Report: Bruins won't deal top young talent, first-round pick for defensive help

Feb 10, 4:50 PM

The Boston Bruins are believed to be in the market for help on the blue line in advance of the NHL's March 5 trade deadline, but it doesn't appear as though the club is willing to deal their top-level young talent or their first-round pick in 2014.

Matt Bartkowski, 25, has appeared in 62 games for the Bruins since being drafted in the seventh round back in 2008, registering 12 assists and 22 penalty minutes in that time. Ryan Spooner, 22, was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, and has recorded 11 assists in 26 games at the NHL level. In the AHL, however, he has scored 22 goals and added 59 assists in his past 85 regular season games. Both players appear to be regarded as key pieces for the future in Boston.

The Bruins are currently seventh overall in the NHL, meaning they're likely to draft in the 20-30 range in what is expected to be a rather deep talent pool this June.

If Boston sticks to this line of thinking, it's unlikely the team would be able to acquire any of the three players mentioned below.

Mar 5, 5:48 PM

Analysis: Bruins acquire D Andrej Meszaros from Flyers for conditional 3rd-round pick

Mar 5, 5:48 PM

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Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has confirmed the acquisition of defenseman Andrej Meszaros from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a conditional third-round pick in 2014.

The 28-year-old has registered five goals and 12 assists while averaging 17:22 of ice time for the Flyers this season. As per Extra Skater, Meszaros began 54.7 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, with a Corsi for percentage of 49.2 at even strength.

Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Meszaros has appeared in 46 career postseason games, registering four goals and 11 assist for 15 points.

Meszaros is also a three-time Olympian, representing Slovakia in the 2006 (Turin), 2010 (Vancouver) and 2014 (Sochi) Olympic Games; this fact may have been an impetus in the acquisition, as it had been previously reported that countryman and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had been nudging the team towards this deal.

As per Chiarelli, the Bruins accomplished what they set out to do with this move, as well as a waiver claim made on defenseman Corey Potter.

Chiarelli added Meszaros will join the team on Thursday, but may not jump right into the lineup.

Mar 5, 3:06 PM

Report: Bruins acquire D Andrej Meszaros from Flyers for a third-round pick

Mar 5, 3:06 PM

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The Boston Bruins have acquired defenseman Andrej Meszaros from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a third-round pick. 

Meszaros has five goals and 17 points in 38 games this season.

Feb 28, 10:37 AM

Report: Bruins interested in Flyers D Andrej Meszaros

Feb 28, 10:37 AM

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The Philadelphia Flyers may be looking to trade defenseman Andrej Meszaros prior to the NHL's trade deadline, and according to Sam Carchidi of, the Boston Bruins are among the teams interested in obtaining the services of the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent.

The impetus behind such a move for Boston could be captain Zdeno Chara, who is believed to be "nudging the Bruins" to trade for the 28-year-old. 

Both defensemen represented Slovakia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and Chara appears to have a desire to play alongside his countryman in the NHL as well.

Carchidi further notes that in Sochi, Meszaros (the winner of the Barry Ashbee Award as the Flyers' best defenseman in 2010-11) "played in all situations and was one of Slovakia's top defensemen," but failed to register a point in four games.

In 36 games for the Flyers this season, Meszaros has scored five goals and added 12 assists while averaging just over 17 minutes of ice time per game.

Feb 27, 2:54 PM

Bruins GM Chiarelli would 'like to get a defenseman' deadline, may be targeting Chris Phillips

Feb 27, 2:54 PM

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The Boston Bruins are looking for a blueliner.

General manager told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that he'd "like to get a defenseman" prior to the NHL's trade deadline, but qualified that by adding "if we don't get one, I'm fine with that too...the way the market has been so far, I don't want to force a square peg into a round hole."

The Bruins possess the cap space and a roster spot in order to add a defenseman in light of a season-ending injury to Dennis Seidenberg. 

LeBrun suggests the Bruins might specifically target Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, an impending unrestricted free agent whose availability may depend on his team's playoff potential. LeBrun asserts "given Chiarelli's past relationship with Phillips during the GM's front-office years in Ottawa, he'd be a target if Phillips was made available by the Senators."

Phillips, 35, has scored one goal and added 12 assists for the Senators this season, while averaging just under 20 minutes per game.

Feb 10, 2:01 PM

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli wants to adds a defenceman

Feb 10, 2:01 PM

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli can't get past the loss of Dennis Seidenberg, revealing on Sunday that he wants to add another defenceman to strengthen the depth on the back-end, according to the Boston Herald

"I am looking for some depth defensively," he said during his state-of-the-team press conference before departing to coach Canada in Sochi. "Not so much offensively, but defensively... I always feel that we need eight good NHL defenders going in to the playoffs."

The Bruins have been linked to the New York Islanders Andrew MacDonald and the New York Rangers Dan Girardi, according to the Fourth Period.

Seidenberg, 32, injured his right leg in a Bruins 5-0 win over Ottawa on Dec. 28, sidelining him for the remainder of the season. He was +11 with 10 points in 34 games before going down.

Chiarelli said that he'd like to find a player "with a little bit of Seids' defending that we could find and help us" but noted that it would likely be a "tough market," aided by the lowering of the salary cap.

The Atlantic division-leading Bruins come into the Olympic break as the hottest team in either conference in their last 10 games, having picked up 16 of a possible 20 points in that span.

Feb 7, 2:51 PM

Report: Bruins interested in defensemen Girardi, MacDonald, Phillips

Feb 7, 2:51 PM

The Boston Bruins are believed to be seeking help on the blue line after a season-ending injury to veteran Dennis Seidenberg (and a host of young players lined up to fill in), and reports suggest they're interested in a trio of veteran Eastern Conference defensemen.

While general manager Peter Chiarelli indicated there will likely be no movement prior to the Olympic trade freeze, talks may pick up as soon as dealing can resume at 11:59 EST on Feb. 23.

The Bruins are currently fifth in the NHL in active payroll, with an estimated $1.55-million in available cap space for the remainder of the season.

Feb 5, 6:33 PM

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli doesn't expect much activity before the Olympic roster freeze

Feb 5, 6:33 PM

On Friday at 3 p.m. the NHL will freeze its member club's rosters for a couple of weeks to coincide with the Olympic break (rosters will unfreeze on Feb. 23). While the Olympic roster freeze deadline has been hyped up as a second trade deadline in some corners, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli isn't expecting a flurry of activity. 

"I don’t really normally forecast when it comes to trades, but I don’t think there will be much action before the roster freeze," Chiarelli told CSNNE Bruins reporter Joe Haggerty. "I’ve talked to some teams, but I don’t think anybody is in any hurry. You hear stuff about some guys going before the roster freeze, but you also know teams don’t want to take on the salary for an extra couple of weeks. But we don’t have anything going on."

So hockey fans should maybe re-think their plans of booking off work or skipping class on Friday in anticipation of glorious hockey trades.