Deadline day has Chiarelli weighing options

BOSTON --The NHL’s trade deadline day has arrived, and Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli continues to work the phones in an attempt to strengthen his team for the final month of the season and into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Chiarelli has already improved the team with the additions of veteran forward Jaromir Jagr and forward Kaspars Daugavins, but the GM would like to add depth on the blue line, and would also consider another forward.

It’s also possible Chiarelli’s focus could change, depending on the status of forward Patrice Bergeron, who left Tuesday’s game in the second period with what appeared to be a head injury and did not return. He’s already suffered three concussions during his career. The Bruins are off today, but there should be an update on Bergeron’s status when Chiarelli holds his post-deadline press conference today at 5 p.m.

Until Chiarelli is satisfied, he’ll work to improve the team before the 3 p.m. deadline.

“It’s never done,” he said Tuesday afternoon after announcing the Jagr trade. “We’ll see what happens. The thought going into [Wednesday], if nothing was done today, is that, for example, if we didn’t get Jaromir that there would be players that would come about. There are always players like that coming up at the last minute; you don’t like to be surprised that way, but you’re prepared for it. I would imagine that there would be players like that, and if there are some things that we think can help us in the proper context, then we’ll look at it.”

The issue Chiarelli and other GMs are dealing with this season is the fact that so many teams are in playoff contention, so deals are harder to come by. Chiarelli has said many times this year that he would like to add to his roster and not subtract from its current core.

From an offensive standpoint, the addition of Daugavins, 24, helps. He was claimed off waivers from Ottawa last week and finally arrived Tuesday in Boston after dealing with work visa issues.

“I like him as a player. I think he’s got a lot of elements to his game that are consistent with, or compatible with, our game,” Chiarelli said. “He’s strong, I think he’s skilled, and for whatever reason he wasn’t getting played a lot, or whatever. He didn’t fit there, so that’s fine. So we’ll see where he fits. He’s still a young player, so you try to get him in and look at him, and see where it goes.”

We’ll see what direction Chiarelli takes before the deadline. Until then, check out our trade deadline chat and be sure to check back with ESPNBoston.com for updates.

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