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In today’s NHL rumors rundown, the Boston Bruins want to keep all three new trade deadline acquisitions. Can they afford it? Meanwhile, will the Edmonton Oilers entertain the idea of trading Brett Kulak in the offseason? The Ottawa Senators have chosen a few bidders to get past the first round of buyers and an interesting party is getting some attention. Finally, is a Joel Edmundson offseason trade more likely than one that could have happened at the trade deadline?

How Bruins Can Keep Orlov, Hathaway, Bertuzzi

The Boston Bruins have been delighted by Dmitry Orlov’s performance since being acquired ahead of this season’s trade deadline. GM Don Sweeney suggested he would like to keep him on an extension. That said, as Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic points out, keeping him might be easier said than done.

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If Orlov wants a $5.1 million AAV, the Bruins would have no choice but to move Matt Grzelcyk ($3,687,500 million) or Derek Forbort ($3 million), writes Shinzawa. He adds, “Perhaps even both.” He explains:

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Matt Grzelcyk, Boston Bruins (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

“They are signed through 2024. Neither may be in the Bruins’ long-term plans. The Bruins would also have to find a solution to the [Mike] Reilly dilemma. Reilly ($3 million) has been parked in Providence for most of the season because of cap issues.”

source – ‘ Could the Bruins re-sign Dmitry Orlov, Garnet Hathaway or Tyler Bertuzzi?’ – Fluto Shinzawa – The Athletic – 03.17/2023

The scribe notes that the Bruins would like to keep Orlov but it will be his call as to whether he wants to play for a competitive team and if he’s willing to leave money on the table.

With Tyler Bertuzzi, the Bruins need to find forwards they can sign to long-term deals. If he’s willing to sign for around $5.5 million per season — he might not be as this offseason is his best chance to cash in as a free agent–, the Bruins would be interested and can find the money for that. Again, they’d likely have to move Grzelcyk and Forbort, but there could be an appetite to shop Taylor Hall, who is under contract through 2025 at $6 million annually. Hall, 31, has partial no-trade protection.

As for Hathaway, Shinzawa writes that unless the forward accepts small term and dough, he will have better opportunities on the market.

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