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February 26, 2014 | 12:15pm ET
Boston to be buyers at deadline
TheFourthPeriod.com

After losing in the Stanley Cup final to the Chicago Blackhawks last spring, the Boston Bruins added some key offense in acquiring Jarome Iginla and Reilly Smith over the summer.

With the March 5 trade deadline approaching, the Bruins will be looking to strengthen their blueline in attempts for another Cup run.

With captain and key defenseman Zdeno Chara approaching his 37th birthday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has gone on record saying the club is in need of young, defensive depth.

With Boston set for strong goaltending with Tuukka Rask, TSN and the Boston Herald speculates that goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban -- younger brother of P.K. -- could be a valuable part of a possible trade.

The Bruins would require a top-tier defenseman if they were to give up Subban in any package, but failing that, Chiarelli could turn his attention elsewhere.

Boston could focus on acquiring a defenseman like Andrew MacDonald of the New York Islanders or Tom Gilbert of the Florida Panthers.

The Bruins currently have about $4 million in salary cap space to play with, however Chiarelli isn't optimistic about the trade market.

"There's really not that many players available, so beggars can't be choosers, really, at this point," Chiarelli told the Boston Globe prior to the Olympic break. "There is not much of a market right now."

Trade talks during the Olympic break were minimal, but negotiations should pick up shortly, as the trade deadline is one week away.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Bruins are interested in Philadelphia defenseman Andrej Meszaros, and have held talks with the Flyers.

Meszaros, 28, is in the final year of a six-year, $24 million contract and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The Flyers are trying to move Meszaros, while looking for an upgrade on the blueline, at the same time.


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