Long rumored to be acquiring Vladislav Gavrikov prior to the NHL trade deadline, the Boston Bruins pivoted on Thursday night to another Russian defenseman. And in the same trade, they acquired a player who was tailor made to play for the Bruins.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche are set to face-off against the team directly in front of them in the standings, the Winnipeg Jets. And the Avalanche are no longer focusing on just getting into the playoffs. They want the top seed.
All that and more in this Friday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
The Avalanche practiced before flying to Winnipeg for their big game on Friday. After practice, the talk was about positioning in the standings. Needless to say, the focus has changed in the last month.
The Bruins were rumored to have the framework of a deal in place for Vladislav Gavrikov. Instead, they pivoted to Dmitri Orlov from the Washington Capitals. A better option, if you ask me. They acquired the Russian defenseman on Thursday, as well as physical forward Garnet Hathaway for mostly draft picks.
Boston Hockey Now takes a look at the trade and why it makes the Bruins even more dangerous in the Eastern Conference.
From the Capitals perspective, it looks like they’ll be selling for the first time in a long time.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh: After an embarrassing loss at home, it might be time for the Penguins to consider selling at the NHL trade deadline.
San Jose: The Sharks took a beating on Thursday night, but old friend Martin Kaut scored in his second game with the team.
Philadelphia: A sight no one really expected to see: Sean Couturier on the ice.
Montreal: Some fun trade proposals from fans that the Canadiens crew took a look at.