The Boston Bruins made a deal for a veteran winger ahead of Monday's 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline, but it wasn't for Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds or Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone.
Boston instead swung a trade for New Jersey Devils left winger Marcus Johansson, per multiple reports.
Johansson coming to Boston — Joe McDonald (@JoeyMacHockey) February 25, 2019
A second round pick in 2019 and a fourth round pick in 2020 from Bruins to Jersey for Marcus Johansson, per a source — Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 25, 2019
Johansson, who can play both wing positions and center, has tallied 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 48 games for the Devils this season. The 28-year-old forward also has 70 career games of Stanley Cup playoff experience. He is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, so it appears this move is a rental for Boston.
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The Bruins also made a trade last week to acquire Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle in exchange for 22-year-old forward Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick. These trades aren't likely to give the Bruins enough firepower to beat the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning in a playoff series, but time will tell.
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