So your telling me if bruins are out in the 1st round, your happy with a 35 YO UFA opposed to a 24 YO who puts up more points, a 1st round pick, and a decent Prospect?
Yes and here is why...
- was never part of the Bruins long-term plans. They've been trying to trade him for a few years now. He's a good offensive player, but didn't fit the Bruins system. Many B's fans (myself include) were actually surprised with his production this year. I wish him well in New York, but I caution NYR fans to pump the brakes on Spooner because he's a very streaking performer. He's going to hit a stretch where he's giving you nothing offensively and is hurting you defensively.
1st round pick
- still a huge unknown and could never make an impact in the NHL. Not to mention Boston is loaded with prospects that we already don't have room for on the NHL roster.
- solid prospect, but again he was probably 4th or 5th on the B's prospect list for LHD. Zboril, Lauzon, Vaak & Grz were all ahead of him and he would have had a tough road ahead getting a look with the Bruins. He actually a perfect example of what I said about the 1st rounder and having no where for him on the NHL roster.
So from the Bruins view what did we really give up? A guy who wasn't part of the future, an unknown and our #4/#5 LHD prospect. Even if the B's go out in the first round we went out and acquired what the team needed (a big scoring RW for Krejci) and didn't hurt our future NHL team plans or even put a dent in our prospect pool.
I could just as easily write why this was great for the Rangers too and that's why I'm saying they both win. From a team need, current situation/plan, it was a win/win for both teams. Lastly, I still don't understand what your fascination with points is in judging this deal. The only thing you keep coming back to his Spooner has more points. Guess what, if he was still in Boston there is no guarantee that he'd have the same production.