With less than 24 hours to go before the NHL trade deadline, the Boston Bruins may be looking to make some personnel changes. General manager Peter Chiarelli seems confident that he’ll be able to do something before 3 p.m. tomorrow. However, here’s the big thing: he is not willing to move anyone off the current roster, according to Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.
“I’ve been clear in telling people I’ve talked to that I don’t want to move anyone off our roster,” Chiarelli told Dupont. That means any trades that may occur will probably involve draft picks or prospects. (So does that mean we can all put an end to agonizing over the distant possibility of Tuukka Rask being traded? It’s getting old!)
- Samuel Pahlsson (center), currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Interestingly, he was a Bruin for a 17-game stint in 2000. This season to date with Columbus, he has 11 points in 61 games.
- Jaroslav Spacek (defense), currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes. He’s already been traded once this season–from Montreal to Carolina–and his years of NHL experience dating back to 1998 could provide some veteran presence on the back end.
- Johnny Oduya (defense), currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets. His NHL experience goes back to 2006 and he’s usually good for about 20 points a season. He’s an RFA on July 1. Winnipeg is trying to make a playoff run, though, so they may not be willing to do much.
- David Jones (right wing), currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche. Jones had a career-best season last year with 27 goals and 18 assists in 77 games. This season he’s tallied 15 goals and 13 assists in 53 games so far.
- Daniel Winnick (center), currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche. He has five goals and 13 assists in 63 games so far this season.
- T.J. Galiardi (center), currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche. His best production came two years ago (15 goals, 24 assists) and he’s had eight goals and six assists in 55 games this season.
Things that the Bruins should focus on:
- Defensive depth. The blueline has been weaker than it should be sometimes and could use a little more strength. This is where Spacek or Oduya might come in handy. Maybe go with Oduya in this case; he’s younger, so he has more youthful energy in him that could serve the Bruins well.
- A good forward or two, someone who could play on any of the top three lines (but don’t touch the Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line–it’s perfect!). In this case, Jones might be a good pick because of his previous production.
Chiarelli also addressed the absences of Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley. Peverley is expected to return in March or April from his knee injury. On the topic of Horton, Chiarelli believes that Horton will return this season, though he did add that no one can really chart the course of concussions.
It’s good to know that Chiarelli doesn’t want to mess with the current roster. Sure, the team has slumped a little lately, but overall is still a very good thing and you know the old adage–”if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
Rant Sports will be covering Deadline Day very closely. There is already a liveblog post here and I will cover, and analyze, any moves the Bruins may make tomorrow.