Gabriel Landeskog is a 24 year old Swedish left winger for the Colorado Avalanche. He was the number two pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft. At a solid 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds Landeskog brought a two-way game to the Avs along with his confidence in shooting the puck. In the 2011-12 season Landeskog was the third Swedish born player to win the Calder Trophy for being the NHL’s top rookie. Gabriel Landeskog has played 400 NHL games so far. He currently has 111 goals and 158 assists which tallies up to 269 points; he is also a +13 in his career.
So far this season, as many people know, the Colorado Avalanche are struggling. With 54 games played the Avs are currently sitting in last place in the NHL with a record of 15-37-2 and only have 32 points. There is no surprise they want to make a trade. With 44 games played this season and just 11 goals and 12 assists Landeskog is one of the players the Avs are willing to trade. This season alone Landeskog is a -17 which is absolutely terrible. I mean come on, he is the captain of the team and he should be producing which he is not. Don’t get me wrong, Landeskog is a GREAT player but he is not the right fit in Colorado anymore.
So this brings me to the point of where he could fit on the Boston Bruins. The Bruins have played 58 games so far this season and currently have a record of 29-23-6 with 64 points. They are currently in a playoff spot sitting in third place in the Atlantic division. Not so bad, right? Wrong, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning all have games in hand! These teams that are below the Bruins in the standings (besides Ottawa) have a great chance at making the playoffs if they can continue to win games. As many of you know, the Bruins recently relieved Claude Julien of his head coaching duties due to the teams inability to produce. Since being named interim head coach, Bruce Cassidy has lead the Bruins to a perfect 3-0-0 record. Cassidy has given the Bruins new life and a new style of offensive play, but is this going to continue is the question.
The Boston Bruins definitely need to make a trade despite being 3-0-0 under Bruce Cassidy. The Bruins received a spark when Julien was fired but it probably won’t last long with this roster. This is definitely the time to acquire Landeskog because of the offensive game Cassidy has the Bruins playing. Gabriel Landeskog would be a terrific fit in Boston. He is a strong, two-way player and could give the B’s that extra push they have been looking for. He’ll bring his toughness and scoring ability, which this team needs some more of. He will also be a great fit on the Bruins power play! If the Bruins were to acquire Landeskog, here is what I think the lines will look like:
Power play lines could look like this:
Now you might be saying “What happened to Beleskey, Czarnik and Hayes?” Well Czarnik is currently on injured reserve so we do not know when he will be back. As for Beleskey, he could be packaged in a deal to acquire Landeskog...and well Jimmy Hayes will be watching games from the ninth floor at TD Garden until Cehlarik gets sent down to Providence.
To make this trade happen the Bruins are going to have to put an asset out there. Meaning that Colorado has to gain something of equal value or something that they need desperately. I could see Matt Beleskey being packaged in a trade with a guy like Zboril or DeBrusk and a draft pick. The problem is that the Avs are looking for us to give them a guy like Brandon Carlo or Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins should NOT be giving up Carlo or McAvoy as they are the defensive future of the organization. But, if the deal was over the top that the B’s just couldn’t say no then I believe Brandon Carlo will be the first to go before Charlie McAvoy. I say this because we have a guy like Colin Miller who is getting better as he plays more games in the NHL and we also have another defensive prospect that is top notch in Jeremy Lauzon. Also in the offseason the B’s could potentially go after Kevin Shattenkirk in free agency. SO, if the Avs give the Bruins an over the top offer which includes Landeskog and maybe Patrick Wiercioch for Brandon Carlo, Zboril or DeBrusk and maybe a pick then I don’t see the Bruins saying no. One other problem is the cap space. If the Bruins do not have the cap space to acquire Landeskog then obviously they can’t. It’ll take a little more than Beleskey and Carlo gone to get enough cap space to acquire Landeskog. If they could somehow get Colorado to take Jimmy Hayes off our hands then maybe we will have enough cap space but again that’s not definite. You also have to remember Anton Khudobin is making about a million dollars right now and I doubt he will be back next year after only having two wins so far this season, so that clears some space as well, but not much. All in all, I think the Bruins should give up what they need to in order to acquire Landeskog as long as it is not too much. Landeskog would be a good fit on the B’s and will help this team make their final push for the playoffs.