According to a report from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, the Bruins are shopping forward Ryan Spooner. Haggerty mentions the Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders and San Jose Sharks as teams who have all expressed interest in the 23-year-old forward.
“Trade talks have increased the past few weeks because A) the situation has worsened recently with Spooner’s prolonged stint as a miscast fourth line winger and B) the speedy, skilled forward will most likely be a man without a spot when 22-year-old left winger Frank Vatrano returns sometime around the mid-December range. Spooner is off to a slow start this season, in 25 games, the 2010 2nd-round pick has only 3 goals and 6 assists and has even seen time on the Bruins fourth line.”
Spooner is off to a slow start this season, in 25 games, the 2010 2nd-round pick has only 3 goals and 6 assists and has even seen time on the Bruins fourth line and like Haggerty points out, with the return of Frank Vatrano becoming closer by the day, Ryan Spooner could soon find himself watching games from the press box.
If the Bruins were to pull the trigger and trade Spooner, Haggerty reports the team is looking for offense, not defense, in return for Spooner.
“According to one source, the Bruins are asking for a “top six forward” in exchange for a package including Spooner, and it’s a lead pipe certainty they’re looking for some goal-scoring given their 24th ranked offense this season. That represents a bit of an organizational sea change after the Bruins searched low and high for a top-4 defenseman in trade over the summer. The emergence of 20-year-old Brandon Carlo, and the Boston defense’s performance across the board, has lowered the Black and Gold’s priority list need to trade for a D-man.”
Spooner, coming off arguably his best game of the season against the Panthers on Monday night, has heard the rumors and he is not letting them get to him. “I definitely want to play here” Spooner told reporters after Monday nights game. “I want to help out and that’s kind of where I’m at now. If I play like I did [against the Panthers], I think I’ll be fine. I just want to go out, I want to help out, and that’s kind of where I’m at right now.”