Boston Bruins Rumors

Pierre LeBrun

In the meantime, Chiarelli confirmed he’s working the phones trying to make a deal ahead of the Feb. 12 Olympic roster freeze and March 3 trade deadline.

“I’m looking every year [to make trades] but maybe more so this year because of the way we performed,” Chiarelli said. “Having said all that, we want to be in the playoffs and we want to succeed in the playoffs.”

The Bruins have plenty of ammunition at their disposal in trade talks. They have nine draft picks in the first two rounds over the next two years, including a pair of first-rounders courtesy of the Phil Kessel trade in September (Toronto sent over a first-rounder for both 2010 and 2011). Some of those picks are in play.

“But I can tell you one thing — I’m not trading Toronto’s pick [for this year],” Chiarelli said. “I am not trading it. That pick is too valuable.”

The Leafs are 28th in the overall standings, so that asset looks more like a lottery pick, which could wind up being the first overall selection.

While Chiarelli refused to discuss any specific names, another NHL source told that the Bruins are very much in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes, along with Los Angeles in particular. While Vancouver, Philadelphia and Chicago also have reported interest, it appears the Bruins and Kings are the front-runners at this point.

But will anyone pay the price? The Thrashers, I’m told, are looking for a package that includes a first-round pick, a prospect and a player from the NHL roster. Kovalchuk is an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The Bruins next play Friday at Buffalo before hosting Los Angeles on Saturday.

13 Responses to Boston Bruins Rumors

  1. futurebruin says:

    i read somehwere that the Bruins are talking to Calgary about trading for Phaneuf.  God only knows what Sutter will ask for in return though.  Link is

    Also, I read that the Bruins are hot on the trail of Ray Whitney, who would probably go on a line with Recchi and Bergeron.  That's a killer line offensively.  They have the skill and leadership to get it done when anything is needed.  Link to that story is

  2. Tachmo says:

    I would have to disagree that Whitney would form a killer offensive line with Bergeron and Recchi. Boston is in need of a legitimate 1st line offensive player. Whitney is probably a decent option but is probably in the same class as many Bruins. Boston is absolutely stacked with 2nd line players. Krejci, Recchi, Sturm, Wheeler, Ryder, Satan, Lucic, and probably even Bergeron. The only legitimate 1st line offensive threat is Savard. 
    My feeling on the matter is leave Whitney alone, he provides little upgrade to what we already have.

    As a Bruins fan I was very dissapointed to see Kessel go. Boston was so close last year to beating Carolina and was one series away from going to the Cup. We have not been this close to playoff succes in like 15 years. I knew by losing Kessel our offence would suffer. He made the offence go in my opinion and was the dynamic player that made Boston tick.

    Boston is in major need of a player like Kovalchuk. I would like to see him in a Bruins uniform for the right price. I am happy to hear Chiarelli has made it clear that Toronto's 1st rounder is off the table. Whoever gets Kovalchuk is going to front runners. Kovalchuk simply wins hockey games with big goals. I couldn't imagine how bad Atlanta would be without him all these years.  

  3. bbruins37 says:

    youre vastly underrating bergeron. remember, his role right now is to go out against every other team's top offensive line, and he still manages to lead the bruins in scoring. the fact that the bruins are so deep at center means that we can afford to put himin a checking role. he's capable of 70+ points as we've seen. krejci had a rough start because of the injury, but has looked pretty damn good of late. and you cant just forget about last season. i think we have three centers that are top line talents; all capable of putting up points, and all very good defensively (even savard is good defensively under julien now).

    on the wings, you're right, its a bunch of second line guys, except for lucic. he's the perfect complement for a top line as he clears space, and can keep up offensively. i think wheeler has the potential to be a top guy someday though.

    you, along with everyone else, are REALLY underrating whitney (as has been the story for him his entire career). he is without a doubt a top line guy. his consistency is pretty remarkable, as he's always around that point per game mark. even this year, on one of the worst teams in the league, he's putting up some good stats. he's a wizard with the puck (hence his nickname), and can set it up or score himself. he'd look good with anyof our crafty centers. also, he's a bruin-killer, so it would be nice to get him for that reason as well.

    i dont think kovalchuk is a good idea. do you really want to give up a top prospect, a first, and a roster player (ive heard everything from lucic to krejci to wheeler to even rask)? i think whitney would be the best bet right now

  4. Tachmo says:

    I in no way want to underrate Bergeron. He is a one of the best 2 way players in the game. Getting the nod from Yzerman proves that. He plays a role on this team that is not easily replaceable.  

    Whitney is a proven scorer, but I don't think he is much of an upgrade over what we have. He could produce some majic with savard, so I wouldn't be apposed to it at all. I just hope they don't over pay for his services. 

    Kovalchuk is a 50 goal man. Your damn rights I would like to see a trade for him.  I wouldn't include Rask or Lucic in any deal though. I could live with dealing Krejci or Wheeler. 

    Ryder, Wheeler, Hammil and Bos 1st, Bos 2nd

  5. futurebruin says:

    So, why would Atlanta want Ryder?

  6. nordiques100 says:

    krejci has 2 goals in the last 17 games. plain and simple at his contract number he has to do better. injuries are a crutch. if he IS hurt, dont play. he hasnt helped the team any. and "pretty darn good of late" is inaccurate as he's been a -5 and had 1 measley goal in the last 4, all losses.

    and dont give this crap about chances and people not finishing. he's paid to produce so produce. not almost.


  7. Tachmo says:

    I'm hoping they take Ryder and as compensation we provide an extra draft pick or prospect. It would be a long shot, but it would give Boston a fighting chance of resiging Kovalchuk.

  8. Tachmo says:

    I agree. He took the money, now it's time to produce. No excuses.

  9. reinjosh says:

    Hmm, i don't see it happening. And I doubt Hamill would be included. He isn't progressing well enough to warrant Atlanta wanting him (although its possible)
    I would say Krejci, Colborne, 1st for Kovie. I doubt he would sign an extension anyways. He wants to test free agency.
    But giving up Krejci would allow your center prospects to fall into the 3rd line spot.

  10. Tachmo says:

    Yah. I don't see it happening either. Boston is stuck with Ryder. I don't get that guy? He was a big part of the offence last year. He seems to take every second year off.
    I'd take that trade for a rental of Kovalchuk.

  11. bbruins37 says:

    he's not a goal scorer,he's more of a playmaker. i know you dont watch any bruins games, so you wouldnt know what he's been doing. and i meant more that he's played well lately as in since the first like 15 games of the season (poor choice of words on my part). sure he'll have his cold stretches in there (like the last few games), but overall he's played very well

  12. nordiques100 says:

    well ok then, 6 assists in 17 games isnt good enough either.

    he isnt sucking big cuck like ryder is at 4 mil per, but at 3.75 and supposed all world skill, he best be better than a 40 point player…which is roughly his pace this season.

    no i have not watched every minute of the bruins play, but know well enough that krejci isnt battling as much and seems to look like he is saving himself to be injury free for the olympics. he was a buzzard out there last year, legs on the go go go. this year…meh.

    if there is one bad thing about these olympics, its this. the euro's seem to give just less than usual during this time because a gold is more their stanley cup than for us canadians. maybe he'll ramp it up in march. someone better bleeping score for them or else they're going to have 2 lottery picks.

  13. Tachmo says:

    another game….another loss….it's getting embarassing and painful to watch. I wish Chara would look where he is shooting the puck sometimes. His head is buried into the ground taking wild one timers. They will have to figure this out soon.

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