Dynasty Hockey League

And The Rebuild Begins!

 

The DHL Bruins have entered a rebuild after yet ANOTHER early exit. This playoffs we finally made it out of the first round after an unreasonably close series with Ottawa, where we took a 3-0 series lead and only ended up winning 4-3. Following that, we got embarrassed in 5 by the Canadiens. Did I mention we we’re the first seed in the east? After so many disappointments I decided it was best for the team to end this chapter and start a new one, one focused on youth and development from within. And with that, it was time to move on from some tenured Bruins. 

Trade 1:

To Boston: Thomas Harley, Detroit 2nd S33 

To Detroit: Damon Severson

The first trade of the rebuild saw long time Bruins defenceman Severson sent to Detroit. Severson was initially acquired from Anaheim in exchange for defenceman Henri Jokiharju. Severson spent 5 seasons in Boston, racking up 161 points in 407 games. Severson was a steady 2nd pair dman in his time here, and we wish him the best in Detroit. The main piece in this trade for the Bruins is of course Thomas Harley. Harley is a smooth skating, playmaking defenceman with a solid 6’3″ frame and first round draft pick pedigree. Harley projects as a top-4 defenceman for the Bruins in the future. 

Trade 2:

To Boston: Rasmus Sandin, Carolina 2nd S33

To Chicago: Jonas Brodin

A very similar deal as the previous one, in which the Bruins send an older but well established top 4 defenceman in Jonas Brodin to Chicago for a defenceman prospect. Brodin spent 4 seasons in Boston, notching 94 points in 326 games. Coming to Boston is young defenceman Rasmus Sandin, who like Harley is also a first round pick. Sandin shows great two way skills and has produced offensively at every level so far. With 9 points in 29 NHL games this season at 21 years old, Sandin seems to have established himself as an NHL defender. Sandin projects as a top-4 defenceman. 

Trade 3:

To Boston: Ville Heinola

To Florida: Sidney Crosby, 8M

This trade seems perplexing at first glance. A superstar first line center AND cash for a prospect?! But when you look deeper into it, Crosby only has one more year on his contract and is purely a rental. Crosby is also 34 years old, and is too old to keep around for the rebuild. Crosby is a franchise legend, and to honor his career in Boston his number 87 will be raised to the rafters when he finally calls it quits. But for now, Crosby is off to Florida to try and help the Panthers find playoff success. In return, we receive yet another first round pedigree young defenceman in Ville Heinola. Heinola, only 20, has put up some pretty remarkable numbers in the AHL for a defenceman of his age. Heinola fits the same mold as the other two, good offensive minded defenceman who isn’t too shabby in his own end. Much like the other two, we project Heinola to be a top 4 defenceman. 

So far the Bruins rebuild has focused on building from the blueline out. With Fox already on the team, having three exciting young prospects in the system should hopefully translate into the DHL Bruins having an extremely strong defensive core in the future. The trading is far from over though, as it can be argued that the Bruins still have their most valuable trading chips on the table. 

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