Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he is “not looking for a blockbuster” as the Mar. 5 trade deadline approaches.
Chiarelli, appearing on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich Wednesday morning, touched on his and Patrice Bergeron’s roles in Team Canada’s gold medal run at the Sochi Olympics, as well as the Bruins’ needs heading into the final leg of the 2013-14 season.
“Over there, they saw [Bergeron’s] competitiveness, they saw really how good of a player he is all around,” said Chiarelli. “He had a terrific tournament. He was really good and he got better as each game went along, and it did open their eyes.”
Chiarelli confirmed he has focused on adding a veteran defenseman to the team, filling the tremendous hole left by Dennis Seidenberg upon suffering an ACL/MCL tear in late December.
“If we were to do a trade to improve our team, I would look at anything,” Chiarelli said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a veteran defenseman, a veteran, or a defenseman. But that’s something I’ve been focusing on.”
Chiarelli, in his eighth season as general manager of the B’s, emphasized how tight the free agent market is with just days to go before the trade deadline.
“The market is very tight. I would anticipate doing something. I’m not looking for a blockbuster,” said Chiarelli. “That type of deal might be hard to do this year and even adding, with the number of teams that are still in it, may be hard. But we’re going to try our best.”
The Bruins are reportedly interested in Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, one of the most reputable hockey insiders in the business. The 28-year-old Slovak defenseman played with Zdeno Chara on Team Slovakia in Sochi and could prove a good fit for the Bruins’ system.