NHL Rumors: Bruins "Working The Phones" In Trade Market

The Boston Bruins, led by their General Manager Don Sweeney, are currently in the midst of active trade discussions, diligently "working the phones" in the NHL trade market, according to Jimmy Murphy and Lyle Richardson.

Their primary focus is finding a solution to incorporate rookie defenseman Mason Lohrei into the lineup, a challenge that became more pressing as the deadline for submitting opening-night rosters approached.

Last season, at Ohio State University, Lohrei recorded four goals and 32 total points over just 40 games played.

Sweeney has openly acknowledged the complexity of the roster decision, with the 22-year-old Lohrei making a compelling case for inclusion.

Throughout the offseason, Sweeney had already been exploring trade possibilities, with a particular interest in defensemen Matt Grzelcyk and Derek Forbort.

Last year, the 29-year-old Grzelcyk had a career-best season, recording four goals and 26 total points over 75 games, along with a phenomenal +46 plus/minus rating.

The former first-round pick Forbort also had a nice season last year as well, scoring five goals and 12 points over 54 games played, along with a +12 plus/minus rating.

Although Lohrei was initially assigned to the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence, it's evident that the team remains committed to bringing him back to Boston as soon as an opportunity arises.

This could potentially happen through a trade that frees up roster space or in response to injuries among the team's regular defensemen.

The Bruins' active engagement in the trade market underscores their dedication to optimizing their roster and adapting to the evolving needs of the team as the season progresses. Photo Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports