The NHL trade deadline has come and there were not really any big moves.
The Bruins made some noise at the deadline acquiring Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau from the Islanders for prospects and trading Steven Kampfer for Greg Zanon.
98.5 The Sport Hub’s Bruins color analyst spoke with Toucher & Rich about moves the Bruins made, other teams’ trades and Columbus not dealing Rick Nash.
Did any teams really get significantly better with deals that they made before the deadline?
“In terms of this year I think Nashville probably got better in what their trying to accomplish out in the Western Conference. Closer to home with the Bruins it was kind of as advertised. You figured that they were going to try to get better or at least deeper in terms of what they had on the back end defensively and they added a couple of left hand shot defensemen, which is good for them and something that they needed.”
What did Beers think of the trade to acquire Brian Rolston from the New York Islanders?
“He’s a little older, he can play some different roles, but how much does he have left in the tank I guess is the big question for him.”
The B’s are still without Nathan Horton due to a concussion and Rich Peverley thanks to a MCL sprain in his right knee. If these guys were healthy where would Rolston fit in on this team?
“It would probably between him and Pouliot who’s going to be in the lineup in the playoffs because Rolston’s kind of a versatile guy too. You can use him in different situations he can play the point on the power play, he can still really bring it shot wise he’s got a great shot and he can skate.”
Many were surprised that Rick Nash did not get moved from the Columbus Blue Jackets. How does Beers think he’ll handle the rest of the season in Columbus?
“Probably the same way Columbus is going to, get through the rest of this. That’s going to be an interesting situation in the offseason mending fences there if that happens or if they just cut ties there with Rick Nash.”
It was learned that the New York Rangers were trying to make a move to acquire Nash from Columbus before the deadline on Monday. The Rangers are doing very well right now at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Why would the Rangers try to make this move during this successful run and what where they offering to Columbus?
“The reason is because Nash is, I mean he’s a world class player and if he’s motivated he’s a 40 goal scorer and those guys are hard to come by. If you don’t have to disrupt a lot of the nucleus of the team or kind of the personality of the team in order to do that. I don’t know what they were offering, but there were rumors out there that it was Dubinsky, who’s a real hard working guy blue collar type of player, but one of those top defensemen that they got back there.”
Could these rumors do anything to upset things in the locker room in New York?
The guys also discussed Vancouver’s dealing of Cody Hodgson to Buffalo for Zack Kassian. With this move Vancouver gets tougher, but is this move a reaction to what happened against the Bruins in the Finals last year?