With about a week before the NHL trade deadline, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he is looking to add a defenseman but has found the market so far to be slow.
“There’s just not a lot of activity,” Chiarelli said Wednesday morning in an interview on Boston sports radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub. “A seller’s market would suggest short supply, and I guess that’s the case. There’s a lot of teams in the mix. A lot of teams are at the cap that are contending that don’t want to give up players on their team but would have to in order to get a player. So there are a lot of forces that are really pushing against the market opening up.”
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg’s season-ending injury has left an otherwise-deep Bruins team with a need at an important spot. Would Chiarelli trade a draft pick or prospect for a top-four defenseman? He told 98.5 The Sports Hub he’d “look at anything,” but didn’t anticipate a big deal.
“We’re trying to improve our team,” Chiarelli said. “The market is very tight. I would anticipate doing something. I’m not looking for a blockbuster. That type of deal might be hard to do this year and even adding, with the number of teams that are still in it, may be hard. But we’re going to try our best.”
While he said he’s been “focusing on” adding a veteran defenseman, he didn’t rule out adding in a different area.
“It doesn’t necessarily have to be a veteran defenseman, a veteran, or a defenseman,” he said. “But that’s something I’ve been focusing on.”
The NHL trade deadline is March 5 at 3 p.m. ET.