manager. Jim Murphy from Boston Hockey NowThe Bruins have expressed interest in the 29 year-old. The Swedish defenseman is A trade request was made by the Dallas StarsThe franchise is currently working to negotiate a deal. It is a costly rental but it could be very profitable.

John Klingberg Dallas Stars
John Klingberg, Dallas Stars (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers

Klingberg is an extremely skilled offensive defenseman. Klingberg has scored 17 goals and one assist in 30 games, which is quite impressive for his standards. Remember that he has only 36 points in 53 games, and his ice time has dropped in recent weeks. The Bruins would acquire him to have a strong right side, McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. The Bruins would have a top-of the-line quarterback to power play. Since Torey Krag’s departure and signing with the St. Louis Blues, they have been missing this guy a lot.

Hampus Lindholm

The Anaheim Ducks slowly falling to Earth. They have a 19-15-7 record but have won just two of the last 10 games. They are starting to look like the rebuilding team they were. They could decide to trade at the deadline if they continue this trend. One of their pending unrestricted free agents is Hampus Lindholm, and he’d be a great addition to the Bruins’ top four.

Lindholm is not as well-known and perhaps less popular than the three above. But, this 2012 first-rounder is having a great year. He has five goals, 10 assists and a plus-5 rating in 39 games. Boston would be proud to have that kind of back-end production. With that, he’s similar to Klingberg in the fact that he works well on the power play. He can also play reliably and be used on the penalty kill so he offers a little bit of everything. The Bruins should seriously consider making him available if he is. He’d be an upgrade over what they currently have on the left side.

It will be interesting to see if the Bruins make a decision to add a high-profile defenseman before the deadline. The need for a center is certainly there, and one could even argue it’s more important. Yet, if the door is potentially open for the Bruins to do both, why shouldn’t they at least try? The Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Tuukka Rask era isn’t going to last forever. It would be a sign that the Bruins are trying to win the Stanley Cup with their veterans if they add one of these defensemen. Alas, let’s see what occurs over these next few months.


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