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February 9, 2014 | 9:15pm ET
GM says he wants another defenseman
TheFourthPeriod.com

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is pleased with his team's performance heading into the Olympic break, but admits he wants to add a defenseman by the March 5 trade deadline.

Teams can continue talking trade during the break, but cannot complete any moves until Feb. 24.

In an interview with the Boston Herald, Chiarelli revealed his contentment with how his team has performed, thus far.

"As always, our structure has been good," he said. "I think we have improved our ability to score. We still struggle at times to finish, but thatís something that we have been focusing on. I think our depth has been outstanding, through the forwards that we brought up and now you see the (defensemen) in there. Generally, I think the four lines have been performing -- you can never have four lines at once performing at their top level -- but I have been happy with their level of performance."

With defenseman Dennis Seidenberg out of the season, Chiarelli has been on the lookout for another blueliner, but does not want to give up anything off of his current roster to acquire one.

The Bruins have been linked to New York Islanders rearguard Andrew MacDonald and New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi.

"I am looking for some depth defensively," Chiarelli said. "Not so much offensively, but defensively. Having said that, I think our group's been pretty good depth-wise. I like the personality of our team, so if we don't end up doing anything, then we don't end up doing anything and I'm OK with that. But I'd like to add some depth at some point defensively."

Chiarelli knows the market is thin, and might have to get creative if he wants to make a move.

"I think it's going to be a tough market. It is going to be tough to get players," he said. "It is even more close this year and the lowering of the (salary) cap has done that. The lowering of the cap also -- so it's close, way more teams are at the cap so they're not willing to give up roster players. I'm in that position. I don't want to give up any roster players so I don't see it changing. Therefore, what is going to be the result is high, high prices."


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