The March 5th NHL trading deadline is a ways off, but with the Winter Olympic hiatus rapidly approaching, it’s never to early to start analyzing potential deals. It’s no secret the Boston Bruins are looking to make a move and specifically for a defenseman in wake of Dennis Seidenberg‘s season-ending ACL injury. Rumors have been swirling of late.
Boston is already a championship contender comprised as is, but Peter Chiarelli knows his blue-line would benefit from some added firepower if they hope to hoist the Cup this spring. Adam McQuaid has been rumored to be on the block, though the Bruins additionally boast a wealth of young talent that could also be used to lure in a potential deadline acquistion.
Chiarelli will most likely look to obtain a veteran top-four defenseman with an expiring contract on an underachieving squad.
Here are some potential rentals:
Chris Phillips of the Ottawa Senators is an intriguing target. Chiarelli has the connect with their organization while Phillips totes an expiring deal. He has 16 years of NHL experience, including playoff appearences. Phillips also logs more the 20-minutes of ice time per game. But his no trade clause could hinder future talks. It’s important to note Chris Kelly and Zdeno Chara played alongside Phillips for several years and they could influence a move.
Tom Gilbert of the Florida Panthers would provide the Bruins with a menancing force alongside Chara down the stretch. The Panthers are out of the hunt and will likely be looking to sell off Gilbert before his contract expires at season’s end. His large frame would bring durability, physicality, and he is certainly capable of logging heavy minutes.
Nick Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers could be the most realistic target come the deadline. It was made public that numerous Oiler scouts were present at the Bruins game in Philadelphia on Saturday. Rumor has it Edmonton is looking to acquire a young forward and Jordan Caron‘s name was tossed into the conversation. Schultz’s Oilers have been dreadful. He has an expiring contract and would provide the Bruins with reliability and over 850 games worth of NHL experience.
Then there’s Marc Stuart of the Winnipeg Jets. The former Bruin is also riding out an expiring deal. Stuart is familiar with Boston’s system having previously played under Claude Julien. He’ll likely be available if the right asset is proposed.
Of course their are many other veteran defenseman on the market, but these are just a few that Chiarelli could be eyeing moving forward.