Bruins could use spark from a trade

Bruins could use spark from a trade
March 31, 2013, 12:30 am
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Bruins coach Claude Julien said his hockey club wasn’t looking for a “savior” after watching the Jarome Iginla trade disintegrate earlier this week.

The B’s coach chimed a similar sentiment following Saturday’s uninspired 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center when he was asked if his hockey club was in need of a spark. That spark could have been scratching one of his healthy, struggling forwards or shaking the lines up for more than a period or two, but Julien took it to mean the spark generated by a hockey trade prior to the April 3 deadline.

“If you’re talking about a trade then ‘no.’ I know it’s easy to say let’s bring in another guy and then all of a sudden he becomes a savior,” said Claude Julien. “But we had a good record at the beginning of the year. Maybe you look more at the injuries and maybe we miss some guys more than others. [Chris] Kelly is a pretty important part of our team.

“When you think of stability you look at [missing] McQuaid and Johnny [Boychuk] was just back tonight. It’s a lot of things. I think if we’re looking for help then we’re looking in the right direction. We need to be looking at ourselves because we’re really not playing well.”

Meanwhile the Bruins have been heavily scouting the San Jose Sharks over the last week, and San Jose has had their Eastern scout, John Ferguson Jr., tracking the Bruins over their last couple of games. CSN Bay Area Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz reported on Saturday night that Ryan Clowe’s agent has been approached about the rugged Sharks forward waiving his no trade clause.

Indications are a deal for Clowe could happen as soon as Sunday, and sources have confirmed to that the Bruins have some level of interest in the big, strong 30-year-old winger. There is also some concern about the health of Clowe’s shoulder as the winger has missed some games due to the injury, and hasn’t scored a goal yet in 27 games this season for the Sharks.

Kurz mentioned in his report that San Jose is looking for a first round pick and a prospect in exchange for Clowe, who averaged 20 goals per season over the previous four years before this season’s offensive slowdown. That might be a tad rich for Boston’s blood given their offer of Alex Khokhlachev and a second round pick to Dallas for Brenden Morrow.

But it’s also clear the Bruins do need a spark as well as a little soul-searching in the mirror after getting saddled with their fifth loss in the last seven games on Saturday afternoon in Philly.