Kalman’s Column: B’s should deal with Tampa … for Marty not Vinny

If we know one thing for sure, it’s that the Lightning will be looking for players that fit in two  categories – young and inexpensive. The Bruins have plenty of that to offer, and any deal would probably have to start with the inclusion of Mark Stuart, with a cap hit of $1.3 million this season and next. Based on St. Louis’ age and the Lightning’s dire financial straits, it’s might not take more than that. Maybe a second- or third-round pick. Maybe a mid-level forward prospect such as Byron Bitz or Martins Karsums. Perhaps instead of defense, the Lightning would want better forward, and Zach Hamill or the rights to Joe Colborne could land onthe table. Maybe they would take Matt Lashoff in Stuart’s place. But trading from their top six would make it easier for the Bruins once Andrew Ference and Ward are healthy. That’s also probably why you wait until the March 4 deadline and you’re 100 percent Ward and Ference can be around for the long haul before making a deal.

A bigger deal involving Manny Fernandez going to a third team, Olie Kolzig (just a $2.5 million cap hit for this season only) coming to the Hub from Tampa with St. Louis and the Lightning pulling in even more young talent and draft picks is just too grand for me to digest. And the Bruins would be foolish to break up the Tim Thomas-Fernandez duo … but that’s a topic for another column.

All the Bruins have to do is wait until the timing is right and then play “Let’s Make a Deal” with Tampa Bay. Only they have to divert their eyes from the direction some want them to look and go after St. Louis glance to the right where St. Louis resides.

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