As the trade deadline had seemingly passed without any action by Boston, they slipped in a deal in the waning minutes, sending a conditional draft pick to the Winnipeg Jets for right wing Drew Stafford. It represents a minimal cost trade that adds depth at the forward position, which was a need for Boston. Stafford has had an off year this season with Winnipeg with 13 points in 40 games. Stafford brings good offensive ability as he has put up 35 points in several years, as well as 50+ points twice.
VETERAN BRINGS ANOTHER OFFENSIVE OPTION
The former 13th overall pick in 2004 with Buffalo isn’t the same player as he once was. However, at the cost of a conditional sixth-round pick, this is a good move by Boston. The Bruins didn’t overpay for a young wing, and there were many out there. They all had high price tags. Stafford brings a veteran presence to the lower lines and gives the Bruins another offensive option.
He won’t put up 25+ goals like he once did, but he still has ability and a change of scenery may be good for him as he moves to the Bruins. Stafford also addresses the issues with the right side of the Bruins below the top two lines, which has become an issue.
The trade appears low risk, as Boston hopes he will contribute a little more production than the bottom liners have offensively. Not less than a year ago, Stafford had 21 goals and 17 assists for the Jets. It allows for more stability on the bottom lines and could be a help to Boston the rest of the year, even if he may be just a ‘rent-a-wing’.