Haggerty: Possible blue line targets for Bruins

Haggerty: Possible blue line targets for Bruins
February 8, 2014, 1:15 am
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Things are looking pretty good for Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins as the team heads into the Olympic break with only one game left against the Ottawa Senators. 

The Bruins are sitting in first place in their division (56-36-16) and seven points behind the Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. 

The Bruins GM is happy with the makeup of his roster and Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty says there really aren't any glaring needs except for a top-shelf defenseman to replace the injured Dennis Seidenberg. 

As you can imagine, players like that aren't just sitting around waiting to be picked up. Haggerty identifies the top three targets that would help improve the Bruins blue line. 

Dan Girardi - New York Rangers

Girardi will likely cost a first round draft pick and perhaps a top prospect. The Bruins will likely find that to be too high a price to pay for a rental player. 

Andrew MacDonald - New York Islanders

MacDonald is having trouble coming to an extension agreement with the Islanders and could likely be had to a couple of draft picks. It's possible. 

Chris Phillips - Ottawa Senators

Haggerty says the Bruins "love" this guy but he may not be available because the Senators are still in the playoff hunt. 

If the Bruins are unable to land one of these big fish, there are plenty of other second tier defensemen available. If, however, the Bruins are forced to go that route, Haggerty says the team will likely wait until the trade deadline (March 5) to make a move.