Bruins beat writer James Murphy will be giving updates on what he is hearing regarding possible moves by the Bruins and throughout the NHL as we approach next Wednesday's NHL Trade Deadline.
"Talking to Peter Chiarelli last night, I didn't ask him about the Pronger rumors, knowing the answer I'd get, but sources from both sides and around the league continue to say that Chiarelli and Murray are trying to hammer out a deal that would be Pronger to the Hub and that Phil Kessel would be the primary player going back. By the way, great catch by reader Shane Walsh who pointed out that the Bruins lost their 2009 second round pick when they acquired Petteri Nokelainen. So to clarify, the Ducks are looking for a roster player (Kessel) if it's the Bruins, a first or second rounder (not possible if it's the Bruins) and a prospect. We should mention that the suddenly injured Marc Savard and Milan Lucic might prevent the Bruins from dealing a scoring forward now unless they can complete a seperate deal for a forward, which they are definitely still exploring.
Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold and forward Marek Svatos are still options, as are Islanders forward Billy Guerin and Maple Leafs forwards Dominick Moore and Nik Antropov.
Interesting conversation with a source out of Philly that the Penguins who were active Thursday acquring Chris Kunitz and a prospect for defenseman Ryan Whitney are trying to pry forward Scottie Upshall from the Flyers, who are trying to free up space to secure their blue line. They would love to deal Briere, but no one wants the salary or years that come with him. The Flyers are also very much pursuing Tomas Kaberle and Jay Bouwmeester, who the Bruins are still looking at.
Could the Bruins be interested in Upshall? Maybe.
That's it for today, have a great weekend!"
- James Murphy
Be sure to check out Murph's Inside Hockey radio show this Saturday from 2-4, which will include his interview with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. The Inside Hockey Radio Show can be heard on "NHL Home Ice" XM 204 and Sirius 208, The Team 990 in Montreal, and 1120 AM WBNW in Boston. You can also listen online at Team990.com or YouCastr.com.
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