Should the Bruins sign Elias Lindholm? Or Steven Stamkos? Or trade for a 1C? Mailbag, Part 1

The Boston Bruins are gearing up for activity as they aim to move Linus Ullmark before the 2024 NHL Draft to free up more money for general manager Don Sweeney. With decisions to be made, fans are eager to know what the team’s plans are. Here’s Part 1 of the latest mailbag, with Part 2 coming on Monday.

“What free agents do you see the Bruins prioritizing this summer?” — Andrew S.

It seems like the Bruins are eyeing a big push for Elias Lindholm, who could be a valuable addition at center. Despite a slight dip in Lindholm’s market value due to his performance after being traded to Vancouver, teams often consider such fluctuations as part of the bigger picture. The trajectory of Lindholm’s career remains positive, and his style of play is expected to be a good fit for the Bruins.

The question remains whether Lindholm will be the only high-impact signing for the team. While there is a need for another scoring wing, constraints on the budget may limit pursuits of players like Jake Guentzel or Sam Reinhart. Additionally, bolstering the left side of the defense and adding depth players to the roster are also priorities for the Bruins.

“Do you believe Sweeney has the stomach to pay what it would take to get Elias Lindholm?” — Patrick H.

Yes, the Bruins are willing to make the necessary financial commitment to secure Lindholm, recognizing his importance in filling a significant need for the team despite a somewhat mediocre season.

As the Bruins navigate their options in the upcoming offseason, the quest for a top-tier center remains a focal point. With a thin free agent class this year, the team faces decisions on whether to pursue signings now or wait for potential targets in the future. The article delves into various scenarios involving potential acquisitions, including Steven Stamkos and Brock Nelson, to address the team’s needs effectively.

Overall, the Bruins’ offseason strategy hinges on maximizing the talents of key players like David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, and Jeremy Swayman. The team aims to strike a balance between immediate needs and long-term goals, utilizing available resources to strengthen the roster for the upcoming season.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the mailbag for more insights and updates on the Bruins’ offseason plans. (Top photo of Steven Stamkos: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)

By Fluto Shinzawa, Senior Writer for The Athletic covering the Boston Bruins. Follow Fluto on Twitter @flutoshinzawa