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Are the Bruins Hinting at a Charlie McAvoy Trade?

Could the Boston Bruins actually consider moving what was once looked as the future of their blue line in Charlie McAvoy?

James Murphy of Boston Sports NOW took a look at the potential the Boston Bruins might actually consider trading Charlie McAvoy in light of their recent struggles. It seems incredibly difficult to imagine the Bruins giving up on such a good young defenseman and a number of scribes suggest fans should calm down when it comes to chatter about a McAvoy trade, but there would be a large market out there for him should they feel he’s not the future of their blue line.

Murphy suggests there might be questions now as to whether or not McAvoy represents the heir-apparent on defense in Boston. More specifically, McAvoy has been criticized for his lack of on-ice communication that seems to be leading to missed plays, gaffes in coverage and other troubles for the Bruins.

Coach Bruce Cassidy has even called out his defense saying the team has not been up to snuff in that department. “We saw some poor defending, poor goaltending I think in Philly….The D need to communicate.” he said.

From there, immediately after one pro scout watched the Bruins blow their second three-goal lead, falling 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Sunday, Murphy got a text saying, “Don’t be surprised if the Bruins move McAvoy.”

Related: Penguins Still Interested in Jason Zucker

What Could Get Boston to Move McAvoy?

The Boston Bruins haven’t tried to hide the fact that they’re on the lookout for a top-six scoring winger in advance of the February 24 trade deadline. Most of the talk seems to include picks, prospects and younger depth players but what if they could move McAvoy for a forward that could be part of the longer-term plan? “Would and could Bruins general manager Don Sweeney be starting to explore what Charlie McAvoy could net in a trade before the deadline?” Murphy asks.

Murphy said he wouldn’t have believed it, but he wasn’t alone in that thought. After he received the text is when Murphy thought there might be something to the rumors.

He then adds that the Bruins aren’t shopping McAvoy, just that McAvoy could “be used to make that statement and address the Bruins most pressing need not just this season but for the foreseeable future”.

Related: Trevor Daley of Detroit Red Wings Requests Trade



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  2. Wendy Wheeler-Brackett

    January 24, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Your first mistake was to believe Murphy, he is a guy that regularly makes stuff up, don’t fall for it. There is a 0% chance the Bruins trade Charlie, Zero.

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