Bruins defensemen Andrew Peeke and Parker Wotherspoon in a puck battle against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 16th, 2024 (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)(APMedia) (Photo Courtesy of Western Mass News)

Boston Bruins 2024 Trade Deadline Review

Following a particularly rough February for the Boston Bruins, who lost 8 of 12 in the month, they were expected to make a splash before the NHL’s March 8 trade deadline. However, the team, for the first time in years, stood pat.

Ahead of the deadline, many rumors were afoot, concerning a potential jolt the Bruins could need. Names that floated around were Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (he/him) and Vancouver Canucks center Elias Lindholm (he/him). Despite this, the Bruins would only make two minor trades. AHL forward Luke Toporowski (he/him) would be packaged with a sixth-round pick to the Minnesota Wild for forward Pat Maroon (he/him), and former Bruins defenseman Jakub Zboril (he/him) would be packaged with a third-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Andrew Peeke (he/him). As is the case with less attractive deadline acquisitions, the results have been mixed. Zboril and Toporowski would both be sent to the AHL affiliates for the teams they were traded to.

Maroon has been recovering from back surgery and has yet to play a game for the Bruins. At 35-years-old, it’s difficult to gauge his usefulness to the team until he plays. As for Peeke, he has been a regular fixture for the Bruins’ bottom defensive pair since his acquisition. However, with a glut of talent at the position, he will have to compete with Mason Lohrei (he/him), Parker Wotherspoon (he/him), and Kevin Shattenkirk (he/him) for the two spots of the bottom defensive pair.

Ever since the deadline, the Bruins have had a fairly smooth ride. However, it comes with a caveat: three of their four wins have come against teams out of the playoff race, and their one win has come against the Philadelphia Flyers, who are barely hanging on to their ambitions. Meanwhile, their two losses have been against a combative St. Louis Blues team and a New York Rangers team vying for the best record in the league. They also lost against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon. With ten games remaining in the season, including a six-game road stretch, the Bruins should hope to find consistency in their play before the postseason.

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