July 10, 2013

Bruins better off after trade

Stephen Harris/Boston Herald

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Chiarelli made it very clear that when a player does what Iginla did before the NHL trade deadline, which was to exercise his right to choose the team to which he’d accept a trade, there are no hard feelings from the snubbed party.

“As I said back in April, those things happen,” said Chiarelli. “They just don’t become as public as they did. You don’t harbor any ill feelings, and I told Jarome that (Friday) when I talked to him. I said it’s just part of the business.”

Chiarelli’s No. 1 free agent target was 40-year-old Daniel Alfredsson, whose signing, as with the 36-year-old Iginla’s, would have allowed the Bruins to structure a contract in such a way to make it work under their tight salary cap constraints by providing most of the compensation as bonuses that don’t count against the salary cap for over-35 players.

Iginla may not have been Plan A, at least not this time, but he was a great signing after Alfredsson opted to move from Ottawa to Detroit.

Picture a Bruins No. 1 line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Iginla, and a No. 2 trio of Brad Marchand, Bergeron and Eriksson. Not many teams can top that.

So are the Bruins better off than they were two weeks ago? Well, they subtracted their underachieving problem child in Seguin, and a player in Horton who’s been sensational in two deep playoff runs but kind of vanished in stretches during regular seasons – and whom they probably couldn’t afford to keep anyway. Peverley is a guy who made key contributions and  is a very good player.

But the players who replaced these guys are going to make the Bruins a better team. All and all, it’s been a very good few days work for Chiarelli.

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