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Boston Bruins Sniffing Around on Canucks’ Jake Virtanen in Trade

Two different reports cite the Boston Bruins as a team that has interest in Vancouver Canucks’ forward Jake Virtanen.

A couple of trusted hockey sources are reporting that there might be interest from the Boston Bruins on Vancouver Canucks’ forward Jake Virtanen. Apparently, that interest goes back a ways and it’s never quite dissipated, with talks potentially heating up as the Canucks look to make a change.

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According to Jimmy Murphy of Pittsburgh Hockey Now, a source last September told him the Bruins spoke with the Canucks regarding Virtanen. Murphy notes the Bruins are still interested, but says the team might have some competition on that front as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils might also have eyes on the winger.

Murphy quotes one source who wondered if the Bruins go so far as to offer up forward Jake DeBrusk. If so, that would be the kind of trade where two players who are having a bit of a rough go of things this season would find new homes and potentially new opportunities.

The potential issues with a DeBrusk-for-Virtanen swap are two-fold. First, there would need to be some salary cap maneuvering. DeBrusk makes $3.675 million over the next two seasons, whereas Virtanen makes $2.55 million. Second, trades going from the United States to Canada are a bit more tricky to pull off.

Jake Virtanen Vancouver Canucks
Jake Virtanen Vancouver Canucks

What About the Senators?

Elliotte Friedman noted on his 31 Thoughts podcast that he agrees the Bruins have interest in Virtanen, but so do the Ottawa Senators. He says:

“I think one of the teams that has been sniffing around Virtanen is Boston…I think Ottawa’s been a team that has had some interest with Virtanen in the past, that might be easier cause it’s Canada.”

Expect Virtanen’s name to remain in trade talks for a while. He’s already been talked about in connection to Calgary’s Sam Bennett and certainly more trade scenarios will be tossed about.

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  1. Steve

    February 8, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Trade a defenceman for virtanen….preferably moore and not Clifton

  2. try2behonest

    February 10, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    What does Vancouver want from Boston? How much salary will they take back? Are they looking for an NHL player, prospects or picks? Here’s a few offers:

    1) 2nd and 5th round picks
    2) Bjork and a 3rd rounder
    3) Vaakanainen
    4) Clifton and a 4th rounder
    5) Kase

    • NHL Trade Talk

      February 13, 2021 at 1:42 am

      I honestly have no real idea what Virtanen is worth in a trade.

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