Next the Bruins made a deal between the pipes with Dallas. Ilya Bryzgalov was dealt in exchange for Nikolai Khabibulin and a second round pick in 2009. "Khabby is an upgrade for us, has won a cup in the NEFHL and is under contract for another season after this year, adding him will allow us to re-up Nicklas Lidstrom so he can retire as a Boston Bruin". The winner of the Norris Trophy, given to the leagues outstanding defensman, Lidstrom is very much an important piece for the Bruins who hope to revenge last season’s first round upset at the hands of the New York Rangers.
To complete the trifecta, the Bruins acquired Jason Blake in a deal with the New York Islanders sending much maligned Marek Svatos and the second acquired from Dallas. "Jason has a wicked good contract for this season and next, his ability to score and his speed will mix well on our top two lines". Cap space is important as the team eyes certain 'character' players in UFA. With some more picks in the later rounds the Bruins will try to use some solid scouting to find a few gems and deplete a prospect pool recently devoid of any blue chippers.
Beyond that rumor persist that the Bruins are shopping defenseman Anton Volchenkov and are looking for futures, including draft picks, prospects and young guns. "If we can downgrade a position of strength to increase a position of weakness, we'll do it...but it has to be a good deal, in my experience depth is key to winning so if we can accomplish a bunch of goals in one trade, we will".