Word is out: The Bruins had a deal in place for Canucks defenseman Alex Edler . . . but only if the Canucks had made a deal with the Penguins to trade them Ryan Kesler.
Yup, you heard that right. The Penguins were in talks with the Canucks - but the deal fell through and Kesler stayed in Vancouver. That meant the Canucks didn't have the pieces in place to trade Edler to Boston.
The Bruins did need a top four defenseman, and Edler filled that void, but Boston also was going to reportedly have to trade Matt Bartkowski and either Alex Khokhlachev or Ryan Spooner. That's certainly no throwaway deal.
So not only were the Bruins going to part with two solid players, but the Penguins were going to get a stud in Kesler. If those things happened, does Chiarelli still get criticized - but in another way? (Being part of the facilitation to get Kesler to Pitt.)
That leads us to our question: Would you be happy if the Bruins made the Edler trade knowing that it meant the Penguins traded for Kesler?
Let us know in the comments section and be sure to watch CSNNE's Early Edition to listen to the discussion.