Losing even one regular would cause issues for the Bruins, though, as there are few players at the AHL level in Providence that could be relied upon to contribute down the stretch or in the post-season. As a result, Chiarelli is forced to shop for a veteran defenseman and a forward that could provide insurance or play on a top-three line.
Several teams will determine their position as the trade deadline fast approaches, allowing the Bruins to consider some defensemen around the league.
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Bryan Allen, who has a $2.9 million cap hit, is likely to be moved at the deadline and could provide the Bruins with the strong veteran presence they seek.
Adrian Aucoin of the Phoenix Coyotes and Scott Hannan of the Calgary Flames could also be considered as they both have playoff experience and affordable cap hits.
New York Islanders blueliners Milan Jurcina and Mark Eaton could also be on the Bruins' list as the Isles currently sit eight points out of playoff contention and are likely to sell in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, Chiarelli is awaiting a decision out of Carolina to see the future or Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu, who is considered one of the hottest available commodities. The Bruins are expected to be on the list along with several other teams looking to acquire the 28-year-old pesky center.
Chiarelli could also attempt to deal for Coyotes' Ray Whitney, the Flames' Lee Stempniak or the Anaheim Ducks' Teemu Selanne, the last of whom would have to waive his no-movement clause to accept a deal.
More Trade Deadline Info
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| No-Trade/No-Movement Clauses
| Top 25 Available Players
| Team-by-Team Cap Info