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Bruins Might Offer PTO This Offseason to Veteran Defenseman

The Boston Bruins might offer a PTO to a veteran defenseman in order to fill holes left by the exit of Torey Krug.

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The Boston Bruins still have some work to do on their blue line since losing Torey Krug in free agency. So, as fans looks at what’s still available to the organization, it’s not shocking to see ideas popping up that may not be franchise changers, but could have some merit.

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When asked, ‘Do you see any PTO’s for Boston? If so, who? If not, why?‘, Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now responded that one player might be an option. That one player was veteran defenseman Karl Alzner and Haggerty writes:

With the Boston Bruins potentially going very young with their defensemen group they could use a low-priced veteran or two (particularly on the left side where they may be losing Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug), and a proven defenseman like Alzner could be good insurance in case youngsters like Jakub Zboril or Urho Vaakanainen aren’t ready for prime time.

As mentioned, Alzner isn’t exactly a page-turner kind of addition for the Bruins. That said, he would come cheap, he’s got experience and he’s a leader who could help usher the younger players along — players who are going to need to take a big step this season if the team has any chance of repeating as Presidents’ Trophy winners.

Haggerty also mentions names like Antony Duclair because of his odd free agency situation and that teams haven’t really looked at him. The same goes for someone like Mikael Granlund who many assumed would have been snatched up by now, but is still out there. In the end, however, Haggerty believes both of these players would sign guaranteed offers at a lower value before accepting a PTO. As such, all roads lead back to Alzner.

Haggerty writes that if the team is going to target anything via the PTO route, it would be veteran defenseman first and then a potential goal-scoring top-9 winger.

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The Bruins Aren’t Done

The one thing that seemed clear from Haggerty’s comments are, regardless of a PTO or not, the Bruins aren’t done. He believes the team is still working on adding another blueliner and thinks a trade is still an option. In fact, he suggests a trade is more likely than a free-agent signing.

It appears the Bruins are using every avenue available in order to find another defenseman. It makes sense.

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