Ilya Kovalchuk

3 Impact Players Bruins Should Trade for in Wake of David Pastrnak Injury

David Pastrnak probably suffered the strangest injury the NHL has seen since Dustin "Pancakes" Penner, but a surgery is still surgery and he'll be out for at least two weeks. The NHL trade deadline is just under two weeks away and depending on how the team plays in that time, the Bruins may look to make a deal for a replacement Pastrnak. It's a difficult situation but they've already been been tied to multiple top-six wingers, so it only makes sense that these names could serve as a Pasta understudy. 

3. Michael Ferland

Ferland is a player that symbolizes Boston hockey as good as the next guy. He's a gritty winger who loves to work the corners and find his way into the slot area. He's currently second amongst forwards and third overall on the Carolina Hurricanes in hits. Not only that but he's made a decent name for himself as the left-winger to Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. If the Hurricanes do look to deal Ferland, Boston will undoubtedly come calling depending on the price. 

2. Ilya Kovalchuk

It's been reported that if the Kings should trade Kovalchuk, he'd waive his NMC for a trip to Boston. Kovalchuk may not fit the build of a gritty Boston player, but he's still got a ferocious wrist shot. He'd likely be the cheapest of all rentals on this list due to his dreadful contract and the Kings public desire to send him elsewhere. The Bruins could keep some of their young talents such as Danton Heinen, Jake Debrusk, or Trent Frederic with a Kovalchuk deal, whereas dealing for a star like Artemi Panarin would command at least one of those three. 

1. Wayne Simmonds

There may not be a player in the league that encapsulates the grit and work of Boston hockey than Wayne Simmonds. He's been the epitome of a goal scoring enforcer for years but his time in Philadelphia is undoubtedly coming to an end. He's a power play specialist when in front of the net, scoring five on the year which only trails to Sean Couturier and James van Reimsdyk on the Flyers. He'd be a fairly cheap option but could still command a first-round pick and a lesser prospect. It'd all be worth it as Simmonds would excel in a Bruins uniform.