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Peter Chiarelli’s trade wish list is pretty simple

Feb 11, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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With the trade deadline approaching in 16 days, teams are going to need to figure out what they need to do to be ready for a playoff run. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is one of many GMs in search of answers for his slumping team.

Chiarelli talks about what he’s looking for on the trade market to help the Bruins repeat as Stanley Cup champions. His wishlist, thanks to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty, looks a little similar to a few other teams.

“I’d like to add a defenseman and a forward, without subtracting anything,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich earlier this week. “Right now the market is very, very slow. Races are so tight. I say this every year, but it seems slower this year. The gaps between the 12-13 spots for the playoffs are small.”

“It’s been tough sledding this year, I know we have 2-3 weeks, but we’ll see how it goes.”

The two guys that Haggerty says might need to feel nervous about their starting jobs are forward Benoit Pouliot and defenseman Joe Corvo. Pouliot and Corvo have had games where they’ve looked solid but more than a few others where they’ve been the goat.

Haggerty listed off a host of players the Bruins could take a shot at and all the names are familiar to you by now: Tuomo Ruutu, Ray Whitney, Shane Doan, Jeff Carter, Rick Nash, Ryan Smyth, Hal Gill, Johnny Oduya, etc.

A lot of players on that list would require Chiarelli to go against what he said he’d want to do. If you’re dreaming big on the trade market, you’re going to be left disappointed.

  1. chiadam - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    The other problem with trades in the NHL now is that every team can sum up their wish list in two words: center and defense. About 3/4 of the league is in the race and the remaining 1/4 does not have enough defensemen and centers to go around. Naturally, that drives the price up. So, if you’re a team that NEEDS a trade to compete for the Cup (Blackhawks, I’m looking in your direction), you’re SOL.

  2. sabatimus - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Corvo has been an utter non-factor for the B’s (other than the last game or two). Maybe he’ll be better on a different team. Pouliot’s been great and I’d be sad to see him go.

  3. papajack1259 - Feb 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Think Krechi packaged w one of the youngsters that have been up & down all year could bring you a good defenseman perhaps Phoneix? Remember there is a cap

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