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Bruins Should Consider Making Trade with Blues at 2023 Deadline

Noel Acciari St. Louis Blues

Heading into the 2022-23 season, many believed that the Boston Bruins would struggle to make the postseason because they started the year without notable players like Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy. Yet, that couldn’t be any further from the truth today, as they currently sport a ridiculous 37-5-4 record and have the most points in the NHL by a comfortable margin. As a result, they are expected to be buyers and have been linked to several big-name players because of it.

The St. Louis Blues, on the other hand, have taken a notable step in the wrong direction this campaign. At the time of this writing, they have a 23-21-3 record and do not possess a playoff spot because of it. If they are unable to turn things around by March 3, they will surely be sellers at the trade deadline. Although it would be great to see the Bruins acquire a star like Ryan O’Reilly or Vladimir Tarasenko, I’d argue that they should aim to bring back an underrated old friend from St. Louis instead. Let’s dive into why now.

Noel Acciari Becoming Rental Candidate for Blues

With the Blues expected to be sellers at the deadline, there’s no question that Noel Acciari is becoming a prime rental candidate. The 31-year-old forward is a pending unrestricted free agent (UFA) who carries an affordable $1.25 million cap hit, so there surely will be teams making a push for him at the deadline. After all, playoff teams are always aiming to add to their depth, and the Rhode Island native would provide them with just that.

Noel Acciari, St. Louis Blues (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Although Acciari is not as big of a name as other Blues rental candidates like O’Reilly, Tarasenko, and Ivan Barbashev, he is still a very effective NHL player. The eight-year veteran is quietly having a pretty good season for the Blues, too, as he has 10 goals to go along with 18 points in 47 games. Along with his quality secondary scoring, he also has made a major impact with his immense physicality, as he has recorded a whopping 144 hits on the year.

With the Bruins having a past connection with Acciari, I certainly could see them bringing him back and so does fellow THW writer Scott Roche. With that, he would also fill a need that they currently have, so there could be a real match here on paper.

Why the Bruins Should Bring Back Acciari

Although Acciari may not be the star player that many Bruins fans are hoping for, he has shown this season that he can be a quality point producer while playing in a…

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