Bruins to be bust as deadline approaches

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli expects to be very busy between now and the Feb. 28 trade deadline, trying to figure out his best option for filling the void left by the loss of center Marc Savard.

“We built a team that is strong down the middle with our centermen, and obviously there will be a gap now,” said Chiarelli, who will be able to use a prorated portion of Savard’s $4.007 million salary on a deal. “So we’re going to have to look to fill that gap now. We’re going to have to be a little more diligent seeing what’s out there.

“Right now we’re looking at (rookie) Zach Hamill up the middle, and I don’t know if he’s the answer or not. But we want to go far in the playoffs and we want some experience, too. So we’re going to have some flexibility now with replacement players. In the next few weeks before the trade deadline, we’ll be busy.”

Meanwhile, Chiarelli was asked his view of defenseman Andrew Ference’s criticism of teammate Daniel Paille for his hit against Dallas’ Raymond Sawada — comments condemned by some hockey analysts.

“I’m not trying to offend Andy,” Chiarelli said. “I’m just saying, as a manager, before you make comments about stuff, I look at the tape. I talk to the people involved if I can, and I make an assessment. My take is that he probably (was) very sensitive to it, and reactive and emotional.”

27 Responses to Bruins to be bust as deadline approaches

  1. Boston_Bruins says:

    Hamill is not the answer, and neither is Paille. I’d like to see Caron up.


    I hate putting Seguin with the two plugs but what are you gonna do. Wheeler has proven he isn’t effective of the middle. And Ference is an idiot.

  2. Tachmo says:

    I am not convinced they need to bring in another center unless his name is  Brad Richards.
    They can roll:
    Lucic       Krejci        Horton
    Recchi     Bergeron   Marchand
    Wheeler  Seguin      Ryder  (HUGE ***** LINE)
    Thornton Campbell  Paille

    Needs of the team in order:

    1) I personally think they should focus on acquiring a top 4 defenceman that can provide some offence, and certainly Phillips is not the answer. I would like to see them bring in Gonchar if the price was right. He has two more years on his contract so that could run them into trouble cap wise going into next year.

    – Ryder and a pick for Gonchar.

    2) An impact forward that can produce points.

    3) A gritty forward for the playoffs. They need to get just a bit tougher to compete with Philly. I think one forward would really help, someone that can play on the 2nd or 3rd line. 

  3. Leafs_the_word says:

    You'd really prefer Gonchar to Kabelre?

  4. reinjosh says:

    Want to hear a shocker? Chiarelli is willing to move Toronto's 1st.

    I didn't think he had it in him to make a push.

  5. reinjosh says:

    At least your not fooling yourself with your needs. Too many Boston fans think Kampfer can cut it. He won't. You need a top PMD. A scoring forward would be helpful but its not as big an issue as a PMD. If you can get both, you would easily leap frog into the East's true contenders right up their with Philly.

    Personally I don't think Gonchar is your answer. He is far to often injured. The Bruins don't need another bandaid boy on their team. That's just me personally though.

    I remember arguing with bbruins that the Bruins needed to add toughness to compete with Philly. He kept telling me that they were tougher than Philly. Tangent lol

    I think you pretty much have your priorities straight. I would honestly love to see Chiarelli just go for it and spend the assets to make Boston into a beast of a contender. I'm getting sick of these GM's being cautious. Make some plays and go for a damn cup.

  6. reinjosh says:

    I just have to say, this is only Chiarelli running his mouth. He's only trying to drum up business and he doesn't have an actual offer. He's just using the media to try and get a trade offered to him. What an arrogant shit.

  7. Boston_Bruins says:

    Haha I wouldn't bet on that. The interview he said it in was on a local station and he was flat out asked if he would trade the Toronto pick. He replied in his usual way where he chooses his words very carefully and covers all the bases. He basically just said he'd consider moving it and that there was one serious discussion that he had with another team. You'll almost never get anything out of him in interviews. He's basically the anti-Burke when it comes to dealing with the media.

  8. Boston_Bruins says:

    Cooke strikes again by boarding Tyutin from behind. Needless to say nothing will come of this. Who's the next victim?

  9. reinjosh says:

    Haha you got what I was getting at lol.

    Yeah, it interested me. If he wouldn't consider it, I would call him an idiot. At least he realizes its a valuable trade chip. To me this shows he realizes that the Leafs might make it less valuable and it would make sense to try and play on its value before it drops. As much as he kind of annoys me, I've always said the guy is one of the smarter GM's in the league.

  10. dumbassdoorman says:

    His suspension should be huge!!!

  11. reinjosh says:

    And the Islanders goalie problems continue. Poluin apparently injured his arm in the warmup tonight versus the Leafs.

    Then Koskinen got scored on each of his first two shots. Just a shit show there.

  12. Tachmo says:

    I think Kaberle would be great too. He is a power play beast. I think Gonchar and Kaberle are similar. I like Gonchar's experience since he has won a cup and I think he is a very slight step up from Kaberle offensively. Although Kaberle is younger and maybe more durable. It is really close.

  13. Tachmo says:

    Kampfer is surprisingly a very talented yound defenceman. I thought that about Matt Hunwick too a few years ago. Kampfer is ok filling the holes and playing as a 5th or 6th guy for now, but heading into the playoffs they need someone with more experience.

    I think the Bruins have a mixed bag of toughness and stack up ok with Philly in that department. The main presence is having Lucic up front and a solid 3rd or 4th line in Thornton that can actually play the game and is tough. But then they have the all time wussies in Wheeler and Ryder. Krejci is soft. Recchi is gritty though.

  14. reinjosh says:

    Oh I won't suggest he hasn't played great. He has played admirable so far but to expect him to fill all the duties by himself, it wouldn't be very smart going into the playoffs. Get a PMD and let him grow behind that guy.

    The Bruins definitely have toughness, just not enough to stack up against the Flyers. Lucic is pretty much the epitome of a power forward (I would kill to get my hands on him). THey could just do with a little more toughness.

  15. reinjosh says:

    To be honest I disagree with you (I'm sure that's not a surprise haha). Gonchar is getting a lot older and for the past couple seasons he has been able to inflate his numbers playing with Crosby/Malkin/Staal. I honestly think Kaberle has the better game relative to Gonchar. Granted, I won't know till Kaberle plays for a team with a great offense but its a hunch.

  16. mojo19 says:

    They should trade us Grabner for Gustavsson

  17. dumbassdoorman says:


  18. Leafs_the_word says:

    My concern with Gonchar is the term of his deal, I agree both have game but Kaberle doesn't cost flexibility.

  19. canucks4thecup says:

    How about Wheeler and the first round pick for Kaberle??

  20. canucks4thecup says:

    Not like Vancouver really has any room for Grabner on our roster but it still sucks we gave up sooo much to get Keith Ballard

    We lost Grabner, Bernier (useless throw in), and a first round pick (florida selected quinton howden- team canada world juniors whos ripping up the WHL)
    It definitely would be nice to have that guy in our system….Bad trade by Mike Gillis I think, Grabner should have been traded but we could have got more for him with that first round pick.
  21. Tachmo says:

    I think Kaberle is worth Boston's later 1st round pick. I think Wheeler has addtional value, not much but some. So Toronto would maybe have to flip back a 3rd.


    why did Florida put Grabner on waivers right after they traded for hiim… trhat was a bone head move..


    They might be a shit show now, but they have some really good young guys.. they could soon be a playoff team…Grabner, Tavares, Moulson, Bailey,Okposo,Streit,Hamonic,De Hann,Nietreitter,2011 1st overall pick.. their future is pretty bright.. all they have to do is a few good signings and they'll be set..

  24. canucks4thecup says:

    10 years left on Dipietros deal at 4.5 is pretty scary

  25. BruinsBoy15 says:

    Has anyone thought about the 'Future Considerations' that were made with the trade of Marco Sturm. Well if you trade Toronto's pick and 'Past Considerations' to L.A. for Anze Kopitar, the Bruins will have a bright future.


    I think Burke does the same thing!!! every interview he claims hes in the works for a big deal, but it never happens… just to play the media


    Actually that deal and Yashins are saving the Islanders… without them they'd be UNDER the cap LOL….. another injury to the Canucks Blueline.. time to make a deal?

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