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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Trade deadline day

Update 5:00 PM: The Bruins did absolutely nothing today. I'm a little dissapointed because the Bruins have a lot to offer and there are definitely areas that the Bruins are lacking in and Chiarelli probably should have made some trades. This current Bruins team is not bad though. If they play well and continue to improve, they will make the playoffs and could shock some people.

Anyway, the big winner was Pittsburgh, who got Hal Gill and Marion Hossa among other players. Meanwhile Detroit got fromer Bruin Brad Stuart for a 2nd round pick and a 4th round pick. Why couldn't the Bruins have made this trade? a 2nd and 4th round pick for a reliable top 4 defenseman like Brad Stuart is a bargain. The Bruins need another defenseman. Andrew Alberts will come back but that still leaves Mark Stuart or Shane Hnidy in the lineup. Hnidy and M. Stuart are good, but IO'd much rather a Brad Stuart in there. The Boston Globe Blog (link to the right) has a breakdown of all the trades, as does TSN and many other websites.

Update 1:37 PM: The Bruins have not made any trades yet, however many other teams have. Here is a complete list from TSN. Some big trades so far:
Marty Lapointe to Ottawa. 6th round pick to chicago.

Christobal Huet to Washington. A 2nd round pick in 2009 to Montreal.

Brian Campbell and a 7th round pick to San Jose. Steve Bernier and a 1st round pick to Buffalo

Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist to Dallas. Mike Smith, Jussi Jokinen, and Jeff Halpern to Tampa Bay.

The NHL trade deadline is today at 3:00 PM. The Bruins have not done anything yet but stay around the computer, something is bound to happen. TSN is usually the first media source that has the information posted. Two things did happen today though:
• Peter Forsberg has signed with the COlorado Avalanche.
• The Flyers have aquired Vaclav Prospal from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Alexandre Picard and a pick.

Chiarelli has not been very specific about what he wants. Sometimes he wants a top 6 forward, sometimes a stay at home defenseman, sometimes some depth, and sometimes he wants to keep the team just the way it is. I will tell you what I want though. I want either Marion Hossa or Olli Jokinen (or Brian Campbell if Buffalo is willing to deal him, he might be too expensive though), and I am more than happy to trade away some of our young talent to do so. I'd like to keep Lucic, but guys like Kessel, Krejci, Sobotka, Pelletier, Soderberg, and Stuart are all trade-able in my eyes. UFA-to-be Aaron Ward may also be traded.

Today is the big day! At 3:01 PM Peter Chiarelli will know what team Claude Julien is coaching for the rest of the season. (Oh yeah, and the Bruins play Ottawa tonight.)


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