BOSTON — It became painfully obvious this season that despite the best of intentions by the organization, prospects Matt Lashoff and Martins Karsums were never going to be able to contribute to the Boston Bruins on a regular basis.
Today Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli parlayed his organizational depth by dealing both Lashoff and Karsums to Tampa Bay for 41-year-old veteran forward — and two-time Stanley Cup winner — Mark Recchi. The Bruins also acquired a second-round pick, which considering Tampa Bay’s awful season could be a valuable commodity.
Recchi, who hoisted the Cup with Pittsburgh and Carolina, will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. In 62 games played, Recchi has posted 13-32-45 totals and a minus-15 rating. He is a left-handed shot that should bolster Boston’s power play.
A first-round pick (22nd overall) of Boston in 2005, Lashoff just never panned out. His game plateaued as an offensive defenseman with little edge and poor decision-making abilities. In 46 NHL games, including 16 this season, he totaled just one goal and seven assists.
Karsums joined the Bruins organization as a second-round pick in ’04. After battling through leg injuries, he finally played a full season in the AHL last winter. This season he was solid with Providence, but in six games with Boston he registered just one assist.
UPDATE: We have already been informed that Chiarelli’s press conference originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. has been indefinitely postponed. Obviously, Chiarelli’s working on something. Whether it happens is another story. Will keep you all posted.