Both the 2005 and 2006 seasons represented a changing of the tides for the Boston Bruins.
Over the span of those two years, Mike O’Connell, Jeff Gorton and Peter Chiarelli orchestrated a number of moves that uprooted the Original Six franchise — dealing away Joe Thornton, adding Zdeno Chara and investing in the future with youngsters like Patrice Bergeron.
Given the amount of upheaval felt in those two years, we figured we’d take a long look at all the moves taken in the post-lockout era that have allowed Boston to keep a Cup-contending window open for over a decade now.
After sorting through over 40 free-agent signings from 2005 onwards, we decided to take a look at all the trades struck by O’Connell, Gorton, Chiarelli and Don Sweeney.
In total, there were over 90 trades struck between the Bruins and other clubs since the 2004-05 lockout, although we’ve whittled this list down to 71 — with AHL-centered transactions not making the cut.
The Bruins have run the full gamut when it comes to placing your odds on the trade market, with the Original Six franchise emerging with some steals — and a number of duds — over the past 15 years.
After rolling through our five worst trades on Wednesday, let’s wade through the rest of Boston’s major misses today:
66 - Brawn over Brains - June 29, 2015
2017 3rd-round pick (Kirill Ustimenko)
This one … was a head-scratcher.
One of Sweeney’s first moves as Bruins GM was this swap with the Flyers — acquiring a proven agitator and pest in Rinaldo, but at the cost of a third-round pick.
Even though the Flyers whiffed on their pick in goalie Kirill Ustimenko, this trade still was a case of dreadful asset management from the Bruins — given both the draft capital expended and Rinaldo’s disastrous run in Boston.
Added to the roster in order to add some snarl to the lineup, Rinaldo spent most of his shifts looking to run opposing skaters, producing just three points over 52 games.
Suspended by the NHL for five games for an illegal hit against Tampa Bay’s Cédric Paquette, Rinaldo was ultimately placed on waivers and sent down to Providence — where he earned ANOTHER suspension in his first game down in the AHL after getting slapped with a match penalty for a dangerous hit.
Rinaldo never played another game up with Boston, spending the entire 2016-17 toiling down in Providence before leaving in free agency.