As the first of July nears us, the rumor mill has been in full swing, especially in Boston. This morning ESPN-Boston and NESN each reported that the Boston Bruins are in fact interested in potentially signing Rick Nash.
For the inquiring minds that want to know, in order to get Rick Nash at the price Columbus is asking for him, the Bruins would have to trade a player like Milan Lucic or Tyler Seguin along with a draft pick to seal the deal.
For right now, word on the street is that the Bruins are just making some inquiries. There is nothing set in stone. Most likely, the chances are slim that the Bruins are going to be making any big waves in the trade market.
It was also reported today that Peter Chiarelli has sent qualifying offers to RFA’s Tuukka Rask, Matt Bartkowski and Lane MacDermid. They have until Monday on Benoit Pouliot.
In other news, CSNNE reporter Joe Haggerty reported that Tim Thomas has decided to waive his no-trade clause that would be up on July 1. This means that if the Bruins want to, they are able to trade the goaltender wherever, whenever. This could give the Bruins the chance to dump the goalie’s contract and be free of the $5million salary. For once it appears that Thomas may be considering the team instead of himself by waiving this clause. Thomas has made it quite apparent that he no longer wants to be a part of the Bruins Club.
Peter Chiarelli stated that other teams have inquired about the goaltender, but other than that, nothing has changed.
Well Bruins fans, it looks like it is time to face the music and accept the fact that we will not see #30 wearing the Black and Gold any longer. The up-side, the Bruins will be able to afford a top-nine forward and improve their power play with the right player. (hopefully)