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Sunday, 01 March 2015 23:08

Boston Bruins Running Out Of Trade Targets As Vermette, Yandle Dealt This Weekend

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If Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is looking to make a major move before Monday's NHL trade deadline, he is rapidly running out of big names that are still available.

One day after the Chicago Blackhawks traded for forward Antoine Vermette, the New York Rangers traded for defenseman Keith Yandle on Sunday afternoon.  Both players were rumored to be targets of the Bruins, along with former winger Jaromir Jagr, who was acquired earlier in the week by the Florida Panthers.  The Panthers currently sit four points behind the Bruins for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago was in desperate need of another offensive player after Patrick Kane went down with a broken collarbone on Tuesday night.  Vermette, who will become an unrestricted free agent after this season, had scored 13 goals and 22 assists for Arizona prior to the deal.  The Coyotes picked up 23-year-old defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a first-round pick in this year's draft in return for the 32-year-old forward.  Dahlbeck has appeared in just four games this season, but Arizona general manager Don Maloney stated after the trade that the prospect would probably have a spot in the Coyotes' lineup soon.  With the trade of Yandle today, there seems to be a spot open now for Dahlbeck.

The acquisition of Yandle, who is signed through next season at a $5.3 million salary cap hit, cost the Rangers much more than the Vermette deal did to the Blackhawks.  New York traded defenseman John Moore, prospect Anthony Duclair, and a first and second round draft pick to Arizona for Yandle, defenseman Chris Summers, and a fourth round pick.  The Coyotes will also pick up half of Yandle's salary, according to media reports.

Yandle has 41 points in 63 games this season, and is tenth in the league in assists with 37 helpers this year.  He does have one of the worst plus/minus ratings in the NHL, with a -32 rating, although that could be attributed to playing on one of the worst teams in the league. 

Duclair is one of the top prospects in the Rangers system, as the 19-year-old had one goal and six assists in 18 games this season.  He has also played at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships, where he shared a line with Arizona top prospect Max Domi.

Boston Bruins insider Joe Haggerty stated on Twitter after the Yandle deal that a comparable Bruins deal for Yandle would have probably included defensive prospect Joe Morrow, winger Ryan Spooner, and a first round pick.  It would also probably have signified the end of Torey Krug's tenure in Boston, due to the young defenseman being a restricted free agent at season's end. 

Along with Vermette and Yandle, the Bruins have been linked to St. Louis Blues right-winger T.J. Oshie, Carolina Hurricanes right-winger Cam Atkinson, and former Bruin and current New Jersey Devils right-winger Michael Ryder in trade rumors recently.  There have been unconfirmed reports that a deal was in place last night involving the B's, but no official word has come since then.  If the Bruins stand pat or make a minor move before the deadline, fans will be clamoring even more for Chiarelli's tenure as GM to come to an end after this disappointing season.  His job, and the head coaching job as well, may be on the line during the last 20 games of the season.  If the next 24 hours are anything like the last 24 hours, Chiarelli and Claude Julien may be banking on the Bruins current roster of players to attempt to save their jobs.

Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.