Hockey notes: Bruins about to acquire defenseman?

Joe Haggerty –

Here are a few random thoughts from the first few days of Olympic hockey competition while marveling that Vladimir “Rosie” Ruzicka has graduated from Sega 94 hockey to coaching the Czech Republic National team . .

(Also noteworthy that Russian Man of Mystery Sergei Zinovjev is skating as a bottom six forward with the high-octane Best of the Best squad from Russia. That means the former Bruins prospect – who beat feet back to Russia when the B’s wanted to send him back to the AHL for seasoning back in the pre-lockout 2003-04 season — beat out Alex Kovalev for a spot on Mother Russia’s elite hockey team after playing in the KHL the last two seasons.)

1) Reports from TSN hockey guru Darren Dreger out there that the Bruins have something cooking with a defenseman that should be announced after the Olympics are completed.

Two different NHL sources have confirmed that the B’s are indeed zeroing in on a defenseman, and one source further indicated that 27-year-old Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis could be Boston GM Peter Chiarelli’s main target.

Aaron Ward hadn’t heard anything about a potential trade when contacted the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Wednesday night, but that “there’s a list of places” he may be headed before the March 3 NHL trade deadline.

Hamhuis is headed for unrestricted free agency and would be looking at a pretty healthy payday after finishing with 23 assists in each of the last seasons. The solid defenseman has averaged 22 minutes per game over the course of his six seasons in the NHL, and would immediately help Boston’s D-man crew. The blueliner currently holds a $2 million cap hit for this season, and a pro-rated portion of that deal wouldn’t be a difficult fit under Boston’s crowded cap situation.