BOSTON (CBS) – Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has made it clear Boston will be active at the NHL trade deadline.
With cap space, a coveted first round draft pick and some movable pieces, Chiarelli said the Bruins are in decent shape leading up to the February 28th deadline.
“In the real world, I’d like to add without subtracting,” Chiarelli said on his weekly call into 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich.
One way to do that is creating a package around Toronto’s first round pick, acquired in the Phil Kessel trade. Last year the Bruins received the second overall pick from Toronto, used to select Tyler Seguin.
Any deal involving the pick would have to bring in a big-name talent.
“It’s a valuable pick so it would have to be a valuable asset coming back,” Chiarelli said.
Although he would not get into any specifics, Chiarelli told T&R there is currently a deal on the table involving the draft pick, but nothing is imminent. With three weeks left until the deadline, other deals could soon find their way to the table as well.
“Right now prices are very high, because its three weeks before,” Chiarelli said. “Look at the West standings, they’re so tight. The East is tight too, just not as tight. There’s not a lot of sellers right now.”
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Tuesday on Felger and Massarotti, team President Cam Neely also reiterated the Bruins would be active leading up to the deadline.
“I think we’re going to look at anything we feel we can do to make our club better going into the postseason,” Neely said. “We have a really strong hockey team that we’d like to improve in a few areas. If it makes sense for us, we’ll do anything.”
This is a very different stance for the Bruins, who are not known for adding impact players at the trade deadline.
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