The Winnipeg Jets have traded Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins for a conditional sixth round pick.
The 31-year-old winger has 13 points in 40 games, including two power play goals. He averages a little over 13 minutes of ice time a game and has 68 shots on goal.
Stafford is a physical player on the wing and that’ll benefit the Bruins, especially if he can pick up his scoring pace. He’s also good at moving through traffic, but consistency has dogged him throughout his career.
“I’m excited,” Stafford said. “It’s a great opportunity to get back in the mix. It’s very similar to when I got moved here (to Winnipeg), a team that’s right in the hunt. That’s why you play, is to play in the playoffs.”
Stafford is in the final year of a two-year contract worth an average annual value of $4.35 million. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Stafford has 707 career games between the Sabres and Jets. He has 392 career points, including 179 goals.
The Bruins are currently third in the Atlantic Division with a 33-24-6 record. They’re tied with the Senators, but have played two more games than Ottawa. They’re also six points back on the division-leading Canadiens.
Stafford satisfies Boston’s need for a winger.
“I think he can probably [play] anywhere on the right side,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. “Good shot, strength, can get to the net, and has a power-play acumen, has a good shot. Hopefully he can contribute in all those areas.”