The Bruins have long been rumored to be a potential trade landing spot for veteran defenseman Chris Phillips if the Ottawa Senators decide to part with the 17-year veteran. Phillips blocks shots and throws his 6-foot-3, 221-pound body around in the defensive zone -- a perfect candidate to fill the void created when Dennis Seidenberg suffered a season-ending knee injury -- and Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli has always valued players he knows from his days in the Senators front office.
But, contrary to rumor, a hockey source indicated to CSNNE.com that “there have been no conversations” between the two teams about Phillips. Bruins center prospect and Ottawa native Ryan Spooner was mentioned as a trade chip for Phillips in those rumors, but that same source indicated to CSNNE.com that there are no circumstances where Spooner gets traded for a rental.
Phillips, 35, and the Senators are involved if contract-extension talks, and there's certainly a good chance conversations could ensue between Chiarelli and Ottawa GM Bryan Murray if the sides are unable to come to a deal. Phillips is in the final of a three-year, $9.25 million contract, carrying an average annual cap hit of $3.08 million. He holds a limited no-movement clause and has been an institution in Ottawa, where he lives in the offseason and owns a restaurant.
One player familiar with the Senators organization wondered “if they would let go of a key organizational player like Phillips” after Daniel Alfredsson bolted for the Red Wings last summer.
The Bruins are actively seeking a veteran defenseman to pair with their young D corps, and there have been plenty of names linked to the team. Andrew MacDonald, Andrej Meszaros, Tom Gilbert, Nick Schultz, Henrik Tallinder and Christian Ehrhoff are among the names most mentioned as being headed to the Bruins in addition to Phillips.