10) Trading Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a two 1st round picks and a 2nd round pick.
People may be shocked about this one, but it could end up being the Hershel Walker trade of the NHL. The Toronto pick has the potential to be a top 3 pick that could change this Boston franchise around. The other two picks also have a lot of potential. While Kessel is a good player, he isn’t elite talent. Granted it may be premature to call this a good move, it could at some point move up in the list.
9) Signing Blake Wheeler to an entry level deal from the Phoenix Coyotes.
Wheeler was a former 5th overall pick who refused to sign the Coyotes because they were not a traditional hockey market. After losing out on the Fabian Brunnstrom sweepstakes, the B’s looked to sign Wheeler. The signing on Wheeler was not only significant because he had a lot of potential to be a very good player, but it showed a new organizational philosophy and that players actually wanted to play in Boston. Wheeler ended up as a Calder contender and has shown flashes of brilliance.
8 ) Acquiring Marty Reasoner, Yan Stastny, and a 2nd round pick (Milan Lucic) from the Edmonton Oilers for Sergei Samsonov.
In what looked to be just another sellers move, the Bruins capitalized on the 2nd round pick they acquired from the Edmonton Oilers. They drafted hard hitting power forward Milan Lucic who has become a fan favorite and best power forwards in the league.
7) Acquiring Brad Boyes and Andy Delmore in a 3 way trade with the San Jose Sharks and the Buffalo Sabres for Jeff Jillson.
Boyes became a steal for the Bruins, posting 69 points and 26 goals in his first season while working magic with Patrice Bergeron. He suffered a sophmore slump, and was dealt to the St. Louis Blues for Dennis Wideman. Boyes went on to to have 43 and 33 goal seasons with the Blues.
6) Acquiring Glen Murray and Jozef Stumpel from the Los Angeles Kings for Jason Allison and Mikko Eloranta.
The B’s dealt disgruntled captain Jason Allison to the Kings for Muzz and Stump. Muzz worked magic with Joe Thornton and scored 44 goals and 92 points one season. He scored 24 or more goals all but one season for the rest of his career with the B’s. Stumpel was a very good player with the B’s, scoring 54 points in 72 games with the B’s and then 51 in 74 before being dealt back to LA.
5) Signing Tim Thomas from Finland, then later signing him to a 3 year, 3.3 million dollar deal.
At the time it went unnoticed, but Thomas filled in for the injured Bruins goalies and played very well. The Bruins were surprised when he was called up that he was not claimed on waivers. MOC, then about to be axed, rewarded him with a three year contract extension. People hated it at the time, but Thomas has gone on to win the Vezina and be one of the top 10 goalies in the league.
4) Acquiring Sergei Gonchar and Michael Nylander from the Washington Capitals for Shaone Morrisonn, a 1st round pick, two 2nd round picks, and a 4th round pick.
This was actually two separate deals, but they were essentially one. This deal may be high for some people in this list, but this was the type of deal that could have really helped the B’s. They had a very deep team in 2003-04, and could have made damage had they not choked to Montreal in the playoffs. The B’s could have also re-signed these guys. This was the last aggressive trade the B’s have made and they acquired two great players.
3) Acquiring Tuukka Rask from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Andrew Raycroft.
This one looks to be a steal for the B’s. Although Razor won the Calder, he had been struggling and it was clear he was not a number one goalie. The Leafs, having two young goalies in Rask and Justin Pogge, dealt Rask to the B’s. Rask has shown he is the top young goalie in the league and looks to have the stuff to be an elite netminder for the B’s in the years to come.
2) Signing Marc Savard to a 4 year, 20 million dollar deal; 7 year, 28.05 million dollar deal.
People were skeptical of this signing at first, sighting he only put up numbers with Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk as linemates, but Savard has proved to be a magician with the puck, and has the 2nd most assists since signing his deal only behind Joe Thornton. Savard is a top 3 passer in this league. He also had and will have one of the most cap friendly deals in the league for a player of his caliber.
1) Signing Zdeno Chara to a 5 year, 37.5 million dollar deal.
The new face of the franchise. He was one of the best free agents to ever hit the market post lockout and the Bruins got him. He has been a Norris finalist and won it once. He turned what was once an awful defense to one of the best in the NHL. Chara was the next phase as an elite defenseman in Boston following Bobby Orr, and Ray Bourque.