The Skate Podcast: NESN’s Sophia Jurksztowicz talks Bruins toughness, NHL trade deadline


What do the Bruins need to get at the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 24?

That was one of the many topics The Skate Podcast co-hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman broached in this week’s episode with special guest Sophia Jurksztowicz of NESN, who graciously joined the guys in studio for nearly 30 minutes.

Jurksztowicz told behind-the-scenes tales about Jake DeBrusk, Brad Marchand and Andy Brickley in addition to explaining how she got to Boston and the Bruins beat.

But then the conversation turned to the trade deadline and Laird was wondering if all the talk about the Bruins adding some beef to their lineup was for naught because of some problem Bruce Cassidy might have with adding toughness.

“This year Cassidy was kind of blamed by the fans I felt for not having the team toughness, getting pushed around after Tuukka got run. So how does Cassidy feel about that? Does he want an enforcer or does he not?” Laird asked.

Jurksztowicz believes Cassidy would welcome that type of player if general manager Don Sweeney could acquire it.

“I don’t think he’d mind having that body. But just the way they responded after the Tuukka incident [in Columbus on Jan. 14>, not for one game but for the next several, and then it just kicked into this winning streak that they’ve been on,” Jurksztowicz said. “Krug stepped up. Chara always steps up. … I don’t think you can lean on Torey to do that. He’s great but I don’t think that’s going to be his role. So they need that and I think Bruce recognizes how much that could help. But who, with the cap they have, I don’t know.”

As for other needs, Kalman doesn’t think the Bruins have to necessarily hit a home run at this deadline.

“I think the bigger-ticket items they’re probably going to shy away from. We’ve talked a lot about Chris Kreider and we know the price is going to be ridiculous and I don’t think they’re going to be ready to do that,” he said. “There are some schools of thought that you don’t have to be so over the top to put this team over the top. They’ve been pretty damn good for two years and some subtle additions could help.”

Laird and Kalman also discussed the Jason Zucker trade to Pittsburgh, the idea of trading David Krejci to keep Torey Krug and the possible return of Joe Thornton.

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