NHL trade deadline: Likely sellers surging up standings is bad news for Bruins

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The Boston Bruins need help at the NHL trade deadline, and their pursuit of a top-four defenseman or top-six forward hasn't been helped by the fact that...
NHL trade deadline: Likely sellers rising in standings is bad news for Bruins originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

several potential sellers have surged up the standings in recent weeks.

Just a few weeks ago, the Nashville Predators were out of the playoff picture in the Central Division and looking like the most intriguing seller ahead of the trade deadline. Nashville has several talented players who could potentially be available, headlined by defenseman Mattias Ekholm and forwards Mikael Granlund, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg.

The Predators are no longer spiraling toward the lottery. Quite the opposite, in fact. Nashville has won six games in a row and eight of its last 10. As a result, the Preds are tied with the Chicago Blackhawks for the fourth and final playoff berth in the division.

Why would the Predators go into sell mode? Barring some crazy losing streak entering the April 12 deadline, selling key pieces would be a tough message to send to their fan base.

Another factor is that Ekholm, Arvidsson and Forsberg are all signed at least through next season, so there's no rush to move these guys. Nashville could have some difficult expansion draft protection decisions coming up, but it's not like they need to urgently get rid of any of these players.

This is a problem for the Bruins because Ekholm is the best defenseman rumored to be on the market. He's a legit two-way,…
Nick Goss
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