Gabriel Landeskog is reportedly a target of the Bruins. (Sergei Beiski/USA Today Sports)
Here’s this week’s mailbag …
There was some chatter that the Bruins are interested in Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog. What would the Avs be looking for? Should the Bs do it? Anthony, Framingham, MA
The Bleacher Report’s Adrian Dater, who is as wired into the Avalanche as anyone, first reported that the Bs were kicking the tires on the Colorado captain. The highly-skilled left-winger is a 25-35–60 man on a good team. But he’s not on a good team at all right now as the Avalanche are in the league basement. In addition to his skill, Landeskog is also attractive due to the $5.5 million he is due for the four seasons after this one. He’s still only 24 and would be a huge add to any team’s top six, including the Bs. But GM Joe Sakic will be asking for a boatload, as he should.
The Bs have allegedly already told them that Brandon Carlo is off the table. I figure it would take take at least two top prospects and a current roster player to pry the Swede away. Lost in everything is whether the Avs really want to trade their captain. The team is a mess right now and changes are definitely afoot. But is Gabriel Landeskog a reason for the problems in Colorado today? Hardly. Trading him would make an awful team even worse, at least in the short term. As for the Bs, he sure would look nice on David Krejci’s left-side but is a 25-goal 2nd-line LW worth kids you’ve been grooming for years to carry this team back to the top? It would be a “sexy” trade for sure but the guess here is that it never gets consummated.
Even though they’re in second in the Atlantic, the Bs don’t completely control their own fate right now. Do they still get in the playoffs? Richie, Medford, MA
I say they do get in. Despite their frequent playing down to their competition, the Bruins also do the opposite as we saw Tuesday night in St. Louis. They beat up on the Blues in David Backes’ first game back in the place where he made his bones, leading to a nice tribute scene during a stoppage in play. But I do think the Bruins are a good, if flawed team. I think they have too much heart and talent to not get in and I’ve seen them answer the bell enough. Tuukka Rask it playing unreal and I don’t expect a drop-off. As long as he stays healthy, they’re in. Matt Beleskey will be returning to the line-up soon enough and his addition have a quality-increasing ripple effect down the line-up.
Will the Detroit Red Wings continue their playoff streak this year? Don, Adams, MAs
The Bruins North American pro sports record of 29 straight playoff appearances will be safe by April. The Wings are already six points back of Ottawa for the third Atlantic seed with two more games played. In addition to an insane run, they’ll also need to leapfrog several teams to do so. It’s not happening. After many competitive, Hall of Famer-laden years, the Wings are finally dropping into the mid-tier teams of the NHL where they’re hardly contenders but not anywhere near the dregs of the league. It’s not unlike the rebuild-on-the-fly-but-stay-competitive thing the Bruins are doing. Once Henrik Zetterberg hangs them up, the old Red Wings mystique will be completely gone.
Any Netflix shows you can recommend? Lisa, Boston, MA
Though I haven’t seen much of anything lately due to internet issues and being busy, Netflix still has plenty of shows worth bingeing. “Stranger Things”, a blend of Spielberg, King, Carpenter, and the ‘80s, is a fun, creepy sci-fi ride that stars kids but isn’t necessarily for kids. Probably my favorite that Netflix has come up with and it’s really a great ride. If you want a slow, sweaty, Florida noir-ish series, give “Bloodline” a whirl. The top notch cast does stellar work in this Keys-set tale about an ostensibly “nice local family” that has dark secrets of its own that they’d prefer stay hidden. It takes a few eps to get rolling but it’s well worth the wait. “Orange Is The New Black” is not new but it’s excellent. The series, based on a book about an annoying yuppie who does a low-security bid, is hilarious, heartbreaking, infuriating, poignant, humane, crazy, and maybe the best show Netflix has produced. The diverse cast does incredible work in a screwed-up environment. After a dip in Season 3, the series returned with a force in Season 4.