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Pens improved, Bruins ‘plan on doing the same thing’

Mar 26, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

Peter Chiarelli

If there’s an arms race heating up in the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken a clear lead.

But the Boston Bruins might strike back hard.

Along with the Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, and Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins are one of the four teams Jarome Iginla will reportedly waive his no-movement clause for if the Calgary Flames pull the trigger on an offer. The Bruins are also believed to be targeting other top-six forwards.

“I certainly don’t gauge our strategy on what other teams are doing, but Pittsburgh is a very good team and they’ve made themselves better,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told ESPN. “It doesn’t accelerate anything, you can’t force anything; you try to find a fit and you try to improve your team.

“The Penguins made themselves better, we’ll see in the coming week in a bit how other teams make themselves better, and we plan on doing the same thing.”

Chiarelli added that there was increased trade chatter on Monday.

In addition to Iginla, the Boston Bruins might target the San Jose Sharks’ Ryane Clowe and, should the Stars’ attempts to re-sign Jaromir Jagr fail, the 41-year-old is an option, too.

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  1. jaybaileys - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Clowe seems like a player they already have, always thought he’d look great in Pens uniform. The ball is in Boston’s court, don’t think I’d give away the farm though for 1 rental unless they think Iginla is the missing piece to a championship team.

  2. bruinsfan19 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    The Bruins have a lot of assets to use in a trade(Young players+Draft picks) they don’t need a guy like Clowe we already have Lucic who is a tough guy like Clowe we need a goal scorer like Iginla or Jagr

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I dont think Pit is interested in Clowe. I believe only Boston, Toronto and Edmonton.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Why are you always desperately seeking approval from pens fans ?

  4. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Oh man this is getting dramatic. Awesome.

    • 19to77 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      If/when these guys slam into each other in the conference finals, it’ll be the best hockey we’ve seen since Wings-Pens. It’s gonna be phenomenal if it happens.

      • steelturf76 - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        I might even go as far as saying Pens-Caps series in 08-09, that was one of the most epic series I’ve ever seen.

  5. upyourstodd - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I want a guy that chooses to put the puck anywhere other than high glass or the goaltenders chest.

    • 19to77 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      So no Tyler Kennedy sweepstakes ticket, then?

      • upyourstodd - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        Im sure Rich Peverly and TK could be good friends.

  6. Stiller43 - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I hope the pens just drive up the asking price for iginla. I dont want him, though.

  7. wildbillsrodeo - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Bruins depth at goalie is fantastic… Behind Rask and Khudobin, Svedberg is tearing it up in Providence and who can forget PK’s younger, more talented brother Malcolm Subban? All in all, the B’s have the pieces to make legitimate power moves to their roster. I think you see them wait it out til the weekend and then pull the trigger (let the prices drop a bit).

    • neelyisgod - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Trade Rask. Khudobin can handle the job.

      • tdrusher225 - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        No

  8. withseidelinn - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    MacArthur for Clowe straight up.

  9. pdmjr - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    jarome and jagr to Penguins I am hearing

    • valoisvipers - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      That would be so nice to see them play with Crosby,Malkin and Letang on the power play.Jags should go back home to the Pens and reup year by year at a discount until he retires but I just don’t see Dallas giving him up though..

  10. capsrockva - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    I doubt Jagar will go back to Pit. At least I hope not

  11. atteckus - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Keep sitting on those hands Petey. Something is sure to fall from the sky right into your lap. But its more likely to be an asteroid than a solid defenseman.

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