Sounds funny, right? The term "hockey deal?" Every deal's a hockey deal in the NHL, right?
Not exactly. Cam Neely said the Bruins had one, in principle, as the deadline neared on Wednesday.
"We had a deal in principle that was predicated on another team getting something done," Neely said. "We felt it was certainly a 'hockey deal.' As far as, you talk about rental players, the last few trade deadlines, when the players that get moved are players that teams aren't able to re-sign or don't have an interest in re-signing . . . When I say 'hockey deal,' it's a player that had term left on the contract."
Neely wouldn't say which player the Bruins were interested in since that player wasn't moved and, more importantly, is still under contract with another team. He insisted that the Bruins were satisfied in adding depth to its blue line in the form of Andrej Meszaros.
"We accomplished what we wanted to do in terms of depth to the blue line," Neely said. "We were in on something else, that we felt would've been good for us if it could've been accomplished. But it wasn't entirely in our control in that regard. I think it may potentially have laid some groundwork for the future. But again, You have to have a dance partner."
How do you feel about Neely's comments? According to what he said, the team tried to do more than add depth. Does that make yesterday's lack of a splash hurt even more? Let us know what you think with a comment.