Thanks to a couple Boston Bruins scouts being sighted near the Edmonton Oilers, there are rumors the Bruins and Oilers might be discussing a trade that involves defenseman Torey Krug and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Reports have surfaced the Bruins were scouting the Oilers vs. Flames game on Sunday and Matt Porter of the Boston Globe wonders if a potential trade that includes defenseman Torey Krug for center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is possible. Both players would fill needs for the respective teams and Porter points out the Oilers had some interest in Krug last summer.
Porter does admit that the trade would not be a one-for-one and that the Bruins might have to sweeten the pot by including a promising forward such as Jake DeBrusk, Anders Bjork, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Ryan Donato or Danton Heinen.
From the Oilers perspective, this trade doesn't make a lot of sense. Yes, the organization was considering moving Nugent-Hopkins earlier in the summer and last season and at that time, a trade centered around Krug might have made sense. But, since the start of the season, Nugent-Hopkins has been one of the bright spots for the Oilers who sit on the verge of a playoff spot in the Western Conference Wild Card race. He's got 26 points in 30 games and is one of the team's best two-way forwards.
So too, with the new coaching change and hot seat current general manager might be on in Edmonton, Peter Chiarelli might not have carte blanche to make a trade of this magnitude as rumors are suggesting he's being closely watched by his superiors.
What This Means
Rumors like this will certainly continue in the NHL. Both the Bruins and Oilers could use the pieces Porter is suggesting and there's no doubt the Bruins would like to add a forward while the Oilers an offensive top-four blueliner. But, right now, this trade doesn't make much sense, especially with the Oilers going 7-2-1 in their last run of games.