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by Paul on 01/26/14 at 10:48 AM ET
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
It would seem that Edmonton's 31-year-old Nick Schultz most closely fits the profile of what Boston is looking for: a veteran, stay-at-home, left-shooting defenseman that blocks a lot of shots. Schultz leads the Oilers with 90 blocked shots in 50 games, but has only three assists and a minus-17 while averaging 16:53 of ice time for the sad sack Oilers.
The Bruins aren’t looking to take on players with term on their contract beyond this year, and Schultz certainly fits that criterion.
A player like Schultz wouldn’t make a huge splash, but he would give the Bruins solid insurance should the injury bug decide to hit them once again this season....
Schultz isn’t the name on the top of most people’s tongues when discussing potential D-man trade targets for the Bruins, but names like Chris Phillips of the Senators, Dan Girardi of the Rangers and Andrew MacDonald of the Islanders simply aren’t being made available this point. Their teams are still very much in the thick of playoff races, and it’s very likely those kinds of players wouldn’t be made available until the March 5 deadline day.
“The pickings are slim,” said one Bruins source when asked about the trade market for veteran defensemen.
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