Peter Chiarelli admitted that the team is in worse shape following the trade of Johnny Boychuk. So, what now?

Two things about the Boyhcuk trade on Saturday were infuriating. We’ll get to those in a second.

But if you hadn’t heard, Boston traded Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders, bringing back two 2nd round picks, and a conditional 3rd pick that only applies if the Isles flip JB55 to another team in the Eastern Conference by the end of the season. Essentially, the Isles would have to be sellers by the trade deadline, and with the moves that Garth Snow has made this offseason, it’s looking more and more unlikely, as the Islanders are fringe playoff teams for many NHL reporters and analysts.

Johnny would be better off here, and the Bruins would be better off having him on the roster.

Now what’s maddening about the trade, number one, is that it was assumed dead last week, when Reilly Smith and Torey Krug signed team-friendly 1-year, $1.4M deals to help the team fit under the salary cap. (I’d love to have seen their faces when the news broke). Boychuk went from being gone for sure, to probably on the team. And the “need to trade Boychuk” rumors turned into “need to trade someone.” Could’ve been McQuaid. Could’ve been Campbell. Dumping Caron. A number of moves were available to get some wiggle room in terms of cap space. They no longer needed to shed $3.367M. They were in good shape.

Boychuk would go into the 2014-15 season as a year-long rental. They knew they wouldn’t be able to keep him–we’ll get back to this point later–but they were happy with him anchoring the 2nd D pairing and putting in solid minutes for a full season. He’s the type of player …read more