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May 21, 2014 | 6:41pm ET
Bruins aim to improve
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Boston Bruins will look to tinker with their roster this off-season, and like many teams, will explore the possibility of making a significant move.

It seems more and more teams are willing to shake-up their roster this summer, and while the Bruins aren't expected to blow things up, they could make a significant move or two.

First, the Bruins must decide whether or not to re-sign unrestricted free agent forwards Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton.

According to a source close to the organization, TFP has learned that the Bruins are not expected to re-sign Thornton.

The team, however, will look to keep Iginla for one more year.

"Obviously, he's a leader, he's the captain of another team for a long time and he came in and added in an element to our group, especially the forward group," Bruins team president Cam Neely said in a Tuesday press conference. "He ended up scoring 30 goals, which is not easy in this league anymore, and we would like to try and see if we can figure something out moving forward with him. We will see where that goes, but I thought he fit in really well with our team."

Outside of the team's two pending UFA forwards, the Bruins are expected to pursue several trade scenarios this off-season.

The Bruins were reportedly close to acquiring defenseman Alexander Edler from the Vancouver Canucks prior to the March 5 trade deadline, but the deal fell through after Vancouver ownership supposedly nixed the deal, along with another one of the Canucks' deals that would have sent forward Ryan Kesler to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It's possible the Bruins revisit talks with the Canucks about Edler, or go after another defenseman either via free agency of trade.

With 17 players under contract for the 2014-15 season, the Bruins have between $6 million to $9 million in available salary cap space, depending on where the cap ends up. The team saves just over $4 million in additional cap space, though, with center Marc Savard remaining on long-term IR.

The Bruins could explore the possibility of trading forward Brad Marchand, who has three-years remaining on his contract with an annual cap hit of $4.5 million.

Marchand, 26, has a limited no-trade clause and may have to approve any deal the Bruins try to make.

Several teams inquired about Marchand's available last off-season and talks could pick up again. The Bruins, according to two sources close to the team, would be willing to listen, but there are no guarantees that they move him.


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