According to a well-placed league source, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was involved in significant trade discussions with the Vancouver Canucks for defenseman Alexander Edler.
In an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, Bruins President Cam Neely admitted that the team had another deal in the works.
"We were in on something else that we felt would have been good for us, if it could have got accomplished, but it wasn't entirely in our control," Neely revealed.
"We had a deal in principle that was predicated on another team getting something done. We felt it was certainly a 'hockey deal.' . . . It was a player that had term left on the contract."
It was initially believed that the Bruins may have been involved in a three-way trade for Calgary Flames sniper Mike Cammalleri, and while a league source confirmed to TFP that the Bruins expressed interest in Cammalleri, it was not part of a three-way deal.
The Boston Globe also reported this morning that Edler was a target for the Bruins, and had the Canucks dealt star forward Ryan Kesler to the Pittsburgh Penguins, they would have then sent Edler to Boston.
"There were a few good deals we were in. A little disappointed," Chiarelli said once the deadline passed. "Sometimes those deals come around in the summer and in the fall. You lay some groundwork for some deals later on too. We felt we did that too. But I thought we were in on a couple deals where it would have been good acquisitions."
It had been widely reported that Canucks ownership stepped in and prevented the Canucks from dealing the likes of Kesler, Edler and others -- teams had also inquired about defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa, both of whom have no-trade clauses like Kesler and Edler.
The Canucks are expected to reshape their roster over the off-season, upon which the likes of Kesler and Edler are expected to be dealt.
Neely also indicated that Wednesday's near-trade "may have laid some groundwork for the future."
In exchange for Edler, the Bruins would have sent a package that included one of defensemen Matt Bartkowski or Dougie Hamilton.