Senators Emerge as Favorites To Land Linus Ullmark From Bruins

Marvin Azrak
June 20, 2024  (10:23)

Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins
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One of the most intriguing offseason storylines for the Boston Bruins is what will happen with their goaltending situation involving Linus Ullmark.

Jeremy Swayman, a pending restricted free agent, seems poised to take over as the starter, especially after his stellar playoffs, as his +13.3 goals saved above expected led all postseason netminders.
Meanwhile, Linus Ullmark, with one year and $5 million left on his contract, has been at the center of numerous trade rumors.
It appeared Ullmark's time in Boston was nearing an end when a deal at the deadline fell through, reportedly because the 30 year-old nixed it.
Further speculation about his departure grew when the Bruins chose Swayman as their playoff starter, with Ullmark only making one appearance in Game 2 of Round 1 against the Maple Leafs.
With the Kings re-acquiring Darcy Kuemper and the New Jersey Devils landing Jacob Markstrom, the frontrunner for Ullmark's services now appears to be the Ottawa Senators.
According to Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Citizen, the Senators are making a strong push to acquire Ullmark, especially after Joonas Korpisalo struggled with a -16.1 goals saved above expected despite signing a 5 year, $20 million contract last offseason.
With Jacob Markstrom dealt to Devils, Senators step up efforts to land Boston's Linus Ullmark
It's unclear if Ottawa is on Ullmark's no-trade list, but Garrioch noted the following:
League sources say the Senators have circled back to the Bruins to see if there's a fit to acquire Ullmark to steady the club's struggling net, and those talks have intensified.

He also mentioned that Senators president of hockey operations and general manager Steve Staios has been pushing to acquire Ullmark.
If I'm not mistaken Garrioch's most recent article says something like a «league exec» believes the price would be Chychrun, a 1st and another draft pick. Bruce also notes Boston would prefer to trade Ulmark before a bonus is due on July 1.
It's shaping up to be an interesting summer for the Bruins and Ullmark, with the potential for significant changes in their goaltending lineup.