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Boston Bruins trade rumors, trade deadline outlook

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

Does the injury to Chris Kelly create a need for depth in Boston's lineup? (USATSI)
Does the injury to Chris Kelly create a need for depth in Boston's lineup? (USATSI)

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With the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline on April 3 at 3 p.m. ET, Eye on Hockey will examine whether each team is a buyer or seller at the deadline, and who each team should look to sell or receive by the deadline.

Rumors

Back in February, the Bruins were mentioned as possibly having interest in Daniel Alfredsson if the Senators put him on the market; that doesn't seem like it's going to happen. They're also one of the growing number of teams supposedly in on Calgary's Jarome Iginla.

Buyers or sellers

This should be pretty obvious given their place in the standings, but the Bruins are most definitely buyers.

It's just a matter of whether they're looking to add some depth on the bottom lines or want to go for a home run.

The earlier trade (if you want to actually call it a trade -- it was more an hilarious transfer of paperwork and salary-cap hits) with the Islanders to send Tim Thomas' contract to New York helped clear $5 million off the Bruins' salary cap for this season, which makes them potential suitors for just about anybody who's available.

Potential targets

The Bruins are a deep, balanced team. While they don't really have a true elite goal-scorer on their roster (Tyler Seguin might reach that point in time, but he's not there yet), they get plenty of scoring throughout their entire lineup. Still, another top-line goal-scoring threat could certainly be useful, especially when it comes to improving a power play unit. That's where Jarome Iginla could come into play.

Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson was an intriguing name when it seemed like the Senators might fall out of the playoff race due to their rash of injuries. But as long as that team is in a playoff position -- and Ottawa has shown no sign of falling out of the race -- it's not going to be trading its captain and one of its best players. So you can probably scratch that name off the list.

If the Dallas Stars put captain Brenden Morrow on the trade block (and they most likely will), he seems like a player who might fit the Bruins' lineup and could be a nice fallback option if they lose out on Iginla. Morrow isn't going to score 30 goals anymore, but he's still a useful player and can handle some tough assignments. And as long as we're talking about the Stars as a potential partner, don't overlook the possibility that the team could put Jaromir Jagr on the trade market as well. He might not fit the narrative about Boston's forwards being "big and bad" (though, he is pretty big), but he would be an instant talent upgrade and perhaps help a sagging a power-play unit.

The injury (broken tibia) to checking line center Chris Kelly creates a hole down the middle and takes away one of the best faceoff men on the best faceoff team in the league. Kelly was also one of Boston's top penalty killers, and the Bruins' penalty kill has been one of the best in the NHL.

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