Julien responds to possible trade talks

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted recently he’s already working the phones and talking to other organizations about a possible trade if he believes the slumping Bruins can’t get out of their current funk.

“I’m always working the phones, but I am a little more diligent these days,” Chiarelli told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

After the Bruins held 45-minute high-tempo practice Friday morning at TD Garden as the team prepares for the second portion of a home-and-home series against the Canadiens on Saturday night in Montreal, Boston coach Claude Julien was asked about Chiarelli’s recent comments to ESPN.com.

“I’m always going to support my general manager,” Julien said. “We talk a lot and whether it happens or whether it doesn’t happen, those decisions are made as a group and certainly never second-guess because once a decision is made we’re all on board.”

Whether Chiarelli is attempting to create that necessary spark with the talk of trades, or he’s seriously considering pulling the trigger this early in the season, remains to be seen. But either way the message is out there and it’ll be interesting to see how the team responds.

“Those are all questions that I think will be answered by our play,” Julien said. “It’s one of those things when you see if your team reacts if it has an impact or not. I can’t answer that for you only time will tell.”

Chiarelli has the resources and cap space with nearly $3 million to spend if needed.

Bruins veteran forward Shawn Thornton said the players should focus on the task at hand.

“Those decision are out of our control,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton. “We just focus on what we can do on the ice. I know it sounds clich√© but it’s true. You have to go out, work your hardest and not worry about those things.”