If you’re a Boston Bruin fan that wants to see a trade happen prior to Friday’s Olympic roster freeze, don’t read any further.
CSN New England is reporting that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli does not plan on making any deals before 3:00 pm EST Friday. While noting that Chiarelli has had numerous discussions but nothing is expected.
Chiarelli had this to say,
“Nothing. I don’t really normally forecast when it comes to trades, but I don’t think there will be much action before the roster freeze… I’ve talked to some teams, but I don’t think anybody is in any hurry. You hear stuff about some guys going before the roster freeze, but you also know teams don’t want to take on the salary for an extra couple of weeks. But we don’t have anything going on.”
Sitting atop the Atlantic Division, the Bruins have somewhat of a luxury of having a six-point lead on the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning. It is known that the Bruins are interested in acquiring a veteran defenseman that is preferably a rental player.
Players that have been discussed include the New York Rangers’ Dan Girardi, the Ottawa Senators’ Chris Phillips and the New York Islanders’ Andrew MacDonald. What is holding up deals for the Bruins is the teams they’re supposedly talking with are not in ‘sell’ mode as of yet.
While it looks there won’t be any movement for Boston before the Olympics, expect at least one deal from the Bruins before the March 5 NHL trade deadline.