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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Trade Deadline: Chiarelli's List?

During an interview with the New England Hockey Journal last week, hall-of-fame hockey writer Kevin Paul Dupont said Peter Chiarelli is targeting eight players at the trade deadline.

Chiarelli wouldn't elaborate on who the players were. Rumors swilling around the Hub of Hockey say he's looking to add a veteran forward and a puck-moving defenseman.

Chiarelli hasn't confirmed this himself. He won't say exactly what the B's are looking for in a player aside from "size," an obsession that has benefited the team so far.

And Boston could definitely use some more of that, taking into consideration some of the teams it may encounter in the playoffs.

They'll likely have to battle the Washington Capitals on the road to the cup, a team with a handful of big boys willing to throw blistering hits. That's part of the reason the B's trail the season series with the Caps.

If the Black and Gold make it to the Cup Finals, the San Jose Sharks might be waiting for them. The Sharks took the body and bruised the Bruins in their first and only regular season meeting earlier this month.

Based on rumors and Chiarelli's statement, here's The Bruins Buff's guess at the eight trade deadline targets:

1.) Keith Tkachuk -- St. Louis Blues
2.) Erik Cole -- Edmonton Oilers
3.) Jordan Leopold -- Colorado Avalanche
4.) Tomas Kaberle - Toronto Maple Leafs
5.) Nik Antropov -- Toronto Maple Leafs
6.) Chris Pronger -- Anaheim Ducks
7.) Derek Morris - Phoenix Coyotes
8.) J.M. Liles -- Colorado Avalanche


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