WILMINGTON -- With only a couple of days prior to the Friday afternoon roster freeze prior to the Olympic break, it doesn’t look like the Bruins will be making any moves for the first of two trade deadlines this season.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told CSNNE.com that’s he had some trade discussions with other teams, but he doesn’t see anything coming together prior to the Feb. 7 deadline at 3 p.m.
“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,” said Chiarelli. “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.”
The freeze will be lifted on Feb. 23 following the conclusion of the Winter Games in Sochi, and then it will be a two-week frenzy leading up to the NHL trade deadline on March 5.
It’s clear the Bruins are looking for a veteran depth defenseman, preferably a left shot and on an expiring contract to bolster their blueline group headed into the playoffs. But the B’s general manager didn’t rule out anything depending on the players and offers that come by his desk between now and March 5 -- that includes deals for forwards or defensemen who could become available.
Defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Raphael Diaz were both moved over the last month by the Rangers and Canadiens respectively, but that’s not the kind of big, strong, solid defensive warrior-type defenseman that Chiarelli and the Bruins are seeking out prior to March 5.
Names like Dan Girardi of the Rangers, Chris Phillips of the Senators and Andy MacDonald of the Islanders have been thrown around as likely targets for the Bruins when it comes time for a deal, but none of those teams appear to be fully in “sell” mode quite yet.
Clearly the Bruins aren’t in anything close to desperation mode in the middle of a 7-1-1 stretch in their last nine games and comfortably in control of the Atlantic Division as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. They’ve also done a really nice job of stabilizing things defensively with a group of young D-men since Dennis Seidenberg blew out his right knee at the end of December.