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BOSTON (CBS) – With the NHL trade deadline just a week away, rumors are swirling around the Boston Bruins.
Boston is rumored to be in the mix Calgary Flames forward Jerome Iginla, with some reports saying Calgary would like a package that includes an NHL player, high draft pick, and Boston’s first round pick in last year’s draft, Malcolm Subban.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Wednesday, and adamantly said Subban is not going anywhere.
“I could tell you this, I’m not trading Malcolm Subban,” Chiarelli said on Wednesday. “He’s young, a very good goalie prospect and I see him being a big part of our future. We have some goalie depth, but I can tell you I’m not trading Malcom Subban.”
Chiarelli said the 19-year-old Subban, selected 24th overall last year, is two or three years away from the NHL, but he could be between the pipes sooner.
Chiarelli wouldn’t say much else about his plans for the April 3 deadline, but did say the Bruins are looking for a defenseman and forward (not a center) to build up their depth ahead of the postseason.
While Chiarelli said they aren’t targeting a center, one player the Bruins may get without having to give up anything in return is Carl Soderberg, whose rights they acquired in 2007. Soderberg is currently playing in the elite Sweden league, and his team recently moved on in the playoffs, but Chiarelli is hoping Soderberg joins the B’s at some point this season.
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“We’ve had discussions with the team and the player, and there’s a good chance he comes over after their season is over. It’s not a lock; there are a couple obstacles like the team releasing him and the federation signing off on it,” said Chiarelli. “He says he’s ready to play in the league, and he is ready to play.”
“He’s a good two-way center,” Chiarelli said of Soderberg — who led Linkoping with 31 goals and 29 this season. “Hopefully we can get him, and we can get him any time after the deadline and he’ll still be eligible for the playoffs. It’ll be a good bonus pickup and I hope we can get him.”