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Bruins Acquire Drew Stafford for a Conditional 6th Round Pick

Drew Stafford is the newest member of the Boston Bruins.

Bruins have made a trade right at the deadline.  Scraping a veteran forward from the Winnipeg Jets.

Drew Stafford has been a Bruins killer and the club may be looking to see if he can make a contribution on the other end. Stafford amassed 29 career points versus the Bruins in 48 games he played against them — mostly when he played for the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins only needed to surrender a conditional 6th round pick for the veteran winger.

Jimmy Hayes could see a drop in play due to the addition and  I do not think that Bruins fans will shed a tear over that.

Stafford could provide depth come playoff time and they did not have to mortgage the future — which is something that fans have been used to.  The squad had begun to play  well together since sending Claude Julien packing with management sensing some complacency on the ice and in the locker room.  This moves gives a sense that with the response in play, the leadership group (ie. Cam Neely and Don Sweeney) believe in Bruce Cassidy‘s ability to take this team to playoffs for the first time in two seasons. Stafford could allow for stability with this burst going forward and shows a willingness to add to the team’s depth at right wing. This run could truly solidify if the interim coach gets to supplement his young talent with a yet another proven professional.

Any team that is a buyer around the deadline — even just a minor move — shows the team and the fan base that they are willing to give a shot to the team going forward. They are able to retain cap space for the upcoming offseason, where one could expect larger moves — hopefully to the blue line.

All in all, adding Drew Stafford is better than nothing and standing pat. The opportunity for upside with this move outweighs anything the Bruins gave up.

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