NHL Rumors: 2 Boston Bruins Trade Candidates

The Boston Bruins are an interesting team to watch at the moment as they haven't officially completed all their business this summer. It's been a busy offseason for management, however Bruins legend Patrice Bergeron is still sitting without a contract for next season, along with restricted free agent and newcomer Pavel Zacha. 

There seems to be some financial constraints, even though the team sits with just over $4 million in cap space. Expect to see a move or two out of the Bruins before puck drop next season, with these two players being prime trade candidates:

Craig Smith

Word is the Bruins have been shopping Smith for weeks now as he's owed $3.1 million for next season, the final year of his deal. The 32-year-old forward is coming off a season where he registered 16 goals and 36 points in 74 games, however Smith was disappointing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording zero points and a -5 rating in seven games. Boston will likely have to sweeten the pot here as teams aren't eager to bring on more salary at the moment. Smith is a prime candidate to be moved before next season, but at this point management has had no luck.

Nick Foligno

Needless to say, it hasn't worked out for Nick Foligno in Boston and the Bruins are quietly regretting signing him to a two-year $7.6 million deal. Foligno hasn't been able to stay healthy of late and the team took a risk and as of right now it hasn't paid off. The veteran forward appeared in only 64 games last season in Boston, tallying a dismal two goals and 13 points. After a brutal regular season, it was much of the same during the Stanley Cup Playoffs as Foligno would go on to be held off the score sheet goal wise and only added one assist in seven games. They'll have to include a solid prospect or second-or-third round pick to facilitate a deal, and considering what Bergeron means to the team, it may need to happen sooner than later.

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