Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bruins to look for final pieces of jigsaw

The Boston Bruins have been heavily tipped to bring in some fresh faces before the April 3rd trade deadline, as general manager Peter Chiarelli looks to give the franchise their best hope of winning their fourth divisional title in five years and second Stanley Cup title in three years.

The Northeast Division leaders could certainly do with some additional options in a number of areas, but it remains to be seen whether Chiarelli brings in a big name player or just a number of smaller deals to strengthen the squad.

Chiarelli hasn’t revealed what his plans are in terms of bringing in new players before the deadline, but has admitted he is open to deals that would give the Bruins the best chance of going on to achieve their targets in this shortened season.  

"It doesn't mean we'll go out and get somebody now because we have cap space,” Chiarelli said to NHL betting news reporters.

"But if there are good deals that come early, you have to be in the ballgame. We're in the ballgame now. That was the proactive approach that we wanted to take here."

The Bruins' 28th ranked power play needs a boost, and acquiring a new forward with strong play-making and goal-scoring abilities would certainly help Boston when they have a man advantage.

There are options out there available to Chiarelli. Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry and Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla could both be available, with the two wingers both in the final years of their contracts and possibly looking to move.

Without a new star forward,punters who bet on NHL think the Bruins look as though they are going to continue to struggle to be able to make the most of their powerplays.

That could well prove to be the difference between earning their chance to add another Stanley Cup title to their collection.

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