The Boston Bruins have added another depth piece. The Boston Sports Journal’s Joe McDonald reports that Tommy Wingels of the Chicago Blackhawks is headed to the Bruins in a deal that got done just before the deadline. Boston has confirmed that the return to Chicago is a conditional 2019 fifth-round pick. If the Bruins re-sign Wingels or advance through the first round of the playoffs, it becomes a 2019 fourth-rounder.
Wingels, 29, is a gritty bottom-six forward who provided a nice edge to the Blackhawks’ forward corps this season after signing as a free agent last summer. Wingels is also a former 30-point scored during his time with the San Jose Sharks and can be an effective power forward in the right situation.
The Bruins were known to be looking for forward depth heading into the deadline, but after the loss of Anders Bjork to season-ending injury and the trade of Frank Vatrano, that interest ramped up. Rick Nash was obviously the major addition up front in Boston, but as far as depth options, Wingels joins free agent signing Brian Gionta and expected rookie signing Ryan Donato as the Bruins’ new understudies for the postseason run.