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Breakdown: Is Tuukka Rask a legitimate trade candidate; steering clear of a Bjork-Chiasson swap & more

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Another day, another set of trade rumors concerning the Bruins in what is expected to be a frantic offseason across the NHL. Let's take a look at all of the recent whispers, scenarios and potential moves linked to a B's club looking to retool and orchestrate another legitimate run at the Cup.

A Bjork/Chiasson swap?

The Bruins are far from the only club looking to make some major moves this fall, with the Edmonton Oilers looking to retool and surround more legitimate talent around the likes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The Oilers are already looking to find a more consistent option in net for next year, while a long recovery timeline for injured defenseman Oscar Klefbom could prompt GM Ken Holland to look for additional reinforcements on the blue line. But Edmonton is also dragged down by a glut of forwards in the middle-six, with the potential return of Jesse Puljujarvi giving the Oilers a surplus of right wingers.

Given Boston's need for impactful right wingers, especially in the middle six next to either David Krejci or Charlie Coyle, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Thursday that the Oilers "engaged" the Bruins on a potential swap of RW Alex Chiasson for LW Anders Bjork.

Even if Bjork went through the expected road bumps that come with a young players' first "full" season up in the NHL, the crafty winger still has offers plenty of potential, with his affordable three-year, $4.8 million contract extension making the 24-year-old forward a valuable trade asset. Chiasson, 30, has spent the previous two seasons with the Oilers — tallying 22 goals in 73 games during the 2018-19 season before recording 11 goals and 24 points in 65 games this season.

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