Anthony Duclair of the San jose Sharks
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Sharks' Anthony Duclair Linked to Eastern Conference Contender

Published January 2, 2024 at 8:29

We are firmly in 2024, and that means NHL teams are running out of time to acquire assets to boost their offense for a playoff run. As it stands, Anthony Duclair is unlikely to end the season with the San Jos Sharks, and one report links him to a team in the Eastern Conference that is looking to go all the way.

Right now, Boston Bruins coach Jim Montgomery likes to use his top three players - Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Pavel Zacha - on the same line. It's a great plan in theory, but hasn't worked well in Boston as the team is getting outshot badly when that line isn't on the ice. The Athletic's Fluto Shinzawa says Elias Lindholm of the Calgary Flames would make a lot of sense.

"Running Lindholm between Zacha and Pastrnak would give the Bruins more pop in the offensive zone and reinforce their defensive capabilities. Montgomery could then follow up with a Marchand-Coyle-DeBrusk line, for example."

The issue here is there is likely to be a lot of competition for Lindholm's services, and landing him will likely mean giving up a haul. Shinzawa mentions that Anthony Duclair of the San Jose Sharks may be a much more realistic option.

Duclair scored 31 goals in 74 games with the Florida Panthers in 2021-22. Last year, he was hampered by injuries and managed just two goals in 20 games. This season, he has 7 goals and 13 points in 33 games, playing on a Sharks' team that doesn't provide a lot of help when it comes to scoring goals. Duclair could be just what the doctor ordered for the Bruins, if they can get him to click with someone else in the lineup.
January 2   |   194 answers
Sharks' Anthony Duclair Linked to Eastern Conference Contender

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