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July 9, 2013 | 2:04pm ET
Bruins exploring other trade options
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Boston Bruins would like to clear a little more salary cap space, and have been out shopping, but another trade doesn't appear to be imminent.

Last week, the Bruins traded center Tyler Seguin, center Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars in exchange for left wing Loui Eriksson, defenseman Joe Morrow, right wing Reilly Smith and left wing Matt Fraser.

The move helped them clear cap space, but with goaltender Tuukka Rask on the verge of signing a long-term extension worth more than $6 million per season and the team looking to make further additions, GM Peter Chiarelli is looking at creative ways to give the team cap flexibility.

Boston will get some relief with center Marc Savard being placed on long-term IR, but with roughly $6 million in current space, Chiarelli is limited in what he can do.

Center Chris Kelly has been shopped around the league, but the Bruins haven't been able to find a deal they're willing to accept.

It is believed the Bruins have also entertained calls for fan-favorite Brad Marchand, but "nothing is close," a source close to the team told TFP on Monday.

Also on Monday, long-time Bruins and NHL reporter Kevin Paul Dupont tweeted, "Also would not be surprised to see Marchand and/or Kelly traded."

While it would take a significant trade for Chiarelli to part with Marchand, the focus appears to be on Kelly and his $3 million cap hit.

Kelly, however, has a no-trade clause and will have to approve any deal the Bruins attempt to complete.


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