BOSTON (CBS) – With the NHL Trade Deadline just five days away, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is dealing with some quiet phones.

“This is the slowest it’s been in my time here,” Chiarelli told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Johnston and Flynn on Wednesday, adding that things have picked up the last few days. “There are the normal reasons, with the parity and tightness in the standings, but I also think guys want to try to keep their players through the rest of the season and try to sign them.”

Chiarelli said his focus is on adding another forward and defenseman, adding depth to a struggling Bruins team, and even said he would not rule out a big name coming to Boston.

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“Last year we talked about adding a couple more bodies and chemistry. We were fortunate to get a couple of players that had addition years on their contracts and fit into our two-way system. I can’t tell you those deals are out there. I would hope to add some depth and I can’t dismiss the bigger deals, but the prices for rental players are through the roof right. We paid a good amount last year to get some payers in – I’m not saying we won’t this year — but they’re through the roof.”

As for the possibility of Columbus’ Rick Nash, Chiarelli said he couldn’t comment on specific players.

“I can’t really comment on that. There are more than one ‘impact players’ available, but I can’t talk about a specific player.”

Depth at forward is especially important for Boston right now, as they cope with the loss of Rich Peverley and the uncertain future of Nathan Horton. Chiarelli said he was confident Horton would return from his second concussion in the last eight months at some point this season, but the team is taking the injury into account when seeking a trade-deadline pickup.

“It certainly something that we would consider greatly. It is uncertain what will end up happening with Nathan,” said Chiarelli. “I’ve been trying to add a forward and a (defenseman). It’s always good to have depth, not just depth in the minors.”

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Comments (5)
  1. deano says:

    A big name? Nash will cost too much, NJ will never deal the Bruins Parise unless we give them way too much.

    Bruins should look to acquire Jerome Iginla. He is the perfect fit for this Bruins team and Calgary is in no position to win the cup for the next few years. Iginla is 36 and at the end of his contract and fills the need for veteran leadership, goal scoring, power play presence, and physical play. Iginla would be un upgrade over Horton and would give the Bruins a chance to win the cup the next two seasons.

    On top of that, the Bruins are one of the only cup contenders with more than enough cap space. The main pieces in the deal would have to be prospects and draft picks but the Bruins could add Horton as a player to be named later to Calgary in the deal as well.

    Bruins will not and should not trade Rask or Krecji, both are vital to the long term success of the franchise. The only core player they should trade away is Horton, because of his long term injury risk.

  2. Chip says:

    Umm Hello, Nash plays for Columbus, not Nashville.
    Due dilligence please if you want to be taken seriously as a hockey writer.

  3. JimB says:

    I only hope that the Bruins remember Joe Thornton and what that meant to the team.

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