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

Ian McLaren

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.